Chad is a LDC located in Central Africa, south of Libya. Its economy is largely based on agriculture and increasingly services with exports such as cattle, oil, cotton and arabic gum. Chad is focusing on boosting the exports of the last three commodities to finance its public investment plan in order to promote Chad to an emerging economy. ITC has helped Chad under the old EIF to improve the value chain of leather and leather products. Based on the outcome of ITC’s intervention in Chad, the Italian Institute for ForeigbTrade (ICE) has helped Chad to build a leather footwear production line. ITC’s expertise has also been solicited in the implementation of a tier 2 project under the Enhanced Integrated Framework aimed at increasing Chad’s arabic gum exports. The country has also benefited from a number of ITC interventions under PACT2.
Chad is a member of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and also a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). Its largest trade partners within the region are Cameroon, Nigeria, Sudan and the Central African Republic with which informal trade is also significant. The government is striving at increasing its foreign trade data both at the national and regional levels and is also part of a sub-regional project aimed at linking customs administrations.