ITC’s Trade Facilitation Programme focuses mainly in supporting the private sector to fully profit from the TFA and increase its participation in the TF reform dialogue, with the aim of enhancing the business environment. One of the main components of the private sector support is the creation of awareness of private sector on TFA provisions and implications in order to lay the foundation for constructive national dialogue.ITC assists countries in the publication of trade related regulations and procedures in a step-by-step “National Trade Procedures Guide” as well as in making selected key information and forms available on-line through a dedicated portal. ITC also provides support to set-up and operationalize trade facilitation enquiry points. These interventions are complemented by capacity building support. Initiatives take place in beneficiary countries reaching SMEs in capitals and at-borders-posts, including women owned enterprises and entrepreneurs in different sector of the economy.You can access in the following link two samples of presentations delivered in the framework of the ITC TF programme:
Strengthening SME ability to cross borders: ITC contributes to enhance private sector ability to comply with cross-border operations requirements through dedicated trainings and workshops. It provides support to help informal cross-border trader, and notably women, to shift to the formal sector. Finally, ITC supports SMEs’ integration into regional and global value chain by connecting them further with logistic services providers across the whole supply chain.It is expected that with ITC’s interventions SMEs in beneficiary countries will reduce the time and resources invested in managing export administrative activities, hence reducing transaction costs and increasing competitiveness of enterprises.
The ITC has developed a diagnostic and capacity-building programme for designing and implementing measures reflecting a gender-sensitive approach at national and regional level. This complements ITC’s successful Women in Trade Programme, which seeks to integrate SMEs owned by women into global supply chains.
Strengthening SME ability to cross borders
Unlocking the potential of Informal Women Traders In East AfricaThe magnitude of informal trade is a concern to many in sub-Saharan Africa not only because of lost revenue, but also in terms of border security and the welfare of those living in communities in border areas. It is estimated that 70 per cent of informal cross-border trade in sub-Saharan Africa is undertaken by women and youths.Thanks to an ongoing ITC pilot project in the East African Community (EAC), some 8,000 women traders are being given the chance to move from the informal to the formal sector, increasing their earnings and personal safety.The magnitude of informal trade is a concern to many governments in sub-Saharan Africa, not only due to lost revenue, but also in terms of border security and the welfare of communities living in border areas. Women play a key role in informal trade. It is estimated that 70% of informal cross-border trade in sub-Saharan Africa is undertaken by women and youths.As a result of this ITC pilot project:
Kyrgyzstan: overcoming non-tariff barriers through trade facilitationTrade facilitation is one of the three pillars of Kyrgyzstan’s National Export Strategy (NES), which was developed in collaboration with ITC. The consultative and inclusive public-private dialogue used for the development of the NES has already contributed to the following:
Fiji: training vendors and health inspectors to improve export services in agricultureDeveloping economies tend to be heavily reliant on agriculture exports and are therefore susceptible to changes in regulations and standards in export markets. ITC is training market vendors and national inspectors to promote awareness about hygiene and food-safety requirements. This will build Fiji’s capacity to implement Food Safety Systems and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance measures, ultimately linking to increased exports.As a result of this ITC project:
ITC published a guide on the Bali package.