Lao People's Democratic Republic

Trade Centre of Expertise: UK Trade Partnerships Programme
Contact
First name
Jarmila
Last name
Sarda Souckova
Email
jsarda@intracen.org
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<p>The United Kingdom Trade Partnerships (UKTP) Programme aims to increase trade from developing countries to the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) by maximizing the benefits of UK and EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the UK&apos;s Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS). The UKTP Programme works in partnership with government agencies, private sector organisations, public sector institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and other local stakeholders.&nbsp;</p><p>The UKTP Programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth &amp; Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the UK&apos;s Trade Centre of Expertise. EPA and DCTS countries participating in the UKTP Programme will have access to high quality trade-related technical assistance through sector initiatives. Target beneficiaries will be export-ready SMEs that are committed to securing new trade opportunities with the UK. This project will aim to promote exports through facilitating access to markets, providing advisory services to SMEs to improve their products and business operations, and strengthening business support organizations.&nbsp;</p><p>This project builds upon the lessons learnt and achievements of the UKTP programme since 2019. Previous engagement with SMEs in multiple EPA countries has shown the benefit of selecting export-ready companies with compelling products for UK customers and consumers to participate and of preparing them specifically with UK market entry services to succeed in the UK market.&nbsp;</p><p>This project complements and works in synergy with UKTP in the Pacific. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>

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External ID
C293
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Southeast Asia: ITC's Knowledge Repository for Southeast Asia
Contact
First name
Marlena
Last name
Hofherr
Email
mhofherr@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>This project aims at creating a platform serving as knowledge repository for stakeholders interested in certain trade-related topics imminent to the ASEAN region, based on resources developed under ITC-implemented TRTA projects in Southeast Asia. It is set to achieve scale in knowledge sharing and capacity building by reaching an audience beyond the direct project beneficiaries. The platform is created with the intention to stay for good, which will grant accessibility of resources even after the end of a project, and will therefore also become an integral part of the exit and sustainability strategy of ITC&apos;s projects in Southeast Asia. The platform will allow for a continuous inflow of resources provided by all ITC teams, and will complement ITC&rsquo;s global public goods offerings by providing long-term access to otherwise not (easily) accessible comprehensive regional resources relevant to project stakeholders, and other interested users in the region.</p>

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External ID
C321
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Lao PDR: Enhancing business opportunities for SMEs of Lao PDR in China
Contact
First name
Tianyu
Last name
Mao
Email
tmao@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 major objective of the project is to contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth, mitigation of vulnerability (especially for female) and job creation in Lao PDR through enhancing<span>&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">Lao MSMEs export competitiveness in China</span>. The project will last for two years and provide capacity building and business matchmaking opportunities to MSMEs in Lao PDR. ITC will work with its partners in China and Lao PDR to implement the project and focus on the bottleneck problems analysis and trade promotion activities.</p>

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External ID
C268
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Lao Coffee Competition “Award Ceremony 2023

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Pakse

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Cyan
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Event type
Public event
External ID
PE-VX3003
Overview

<p>The participants of the third annual Lao Specialty &amp; Fine Coffee Competition are identified and invited by the Laos Coffee Association and the Laos Coffee Lovers group.&nbsp;</p><p>Partners include Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao Department of Agriculture, ITC, Coffee Quality Institute, Lao Coffee Association, Lao Coffee Lovers group.&nbsp;</p><p>Participants are Market Ready Actors engaged in the production of Lao coffee. Participants include - but are not limited to - farmers, coffee cooperatives, processors and exporters with coffee farms and post-harvest processing facilities.&nbsp;</p><p>The 2023 Laos Fine and Specialty Coffee Competition’s objective is to foster a culture of high-quality coffee production and trade in Lao PDR by:</p><ul><li>Building the capacity of the Lao Coffee Association (LCA) and other groups to plan for and manage a reputable green coffee competition based on internationally recognized standards, norms, and practices.&nbsp;</li><li>Identifying high quality Specialty arabica and Fine robusta coffee and linking the winning lots to the producers, processors, and businesses behind the coffees.&nbsp;</li><li>Promoting and showcasing the winning coffees to a global audience during the 2023 World of Coffee in Athens, Greece.&nbsp;</li><li>Enabling trade connections to grow and prosper by connecting the competition’s coffee owners with international Q Graders, traders, importers, and others interested in seeing the Lao specialty coffee sector thrive and grow.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>This competition promotes best practices and guidelines in response to COVID-19 challenges. Event organizers retain the right to make any necessary changes to sample collection, processing, rules, and regulations. Participants, sponsors, and partners will be kept informed of any changes to the program.</p>