Mali

Supportive business ecosystem: Institutions and Ecosystems for Business Support
Contact
First name
Saskia
Last name
Marx
Email
marx@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><a name="_Hlk155357558"><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">Business support organizations (BSOs) are critical actors in an ecosystem of business support, categorized by the formal and informal connections among service providers that recognises and takes advantage of shared objectives and complementary strengths.</span></a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">ITC has developed a unique centre of excellence in the establishment, improvement and connectedness of business support organizations. This work with BSOs is embedded as a core service area for ITCs strategy and recognises the role that BSOs play in delivering results to all stakeholders through their ability to create scale, systemic change and sustained results</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">In this strategic cycle (22-25), ITC will continue to serve a broad range of BSOs including those active in ITC&rsquo;s priority impact areas of youth entrepreneurship, green trade, digitalisation and gender, with managerial and operational solutions, but also invest more in ecosystem level interventions, and make use of digital channels for efficiency, scale and value.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">This docu<span>ment sets out a 4-year perspective (2022-20225) and 4 strategic objectives for supportive business ecosystems with, specific outputs and activities describing the year-on-year contribution of W1 funding to the strategic core service area 2.</span></span></p>

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C130
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Global: Enhanced transparency and simplified trade formalities for business competitiveness
Contact
First name
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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External ID
C112
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Poor Communities and Trade Programme
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First name
Simone
Last name
Cipriani
Email
cipriani@intracen.org
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<p>Poor Communities and Trade Programme (PCTP), at the International Trade Centre (ITC), aims to reduce global poverty by strengthening the capacities of developing country micro-entrepreneurs, social enterprises and emerging designers for export trade, in order to connect them with international buyers, in the value chain of ethical fashion, through an inclusive business model.</p><p>PCTP provides technical expertise and business support to informal micro-enterprises and to emerging designers, through a business support infrastructure (based on hubs managed by social enterprises) that enables them to acquire capacities to set up and manage production and quality control systems, logistics and supply chain management, market identification and buyer negotiation skills. This market-based approach to poverty reduction provides micro-entrepreneurs form the informal sector (for the majority women) &nbsp;with the direct benefits of trade by creating jobs and facilitating business opportunities resulting in increased incomes, improved livelihoods and new linkages to the formal economy.</p>

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Participation of a Malian delegation of Gum Arabic Exporters to Food Ingredients
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First name
Thomas
Last name
Bechmann
Email
bechmann@intracen.org
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Implementing partners

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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B617
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UEMOA: Projet de développement des exportations sous AGOA
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First name
Thomas
Last name
Bechmann
Email
bechmann@intracen.org
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<p>Pour le kit didactique, l&apos;ITC s&apos;appuiera sur un consultant sp&eacute;cialiste de la chaine de valeur de la tomate au s&eacute;n&eacute;gal qui d&eacute;veloppera avec les experts ITC le contenu du kit sur la base de consultations men&eacute;es avec les differents acteurs. La vid&eacute;o et le livret sera ensuite r&eacute;alis&eacute; par une entreprise de r&eacute;alisation de film.</p><p>Le guide de p&eacute;n&eacute;tration sera d&eacute;velopp&eacute; avec l&apos;appui de consultants nationaux charg&eacute;s d&apos;identifier les proc&eacute;dures et les r&eacute;gles pour exporter vers le march&eacute; am&eacute;ricain sous le r&acute;&euro;gime am&eacute;ricain. Un consultant am&eacute;ricain sera recrut&eacute; en parall&egrave;le pour identifier les circuits de distribution des produits s&eacute;lectionn&eacute;s.</p>

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Ethical Fashion Initiative
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Chloe
Last name
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.
Louis Nderi

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13 Feb 2024

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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Programme
Projects
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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Fast Tracking Digital Entrepreneurship in Africa - Phase 1
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First name
Martin
Last name
Labbe
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labbe@intracen.org
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Powering digital change in Sub Saharan Africa 

Digital entrepreneurship is accelerating Africa’s digital transformation, and ITC through its #FastTrackTech project is at the forefront of the change. Our work with tech start-ups and digital markets is changing lives. 

Farmers in Cote d’Ivoire are prospering after a FastTrackTech-supported business developed a mobile platform linking farmers to customers. Students in Rwanda were able to continue classes online and develop more digital literacy skills when schools were forced to close during the pandemic.  

We have been working in Benin, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia since October 2019, and our project has been extended to 2023 continuing in Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. We provide online and onsite training, advice and coaching centred on building up digital and business skills, to fast track the internationalization of selected tech start-ups and tech ecosystems. 

Africa’s growing digital economy offers opportunities to generate jobs and contribute to economic growth and productivity. Digital entrepreneurship can help close the growing digital gender gap, favours younger generations, and can be key to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Helping Africa’s tech sector go international 

There are still challenges preventing the tech sector from contributing to its full potential, such as regulations, business support, technical and business skills, and linking to international markets. FastTrackTech Africa is solving these challenges by:  

  • working with policymakers to foster business-friendly entrepreneurial ecosystems. 

  • supporting next-generation trade support institutions, in particular tech hubs and business support organisations. 

  • building up the business and technical skills of tech start-ups and digital entrepreneurs and connecting them to market partners and investors. 

  • helping innovators develop their products and define their value proposition, and providing customised support to growth-stage start-ups. 

  • supporting start-ups to attend pitching events and major tech trade fairs and facilitate introductions to partner venture capital firms. 

ITC Tools

A bilingual digital tool developed by ITC that helps assess different areas of a start-up, such as financial management, communication, and strategic vision. The diagnosis also assesses obstacles to growth, strategic direction, management, marketing, and exports. The tool then draws up an informative and comprehensive assessment that allows users to compare their business practices against best practices, identify gaps and see their competitive advantages. 
At the end of each session, the tool generates a report, a dashboard with a bench-marking system and a radar chart showing the results, and recommendations for action. This tool is also developed as a web-based application. 
 

The Due-Diligence (DD) Tool was developed to support start-ups become investment ready by taking them through a due diligence process. Start-ups and entrepreneurs are evaluated on business evaluation, exit evaluation, operations, economics, business model, customer and product, and the market. The exercise consists of one-hour face-to-face meetings with the start-ups and a detailed questionnaire that reviews the most critical DD areas. It then generates a radar chart result with automated recommendations for improvement on low scores. 
 

The Internationalization Readiness tool assesses the potential of a tech start-up to expand internationally. A detailed questionnaire evaluates different areas such as the tech start-up's service offering, growth strategy, and market entry approach. Based on the findings, a report will be shared with the start-up, including a benchmark view on the expansion readiness of the start-up. 
 

At the level of the market, we connect businesses with other businesses and investors. This includes different networking opportunities and exposure to potential investors. ITC regularly organizes events, such as mass challenges, which pool start-ups from client countries to pitch for funding. ITC also supports start-ups to attend pitching events like Slush and Seedstars, and facilitates introductions to partner Venture Capital firms where relevant. 
 

When working with start-ups, we offer coaching on improving different aspects. For instance, coaching on how to pitch is an essential element for the start-ups to thrive. 

External Tools

Many entrepreneurs come up with a great business idea, however it can be hard to materialize the concept. Where do you start, what do you need to get started, how to turn this idea into reality? These questions and more are answered in an on-demand webinar offered by Stanford.  

The Value Proposition Canvas has a customer profile that describes how a business relates to the customer’s jobs, pains and gains, according to their importance, severity and relevance, and a value map that includes products and services, pain relievers, and gain creators which the business generates. The Value Proposition Canvas makes sure that entrepreneurs can clearly explain the values they bring to the customers. 
 
 

The Business Model Canvas is a template that helps entrepreneurs developing their business models to best describe how their organizations create, deliver and capture value. This template is taken from Strategyzer  and delivers a strategic and lean business model canvas that shows the logic of how a company intends to make money.  

Factory24 is an initiative in which Afrolynk aims to mentor and train individuals and entrepreneurs in the tech sector, by creating a platform for young Africans to learn for free and pay for the certification. The goal is to be the source of disruptive innovations in Africa to develop and build solutions that overcome current social-economic challenges and transform Africa's human capital in technology.

FoxyMojo is a Malaysian financial valuation and advisory consultancy that offers an online due diligence and valuation service. Selected start-ups will be evaluated including their three- to five-year strategic plan/pitch deck, and offered advice onbusiness value for fundraising, a consultation on valuation results which includes financial advisory, and a membership to Foxymojo’s Business network for South-East Asia and global market access and investment opportunities.  

We hope to scale up and expand the solution to West Africa. ICT4Dev helped us with training, online sales and payments. The volume of sales increased by 40%-50%.
We hope to scale up and expand the solution to West Africa. ICT4Dev helped us with training, online sales and payments. The volume of sales increased by 40%-50%.
Jean Delmas Ehui, Founder
ICT4DEV, Cote d’Ivoire
A mobile platform linking farmers to customers
A mobile platform linking farmers to customers
One of our target areas is cleaning services, where we work mainly with women. This helps support them and their families, so they don't feel they have to go leave the country to get a job.
One of our target areas is cleaning services, where we work mainly with women. This helps support them and their families, so they don't feel they have to go leave the country to get a job.
Yonas Abeje
Lead, Taskmoby, Ethiopia
A digital marketplace offering home services
A digital marketplace offering home services
#FastTrackTech taught us how to pitch to investors, we took part in human resource training, and attended international conferences.
#FastTrackTech taught us how to pitch to investors, we took part in human resource training, and attended international conferences.
Marius Okouin
Co-founder, Izichange, Benin  
A fintech platform that enables users to translate local currency into euros or dollars for personal and business use
A fintech platform that enables users to translate local currency into euros or dollars for personal and business use
#FastTrackTech were instrumental in building up our teams. What used to take me 3 days I can now do in a day.
#FastTrackTech were instrumental in building up our teams. What used to take me 3 days I can now do in a day.
Inonge Imasiku
Founder, Mangwee Payments, Zambia
A payment platform and data management system for educational institutions
A payment platform and data management system for educational institutions
Beem platform allowed me to reinforce training by using SMS messages to reach thousands of farmers in villages across central Tanzania.
Beem platform allowed me to reinforce training by using SMS messages to reach thousands of farmers in villages across central Tanzania.
Taha Jiwaji
Founder and CEO, Beem, Tanzania
A messaging, USSD, airtime, mobile payment and chatbot services for businesses, including banks, retail outlets, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), even church groups
A messaging, USSD, airtime, mobile payment and chatbot services for businesses, including banks, retail outlets, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), even church groups
O'genius platform helped so much. #FastTrackTech-sponsored webinars were such amazing learning.
O'genius platform helped so much. #FastTrackTech-sponsored webinars were such amazing learning.
Origene Igiraneza
Founder and CEO, O’genius Panda, Rwanda
A software start-up that develops mobile and web solutions in the areas of education, service delivery and other related IT services
A software start-up that develops mobile and web solutions in the areas of education, service delivery and other related IT services
Denko Kuna Foni Koita platform saves lives. #FastTrackTech helped develop the model by offering business mentoring and networking opportunities.
Denko Kuna Foni Koita platform saves lives. #FastTrackTech helped develop the model by offering business mentoring and networking opportunities.
Fatoumata Bocoum Koita
CEO, Denko Kuna Foni Koita, Mali
A health tech platform for girls and women
A health tech platform for girls and women

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10 March 2022

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Digital entrepreneurship will accelerate the digital transformation of Africa, a key driver for reaching Sustainable Development Goals.
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ITC in the media

Africa Briefing
19 Sep 2023
BusinessGhana
12 Dec 2022
Techbuild
12 Dec 2022
Top Africa News
16 Mar 2022
Market screener
5 Apr 2021
People Daily
25 Nov 2020

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p style="margin-bottom: 7.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">The International Trade Centre&rsquo;s #FastTrackTech project is harnessing the transformative power of the digital economy to generate jobs and contribute to the economic growth and productivity in seven African countries.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 7.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">The project supports tech startups and digital entrepreneurs in Benin, C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia, equipping them with digital and managerial skills as they establish their businesses, grow, and export their services.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 7.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">Digital entrepreneurs across the continent are accelerating the digital transformation of Africa, a key driver to strengthening economies and implementing Sustainable Development Goals such as quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth. Successful digital entrepreneurship also benefits young innovators and helps close the digital gender gap.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 7.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">#FastTrackTech works with local tech hubs to build tech start-ups&rsquo; capacity to scale their business and equip aspiring entrepreneurs with digital skills. The project started in 2019 and continued in the same model for 2 years. Since 2022 the project is powered by ITC&apos;s Switch ON initiative, and focusses on Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. Benin, C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mali are since then part of the Netherlands Trust Fund V project which also leverages the #FastTrackTech methodology.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p>

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ECOWAS: West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP)
Contact
First name
Yared
Last name
Befecadu
Email
befecadu@intracen.org
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Expanding West African trade 

West African men stand in a lush green field with a blue sky above
Photo by ITC

The West African Competitiveness Programme, or WACOMP, harnesses the expertise of the International Trade Centre (ITC) to increase regional integration through trade. We promote conducive business environments and greater participation of the private sector in a public-private dialogue on trade policy.

Our regional programme concentrates on improving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises’ access to secure investments and improving their regional reach. We also work to advance production and processing in the agro-food industry.

To improve business performance and value chain connectivity, we are reinforcing national trade and investment support institutions as well as supporting the ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations Network to share best practices and insights.

WACOMP also operates national programmes in Guinea, Senegal and Sierra Leone, which advance particular national priorities. 

Business tools 

We are extending the use of ITC technological tools to gather comprehensive information in the region. The Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (TOAM) identifies existing trade obstacles, with the goal of addressing them so that regional trade flows improve.

ITC has also embedded the ECOWAS trade map tool (ECOTIS) on the ECOWAS Commission’s website to assist with tracking trade performance and to capitalize on potential trade opportunities in the region.

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WACOMP

WACOMP 29 12 July 2021
The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
Kwesi Kwofie
DATAWARE
Technology and services company
Technology and services company
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Aichatoun Amadou Toure
CODESIGN
Technology and communication start-up
Technology and communication start-up
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Fabrice Sonzahi
AFRIX
Open data and AI technology company
Open data and AI technology company
Both the B2B and the trade fair were very essential to our individual businesses as we had a positive connection with potential buyers and companies. The only source of knowledge is experience.
Both the B2B and the trade fair were very essential to our individual businesses as we had a positive connection with potential buyers and companies. The only source of knowledge is experience.
Nyakeh Abdulai
Sinava Women Agricultural Development Association (SiWADA)

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Previous programmes

WACOMP Guinea

In retrospect, the Pineapple Sector Revival Project (REFILA) emerges as a pivotal WACOMP initiative, championed by ITC. 

The project sought to revitalize Guinea's pineapple industry by optimizing the entire value chain, fostering sustainable economic growth, and creating a conducive business environment. During the project, 327 tonnes of pineapple were exported in Africa and internationally 

As a result of the project, 14 businesses were launched thanks to ITC' support, including three owned by women owned. Networking activities led to 339 business contacts  reported by beneficiaries. 

As an implementing partner, the ITC strategically facilitated Guinean pineapple access to international markets through market identification, robust marketing plans, client support in new export ventures, and crucial linkages with target markets. 

The project spotlighted Guinea's diverse pineapple varieties, emphasizing the potential for niche markets and international exports. 

Crucially, the initiative was made possible through the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Comité de Liaison Europe-Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifique. 

With a focus on the Baronne de Rothschild and smooth Cayenne varieties, the project sought to position Guinea prominently in the global pineapple market. 

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p><span>The overall objective of the regional programme is to &lsquo;&rsquo;Strengthen the competitiveness of West Africa through an enhanced level of production, transformation and export capacities of the private sectors in line with the regional and national industrial and SME strategies&rsquo;&rsquo;. The specific objective is &lsquo;&rsquo;to improve the performance and growth of selected priority sectors and value chains and related services by stimulating their contribution to industry, regional trade and exports&rsquo;&rsquo;. The intervention of ITC in the form of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) will entail the implementation of the activities related to&nbsp;</span><span>the promotion of better regional linkages among selected value chain, support to</span>&nbsp;<span>key regional intermediary organizations, the reinforcement of industrial competitiveness in the region, and the establishment of the West African Competitiveness Observatory and related business tools.</span></p>

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Guinea: Relance de la filière ananas (REFILA)
Sénégal: Programme d'appui à la Compétitivité de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (PACAO)
Sierra Leone: West Africa Competitiveness Programme
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Culture project: Identity Building and Sharing Business Initiative
Contact
First name
Simone
Last name
Cipriani
Email
cipriani@intracen.org
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Boosting the creative industries 

Culture reflects a people’s uniqueness, value and heritage. Strengthening a nation’s culture through its art, fashion and design, builds social networks, reinforces identities and creates trade and business opportunities.  

The International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) Culture showcases creativity and talent in art, photography, cinema and music in Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Tajikistan, Uganda and Uzbekistan. 

We work with the private sector to strengthen these cultural sectors and increase their exports.  

EFI builds on existing skills and creativity, investing in human, productive and marketing capacity to bring intrinsic value to the surface, so people across the world can enjoy it and the communities creating it can thrive.  

The EU supports the EFI Culture Programme as part of “Investing in Culture and Creativity,” launched in 2017. 

 

When I was a little girl, I liked to sit near my mother and observe her when she was sewing dresses. Later on, I adopted these skills. This knowledge turned into an income-generating activity that has helped cover all of my children’s expenses. I am always working on developing my skills to do my best when completing each order.
When I was a little girl, I liked to sit near my mother and observe her when she was sewing dresses. Later on, I adopted these skills. This knowledge turned into an income-generating activity that has helped cover all of my children’s expenses. I am always working on developing my skills to do my best when completing each order.
Mavjuda Nabieva
Embroiderer, OZARA
Social Enterprise specialised in embroidery, Tajikistan
Social Enterprise specialised in embroidery, Tajikistan
I am happy to be able to stay at home and contribute to my family’s income. We get more money than the workers of the other fields, and I like weaving new motifs of Adras and Velvet with every new project. I would like to thank all the people who bought the woven fabrics for this project.
I am happy to be able to stay at home and contribute to my family’s income. We get more money than the workers of the other fields, and I like weaving new motifs of Adras and Velvet with every new project. I would like to thank all the people who bought the woven fabrics for this project.
Charos
Ikat Uz
Social Enterprise specialised in weaving, Uzbekistan
Social Enterprise specialised in weaving, Uzbekistan
I am still facing many challenges. But I hope that one day soon I might have a chance to get investors or donors interested in my business, so I can sell my fashion locally and internationally.
I am still facing many challenges. But I hope that one day soon I might have a chance to get investors or donors interested in my business, so I can sell my fashion locally and internationally.
Safiatou Kone
Safi Creations
Jewellery Business, Cote D’Ivoire
Jewellery Business, Cote D’Ivoire
The Accelerator has taught me to appreciate and understand my brand and its potential. EFI was able to bring that out. The Accelerator has left me feeling more confident and competitive in the global fashion market and provided me with additional value in what I’m doing.
The Accelerator has taught me to appreciate and understand my brand and its potential. EFI was able to bring that out. The Accelerator has left me feeling more confident and competitive in the global fashion market and provided me with additional value in what I’m doing.
Jennifer Mulli
JIamini Kenya
EFI Designer Accelerator Brand
EFI Designer Accelerator Brand
Strengthening a nation’s culture through art, fashion and design builds social networks, reinforces identities and creates business opportunities.
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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>EFI has mobilised consumers and creative skills to leverage a new positioning for artisans from marginalized communities in the international markets of lifestyle and fashion/luxury. EFI has enabled new creative talents to trade internationally and to get access to platforms of e-commerce and promotion that are reshaping the segment of ethical fashion, which is now a mainstream part of the market.</p><p>EFI&rsquo;s experience illustrates how investing in human capital through culture means bringing about change at the level of:</p><ul><li>Individuals, who become involved in training, capacity building and personal transformation/consciousness raising, workshops and/or business processes, dialogue and encounters;</li><li>Consumers and citizens, who become mobilized through media and/or action campaigns;</li><li>Professional development, supply and collaboration networks, who become involved through a series of relationship-building processes, joint efforts and practical programs on substantive problems linked to product development and market responses; and,</li><li>Communities, where social capital is developed and/ or solidified by connecting new human resources (from the informal sector) to existing formal business and social networks.</li></ul>

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Non-tariff measures programme (W1)
Contact
First name
Ursula
Last name
Hermelink
Email
hermelink@intracen.org
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Working close to businesses to overcome trade barriers 

 

In international trade, Non-Tariff measures (NTMs) are put in place for legitimate purposes such as health and safety. However, many businesses, notably in developing countries, struggle to understand the objectives of the NTMs and how to comply with them.  

Policymakers may also not be fully informed on the difficulties traders face when importing or exporting.  

Having documented trade regulations in more than 100 countries and interviewed more than 30,000 traders in 70 countries, ITC brings more transparency on NTM issues. 

 

Our Non-Tariff Measures Programme: 

  • Identifies trade obstacles to support decision makers to effectively reduce trade costs related to NTMs  

  • Establishes national mechanisms to solve NTM-related trade obstacles experienced by small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries 

  • Provides trainings to companies,  trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) and policymakers so they can better understand these trade obstacles and their effect on competitiveness 

  • Increases the transparency of trade regulations and related procedures 

 

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4 March 2022
Non-Tariff Measures Explained
ITC Non-Tariff Measures Programme identifies trade obstacles in order to support decision makers to effectively reduce trade costs related to NTMs
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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, which is financed by the preference funding from Denmark, supports ITC&rsquo;s ongoing work under its non-tariff measures (NTMs) programme, which aims at <strong>creating the evidence base that decision makers need to effectively reduce trade cost related to NTMs and create a business environment conducive to inclusive trade</strong>. The programme ensures that the concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) about regulatory and procedural trade obstacles are brought to the attention of policymakers and other stakeholders, <strong>enabling them to take concrete actions to address these</strong>. The work also contributes to<strong>&nbsp;increasing the transparency of NTMs</strong> and related procedures, and provides thought leadership through research and analysis, informing national, regional and multilateral trade policy making.</p><p>The following outlines the vision for the 3-year horizon of the preference funding with a detailed results planning and budget breakdown for the 500K W1 allocation for 2018, 800K for 2019, 800K for 2020 and 300K for 2021.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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