The ASEAN Regional Integration Support by the EU (ARISE) Plus is a regional programme for the ASEAN region.The EUR 8 million ARISE Plus Myanmar Trade-Related Assistance Project is fully funded by the European Union (EU).
The project is a project with the Government of Myanmar in the lead.The project has been designed and will be implemented jointly with the Government of Myanmar, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce (MoC).The MoC is responsible for the formulation and implementation of trade policies, trade promotion, regional and international trade cooperation as well as monitoring of domestic market.A Steering Committee co-chaired by the MoC and the Delegation of the EU to Myanmar will provide overall direction. Competent national level agencies and apex business entities will support workplan development and implementation of activities.
The project ensures the involvement of a wide range of partners from the civil society as well as public and private sector organizations such as: Myantrade, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI), the Myanmar Women Entrepreneur Association (MWEA), Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOPF), the Ministry of Industry (MOI), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI), the Ministry of Health and Sport (MOHS), and its Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and Myanmar Customs.
Direct beneficiaries of the project are Myanmar producers, micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs), and the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).Other line Ministries and trade support institutions also directly benefit from training and capacity building activities.Final beneficiaries are producers, processors, collectors, traders, exporters, as well as women workers throughout and along the selected sector value chains.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the only United Nations development agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of SMEs. ITC enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people and poor communities. Established in 1964, ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.ITC has been supporting the private sector in Myanmar since 1999 as part of its regional South-South Trade Promotion Programme, which helped to generate business for MSMEs in Asian and ASEAN markets. Myanmar’s first-ever five-year National Export Strategy was designed and launched in 2015 with ITC’s advisory support. Further, ITC contributes through trade-related technical assistance projects on food safety and SPS compliance, inclusive tourism, trade competitiveness and investment promotion. ITC is the implementing agency of the ARISE Plus Myanmar Trade-Related Assistance Project.