Afghanistan

OIC: Trade and market intelligence for ICDT
Contact
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Mathieu
Last name
Loridan
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loridan@intracen.org

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>The project will strengthen ICDT services on trade intelligence to support the public and private sector from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to make better informed decisions and, in the long term, to contribute to an increase of trade between OIC Member States through the embedding of Market Analysis Tools, the development of an online Trade Helpdesk and the development of trade-related studies.</p>

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C175
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Afghanistan: Advancing trade (Phase II)
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Govind
Last name
Venuprasad
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>International trade is an important driver of growth and a means to facilitate Afghanistan&apos;s path away from aid dependency. As such, the Government of Afghanistan has prioritized trade, regional cooperation and private sector development as critical elements for its economic development strategy.</p><p>The Action, therefore, aims to unlock Afghanistan&apos;s trade potential by improving quality and standards- setting, strengthening export/investment promotion capacities, facilitating cross border trade including through removing regulatory and procedural barriers, supporting specific value chains and women&rsquo;s participation in international business and trade.</p><p>In doing so, the Action is supporting the implementation of priority needs embedded in the Government of Afghanistan&rsquo;s road map for export competitiveness: the National Export Strategy (NES). The NES, endorsed by the Government and officially launched in June 2018, was the flagship document of Phase I of the AAT project (2016-2019). As such, the Action is a follow-up intervention aimed at materializing the NES strategic vision to support trade competitiveness within the region.</p><p>The project&apos;s <strong>general objective</strong> (impact) is to foster a more inclusive and exports-led economic growth.</p><p>The <strong>specific objectives</strong> (outcomes) of the project are:&nbsp;</p><ul type="square"><li><strong>Specific objective 1:</strong>Strengthened business/investment environment to support regional economic integration and connectivity;</li><li><strong>Specific objective 2:</strong> Improved competitiveness and economic, social and environmental responsibility in agri-business and manufactured products value chains;</li><li><strong>Specific objective 3:</strong> Increased engagement of Afghan women in international/regional trade.</li></ul><p>By delivering on the above specific objectives, the action will increase participation of Afghan MSMEs in international/regional trade in selected agri-business and manufacturing sector value chains.</p><p>By delivering on the above specific objectives, the Action will increase participation of Afghan MSMEs in international/regional trade in selected agri-business and manufacturing product value chains. Preliminary analysis and consultations have identified the following possible value chains for examination during the inception phase (but not limited to): 1) agribusiness (saffron, dried fruits and nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and 2) manufactured products (jewels and precious stones).</p><p>The Action will build on the results achieved within the project&apos;s Phase I.</p>

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B946
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Global: Enhanced transparency and simplified trade formalities for business competitiveness
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Pierre
Last name
Bonthonneau
Email
bonthonneau@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>The objective of this project is to enhance the functionalities and effective use of Trade Facilitation Portals by beneficiary countries with a view to create a more conducing cross-border environment for traders through improved transparency and simplified trade formalities.<span>&nbsp;This project builds upon ITC - UNCTAD longstanding partnership in the area of trade facilitation and creates opportunities for further build synergies across the agencies&apos; respective technical assistance offering.</span></p>

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C112
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Ethical Fashion Initiative
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Chloe
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Mukai
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Mukai@intracen.org
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Ethical Fashion: Reshaping the Industry to Benefit the World

A weaver at work on a Faso Danfani textile, with CABES, EFI’s social enterprise partners in Burkina Faso.
A weaver at work on a Faso Danfani textile, with CABES, EFI’s social enterprise partners in Burkina Faso.
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The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) is reshaping the fashion industry with its support for sustainable production, human rights and the reduction of poverty.

Working at the nexus of international development, fashion and lifestyle sectors, EFI is contributing to decent work for thousands of artisans, most of them women, and connecting their products to luxury brands across the world.

EFI supports low carbon processes, working with artisans producing handcrafted, climate-neutral goods, using natural dyes and age-old techniques.

The fashion industry directly relates to the well-being of millions of workers, the environment and the climate. Ethical fashion promotes all the needs and rights of those involved in the industry to ensure respect for both society and the environment.

 

A sustainable path for the fashion industry

Sustainability Services
 

EFI is partnered with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion (Camera della Moda), a leading influence with the largest luxury brands in the world, to create a framework to assess the industry on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. Find out more 

 

Sustainability Products

 

EFI is partnered with Artisan Fashion, connecting Africa’s artisans of traditional skills and creative talents to luxury brands. Find out more

 

Decarbonized Supply Chains
 

EFI and Artisan Fashion manage an international decarbonized supply chain, a network of social enterprises coordinating the work of artisans from the Global South in order to produce for luxury clients worldwide. Find out more

 

Business development projects

 

EFI’s Designer Accelerator, Opportunities are Here and Business Lab projects aim to develop sustainable business to its full potential and harness the power of creative industries to be a force for good. Find out more

Female workers organize beaded panels that have arrived at the Artisan Fashion Factory from local beading communities
Do it yourself! Female workers organize beaded panels that have arrived at the Artisan Fashion Factory from local beading communities. Artisan Fashion coordinates the work of talented artisan groups throughout Kenya to enable them to become suppliers of international luxury brands.
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI), lifestyle choices impact livelihoods. EFI acts as a bridge, connecting marginalized artisan communities in emerging economies with discerning global lifestyle brands, creating meaningful work and fair, decent working conditions.

 

We develop and sustain social enterprises, designers, artisans and micro-producers in fashion, interiors and fine foods. We build on tradition, heritage and craftsmanship, and inject modern production and business practices to improve quality, consistency and productivity while leaving intact the intrinsic value of the product’s provenance. 

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Culture project: Identity Building and Sharing Business Initiative
Central Asia: Developing entrepreneurial skills and providing access to international market to lifestyle sector artisans, micro-producers (Ethical Fashion Initiative)
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Afghanistan: Trade-related assistance
Contact
First name
Jean-Sebastien
Last name
Roure
Email
roure@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>The initiative supports laying the foundation for strengthening the country&rsquo;s trade capacities and building a business-friendly environment, with a long-term goal of Afghanistan becoming a vibrant regional economic hub.</p><p>The intervention is a recognition of ongoing efforts by the Afghan government to use trade as driver of economic growth, regional cooperation and stability. Afghanistan acceded to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in July 2016 and has placed trade and regional economic cooperation at the heart of its development strategy.</p><p>ITC is supporting government institutions strengthen their capacity to formulate and implement trade strategies and policies, improve quality standards of products to meet international standards and enhance cross border movement of goods. Through these and other trade-enabling improvements to the business environment, ITC is ultimately supporting SMEs to overcome the plethora of challenges that make it difficult for them to reach markets in the region and beyond.</p><p>The three-year plan (2016 &ndash; 2019) is implemented by ITC in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.</p>

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External ID
A764
Landlocked developing countries
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ITC delivers customised solution for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) that confront particular trade development challenges and works to effectively integrate them into the global trading system. Although they lack territorial access to the sea, these countries can overcome trade barriers by joining regional and global value chains, improving diversification, enacting sound trading policies and improving their logistics, infrastructure and institutions.

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G57
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651287619
Least developed countries
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We deliver customized solutions for least developed countries (LDCs), enabling them to increase their participation in the global economy and reach development goals through exports. We focus on creating access to digital technologies and capabilities in LDCs, where current internet penetration is at 27%, as this is increasingly critical to ensure opportunities are universally shared. We also assist LDCs in their bid for WTO membership, and support their implementation of WTO agreements.

1 %
LDCs' share of global trade
95 %
of all jobs in LDCs are in small businesses
90 %
of all companies globally are small businesses
100+ projects
implemented by ITC in 43 LDCs
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G05
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Asia and the Pacific
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The new Asia-Pacific Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) that came into force in January 2022 covers a third of the world economy and will eliminate 90% of tariffs among 15 East Asian and Pacific countries. The agreement will also reduce costs and improve policy cooperation for the benefit of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises which are the engine of most economies. ITC will focus on the ability of these enterprises to compete on sustainable and specialty goods and services.

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RAS