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We are pleased to share with you the first edition of the Office for Arab States Newsletter in 2016. We would like to start this issue with a short overview of our work and deliverables last year. Furthermore, you will be updated on the progress of projects implemented by OAS as well as ITC publications of interest to the region.
Enjoy the reading,
Office for Arab States: 2015 in facts and numbers
old Arabic proverb says:"Actions speak louder than words."
Following this ancient wisdom, I am pleased to share a quick snapshot of
the work undertaken by the Office for Arab States (OAS) in 2015 and the
Direct coaching of Palestinian women-owned SMEs
Enhancing Women SMEs Development (EWED) project (2014-2016) has
provided direct coaching to improve the export competitiveness of 21
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) run by businesswomen in the
State of Palestine.
One of the beneficiaries is Hilana Hussein, her company Rotem Toys has
sold more than 4,000 dolls wearing outfits inspired by traditional
patterns, after receiving training from the International Trade Centre
Virtual Market Places for SMEs
Virtual Market Places (VMP) programme aims to improve the skills of
SMEs from Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia to effectively use new
technologies and e-commerce solutions to enhance their visibility on
international markets and increase their business and market share.
In January 2016, the Tunisian company b&d, producing fouta, or
hamman towels, received the first two orders from Australia through the online
Also in January, a training workshop was co-organized with ITC and
Morocco's Ministry of Foreign Trade, connecting 80 small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with local ITC-trained export advisers
to improve SME skills related to e-commerce:
Market Orientation Tour to Spain for Moroccan companies
September 2015, an orientation tour to Spain allowed 15 Moroccan
leather-sector companies to travel to Spain and gain contacts with
leading players, including Spain's top retailer El Corte Inglés and
other major buyers such as Desigual...
Support of developing and sustaining Tunisia's textile and clothing sector under the Com -Texha project
Hit by economic troubles, Tunisia's garment industry is renewing itself and looking towards a better future ...
part of an ITC series on Non-tariff measures (NTMs), Making Regional
Integration Work analyses what businesses perceive as their main
challenges to trade, within and beyond the region, and offers insights
into the major bottlenecks hampering international and regional trade in
the Arab region, through the perspectives of exporters and importers.
Halal Goes Global provides an overview of the global halal food and
beverage market and assesses the trade potential in the market currently
estimated around US$ 1 trillion. The publication includes up-to-date
trade data on key sub-sectors, analyses the complex nature of integrated
halal value chain and evolving regulatory frameworks.
Patterns from Palestine
Développement des exportations pour la création de l’emploi « EDEC »
Projet d’appui à la compétitivité de la chaîne de valeur du secteur textile et habillement « COM-TEXHA »
Addressing Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) to promote Intra-Arab trade
Virtual Market Places