The TPO Network Awards is a biennial international activity of the global TPO Network established to recognize outstanding performance in TPO processes and initiatives.
Winners of the 2014 Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Network Awards were announced on 4 November 2014 during a ceremony at the awards dinner, held at the end of the first day of the 10th TPO Network World Conference & Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Winners were recognized for demonstrating outstanding performance in using innovative and effective systems and procedures in designing and measuring the impact of their export development initiatives. ‘These Awards recognize outstanding TPOs that help firms, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), use trade to drive sustainable, inclusive growth. By making modest investments, TPOs and their partners – which include the International Trade Centre – create impacts that are truly transformational,’ Arancha González, ITC Executive Director
The Winners' Booklet,
offers a brief profile of each of the winning Export Development Initiatives and the good practices used by the TPOs that provide them.
Enterprise Mauritius was rewarded for its Go-Export project, which strengthens the export readiness of Mauritian SMEs. The project is addressing trade-related weaknesses and equipping 20 SMEs each year with the skills required to export on a sustainable basis.
Zambia Development Agency The Zambia Export Development was rewarded for its fund – ZEDF – which helps firms meet the challenge of finding pre and post-shipment export finance. The fund makes low-interest loans to producer associations in traditional export sectors. Since 2011, the fund has issued loans to six exporting associations, supporting exporters in regional markets and beyond.
Proexport Colombia’s was awarded for its Selling Methodology 2.0, which aims to increase textile and apparel exports to the United States. The methodology enables Colombian entrepreneurs to boost competitiveness and achieve profitable exports. Significant results have been achieved so far.
In this category the panel of judges accorded Special Mention Awards to two TPOs – Enterprise Lithuania and Spain Export and Development – for their efforts to promote youth employment and skills development by placing young workers with internationally oriented companies.
Enterprise Lithuania Enterprise Lithuania was awarded for its Wings programme, which is addressing Lithuania’s demand for adequately trained, professional export managers. The programme matches talented young people with experienced private sector export project managers. It also provides them with training, thus helping to address both high youth unemployment and bridge the skills gap.
Spain Export and Investment Spain Export and Investment was awarded for its Young Professional Program (YPP), which has since 1974 enabled more than 5,500 young graduates to take up work at Spanish companies that are growing internationally. The programme has evolved as Spanish companies have become increasingly globalized. Approximately 1,800 candidates apply to participate in the YPP annually. The programme is popular with employers, too: in 2014, more than 700 companies applied to compete for one of the 181 trainees.
The TPO Network Awards Adjudicating Panel is comprised of the senior members from the following TPOs:
The panel is Chaired by ITC’s Executive Director.
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For more information, please contact the TPO Network Awards team at: wtpo-awards[at]intracen.org