Togo

ECOWAS: Strengthening agri-food trade in the region through institutional coordination and business support
Contact
First name
Yared
Last name
Befecadu
Email
befecadu@intracen.org
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Video

26 March 2024

<p>The project aims to support the organizational capacity, technical skills, service portfolio and analytical tools of regional and national organisations to improve the understanding and management of agri-food related policies and services in the ECOWAS region by:</p><ul><li><a name="_Hlk117017537">Strengthening the ECOWAS Commission coordination process and instruments related to agri-food trade;&nbsp;</a></li><li>Designing sustainable and gender sensitive agri-food trade facilitation instruments;</li><li>Improving the service portfolio of businesses support organizations to better serve the needs of agri-food businesses involved in regional trade</li></ul>

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C232
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OIC: Trade and market intelligence for ICDT
Contact
First name
Mathieu
Last name
Loridan
Email
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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Project
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External ID
C175
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AfCFTA: Empowering women in the AfCFTA - Phase 2 (SheTrades)
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First name
Ma Diyina Gem
Last name
Arbo
Email
darbo@intracen.org
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Making the AfCFTA work for women entrepreneurs and producers

A 2020 ITC survey of 70 African women's business associations found that 70% of them have not been meaningfully involved in negotiations and their members are not taking advantage of existing regional trade agreements.

To make the AfCFTA work for women, SheTrades adopts a four-pronged approach to engage with African women and their business associations, and to promote their participation in and shaping of the AfCFTA:

  • Developed 9 policy briefs on priorities for women in trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers, standards, trade in services, ICTs & digital trade, strengthening women’s associations, investment, competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce.
  • Published 44 recommendations on Phase I issues for women in the AfCFTA
  • Mobilized more than 50 women’s business associations across the continent
  • Organized peer-to-peer and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Kicked-off the development of a formal network
  • Supported women’s business associations with training on sustainable business development models, governance of associations, service portfolio development, and risk management
  • Bolstered policy advocacy skills
  • Provided technical assistance and capacity building on gender-mainstreaming into AfCFTA national strategies
  • Supported national-level consultations on gender issues and the AfCFTA
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Resources

The SheTrades Initiative has developed a range of AfCFTA-related resources for women entrepreneurs, women’s business associations, and policymakers:

Modules on the SheTrades Virtual Learning Space

  • Fostering an Inclusive African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): English - French
  • Making COMESA Work for Women: English
  • Leveraging Intra-Regional Trade in the Context of ECCAS and the AfCFTA for Women: English - French

 

 

Publications

Policy Briefs

Recommendations

SheTrades AfCFTA brochure

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p><span lang="EN-GB">Given the AfCFTA&apos;s potential to foster regional value chains and its ambition to encompass goods, services, intellectual property, competition and investment, it is critical that women are well-positioned to seize opportunities in regional trade.&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">The project,<strong>&nbsp;SheTrades: Empowering Women in the African Continental Free Trade Area&mdash;Phase &nbsp;II,&nbsp;</strong>contributes to &nbsp;<strong>ITC One Trade Africa strategy</strong> on African regional integration. It aims to empower women entrepreneurs<span>&nbsp;</span>to benefit from trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA. The project will help design a more inclusive AfCFTA by providing women&rsquo;s business associations with capacity-building, networking platforms and support for effective policy advocacy on AfCFTA Phase II issues; leveraging the private sector to foster women&rsquo;s economic empowerment through the AfCFTA; working with ECOWAS to strengthen the ecosystem for women; and promoting public private sector dialogues on women and trade across selected countries.&nbsp;</span></p>

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External ID
C101
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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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External ID
C130
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Togo: Facilitation d'un meilleur accès aux marchés internationaux – (AMI Commerce Togo)
Contact
First name
Ludmila
Last name
Azo
Email
lazo@intracen.org
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Recipients

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p>AMI Togo project aims to improve trade by reducing barriers and enhancing transparency. It has three key outcomes:</p><ol><li>Identifying and reducing trade obstacles through stakeholder engagement and prioritization.</li><li>Strengthening Togo&apos;s trade obstacle resolution mechanism (MAOC).</li><li>Facilitating international trade for Togolese SMEs through a trade facilitation portal (PFE) and simplifying administrative procedures.</li></ol><p>The project seeks to create a more efficient and accessible trade environment, benefiting Togo&apos;s private sector and promoting economic growth.</p>

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Programme
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External ID
C114
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UEMOA: Projet de développement des exportations sous AGOA
Contact
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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Project
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External ID
B414
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Togo: Renforcement des capacités productives et commerciales de la filière soja
Contact
First name
Fernanda
Last name
Leite
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Recipients

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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Programme
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External ID
B345
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AfCFTA Export Training Programme for African SMEs
Contact
First name
Dorina
Last name
Dobre
Email
ddobre@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 document proposes the establishment and piloting of a blended, non-accredited, vocational and practical training programme concentrated around the fundamentals of exporting and the opportunities resulting from the AfCFTA. This curriculum will be developed by the SME Trade Academy in collaboration with the Afreximbank.</p><p>Local partners, such as trade training institutions will provide support in implementation of the pilot programme in three countries, namely Nigeria, Rwanda and C&ocirc;te d&apos;Ivoire.</p><p>The pilot will involve building local partners&rsquo; capacity to market the training and conduct sessions on a continuous basis, localizing the offering for each national context.</p><p>An <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">expansion phase</span> has been added to the project involving a further 12 countries. The online training will be opened to all African countries.</p><p>A second expansion phase has been added to the project involving the delivery of national workshops for 4 additional countries following a new agreement signed with the ITFC.</p>

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External ID
B972
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