Linking Central American Women Business Enterprises with the Global Gifts and Home Decoration Market is financed by the European Union (EU), within the framework of the Central American Regional Economic Integration (INTEC) project. The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. In Central America, the regional cooperation program focuses on three sectors: regional economic integration, security and the rule of law, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and disaster management.For more information about the EU, please refer to • https://europa.eu/european-union/index_en• https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/nicaragua_en
SIECA, as a leading regional institution of the sub-system of economic integration, is responsible for the general coordination of the INTEC Programme. SIECA facilitates dialogue and coordination amongst the different stakeholders to guarantee an effective implementation of the programme and follow-up of its results.The present Project "Linking Central American Women Business Enterprises with the Global Gifts and Home Decoration Market" has been developed as part of the commitments contained in the Memorandum of Understanding signed between SIECA and ITC. It is inspired by a successful pilot project to link women entrepreneurs with the international market, implemented by ITC in collaboration with the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN) in 2015.
ITC works with several private sector partners, such as Google, eBay, Etsy, Novica, Payoneer, and DHL to offer specific technical support and preferential rates to participating companies.
The general objective of the INTEC Programme is to strengthen economic integration in Central America and generate maximum benefits within the framework of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America. The Programme includes three components: COMPONENT I: • Modernization and convergence of the regional regulatory framework, and implementation of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America as well as the Central American Customs UnionCOMPONENT II: • Regional trade facilitation through the Central America´s Digital Platform COMPONENT III:• Strengthening capacities in Central America to trade in goods and services with the aim of increasing trade between European Union and Central America.Main beneficiary: Private Sector
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