Rwanda

ITC @ the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries

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Kigali

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PE-NH1919
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<p>ITC will contribute to the Third UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, taking place from June 18 to 21, 2024, in Kigali, Rwanda. During the conference, it will be explored how partnerships could help unlock the full potential of landlocked developing countries for a better future.</p>

Rwanda: Value Added Initiative to Boost Employment for Women-led Businesses
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Michelle Ayu Chinta
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Kristy
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kristy@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 project &ldquo;Rwanda: Value-added Initiative to Boost Employment (VIBE) for Women-led Businesses&rdquo; aims to support 150 women-led micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the horticulture sector (green beans, passion fruit and chili) to access new market opportunities and generate USD 10 million value of sales. The following describes planned areas of intervention during the project timeframe:</p><ol><li>Increasing market access, knowledge and business information.</li><li>Providing a market-access training programme to respond to specific market-related challenges faced by women-led MSMEs.</li><li>Offering a digital and marketing training programme to strengthen digital identity and asset of women-led MSMEs.</li><li>Providing peer-to-peer learning sessions, mentoring and networking activities by leveraging regional and international networks of the ITC SheTrades Initiative between Rwandese women-led MSMEs and others countries where ITC set up SheTrades Hubs.</li><li>Facilitating business generation for the horticulture sector through international and regional trade fairs, inward trade missions, and B2B meeting opportunities (online or in-person).</li><li>Strengthening the capacity and leadership of the SheTrades Rwanda Hub, hosted by the Private Sector Federation (PSF) Specialized Cluster to create a community of partners and foster an enabling environment for women-led MSMEs in Rwanda.</li></ol>

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Rwanda: Value Added Initiative to Boost Employment for Refugees (REMI)
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Nishkhan
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Usayapant
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nusayapant@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 VIBE - REMI in Rwanda project will support 900 refugee youth in agricultural sectors, both those that are self-employed and part of MSMEs and cooperatives, to increase their competitiveness and participation in local and regional trade in Rwanda. The key areas of intervention are described below:</p><p>1. Strengthen market linkages between refugee-inclusive MSMEs and businesses</p><p>2. Enhance inclusive and enabling business and market ecosystems for refugees</p><p>3. Improve policy around refugee market and employment inclusion</p>

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C225
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Bangladesh, Rwanda, Uganda: Diagnostic studies for trade diversification
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Julia
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Spies
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spies@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 country diagnostic for Bangladesh, Rwanda and Uganda, including an analytical and a survey component, will build the evidence base to understand the value-added trade diversification opportunities and the required actions to materialize those.&nbsp;</p>

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C303
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EAC: EU Market Access Upgrade Programme Phase II (MARKUP II)
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Taurai Kevin
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Musa
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musa@intracen.org
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19 December 2022

<p>The Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP II) aims to promote economic growth in the East African Community (EAC) through private sector development and export promotion. It seeks to enhance sustainable and inclusive intra-African trade, pan-African trade, and trade with the European Union (EU). MARKUP II will address trade barriers, value addition, compliance, trade facilitation, investment, technology transfer, and institutional support. The programme has a total budget of &euro;40 million, funded by the EU under the Sub-Saharan Africa Multi-Annual Indicative Programme from 2023 to 2027. The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the only implementation agency, working in partnership with the EU regional Delegation, the EAC Secretariat and the governments of six EAC member states. MARKUP II builds on the achievements of its predecessor, MARKUP I, streamlining procedures, supporting enterprises, and facilitating international trade. The sectors of intervention are: avocado, cocoa, coffee, essential oils, French beans, gum Arabic, horticulture, leather, packaging, spices and tea.</p>

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Panel on : Export Preparedness for the new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

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Kigali

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PE-KN7600
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<p>The European Parliament recently approved an EU-wide directive on mandatory corporate sustainable due diligence, which will hold downstream supply chain actors in EU member states accountable for their impact on people and planet on a legal basis. While this is a move in the right direction, there will be some effects on non-EU suppliers, including coffee producers, that will need to be mitigated through important accompanying measures that ITC is working on with the EU.&nbsp;</p><p>There are many questions buzzing now across the coffee industry: How will this shift from voluntary to mandatory affect us? Will the cost of doing business go up? How will suppliers deal with compliance demands? Will the burden of proof be shifted down to suppliers? Who will absorb the costs this transformation requires? Last but not least, what are the opportunities and benefits linked to this radical shift?&nbsp;</p><p>The recently published 4th edition of ITC’s Coffee Guide, the world's most comprehensive, practical source for the international coffee trade, contains comprehensive information of the global coffee sector.The guide was an effort in co-creation and informed through consultation with over 70 industry actors from across the value chain. Chapter 2 provides a comprehensive summary of the coffee sector's sustainability landscape - its evolution, a breakdown of certifications, what is happening 'beyond certification' and where we stand today. It also refers to the latest shift from voluntary to mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence.</p><p>This panel discussion will provide a primer on the EU Sustainability Standards, explaining what they mean and its implication, especially for smallholder farmers in Africa. Panelists will discuss:</p><ul><li>What are the basic components of the sustainability standards?</li><li>What is their anticipated impact on global supply chains? Could they impact trade routes or lead to more intra-regional trade?</li><li>How can different players in the industry prepare for the upcoming regulations?</li></ul><p>Contact: Katherine Oglietti, Coffee Guide Network Coordinator for Alliances for Action at the International Trade Centre (ITC): <a href="mailto:koglietti@intracen.org">koglietti@intracen.org</a></p&gt;