Wider Europe: Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS: Promoting Trade Development and Poverty Reduction in Partnership with Finland’s Wider Europe Initiative (Phase II)
What is the Programme about?
The overall goal of the project is to support inclusive growth in the region through the promotion of trade and the enhancement of each country’s competitiveness to support these countries’ efforts to reduce poverty and improve peoples’ lives. This overall goal will be achieved through the implementation of four project components focusing on slightly different but complementary issues, all related to the support of the development of trade related capacities on local (Component I) and national (Component II) levels. Projects components will be implemented in parallel in neighboring countries (Armenia and Georgia in South Caucasus and Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia).
A particular purpose of this project is to improve the implementation of pro-poor trade related policy reforms and trade capacity development measures on the national and local levels, the transfer of best practices and knowledge exchange with special reference to the challenges of small enterprises and micro businesses, and the execution of technical assistance interventions in selected regions located outside the main cities.
More specifically, the project aims to:
- Support the development of trade related capacities and help small and micro entrepreneurs in remote urban and rural areas, as well as farmers and farmers’ associations to gain from the opportunities that expanded trade possibilities may bring to the regions and local communities.
- Facilitate international trade on national and local level by supporting the development of strategic documents to develop trade, optimizing the institutional framework, and providing technical assistance to exporters.
- Articulate national and sub-regional Aid for Trade (AfT) issues with special reference to the challenges faced by small entrepreneurs and micro businesses operating in local areas, shadow economic activities and informal cross border trade;
- Facilitate transfer of best practices in developing trade capacities of small enterprises and micro businesses, knowledge sharing, discussion of national and regional policies and diffusion of good practices in several thematic areas with special reference to the impact of trade (including informal trade) on local development, micro businesses, and internal trade barriers.
- Facilitate transfer of best practices in developing trade and production capacities of small enterprises and micro-businesses with special reference to tools for better market access and spread of knowledge and new technologies through international trade
The objective of Component I to support the development of trade related capacities and help small and micro entrepreneurs in remote urban and rural areas, as well as farmers and farmers’ associations to gain from the opportunities that expanded trade possibilities may bring to the regions and local communities.
Outcomes / Outputs
Outcome 3: By 2013, the capacity of public, private and civil society actors is increased to address human development challenges through evidence-based, inclusive and sustainable policies and through private sector-based pro-poor development.
Overall Outputs: Inclusive economic growth achieved in the region through trade and increased competitiveness.
Output 1: Increased economic development along trade corridors linking the countries of Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS with key markets for their products
Accomplishments so far
- In 2012, the new Chapter “Trade sector” has been elaborated and incorporated into the Social-Economic Development Plan of Sughd region for 2013-2015.
- Project supported the Administration of Sughd region in elaboration of the Trade Development Programme (TDP) of Sughd region for 2013-2015 which was adopted by the Parliament of Sughd region in December 25, 2012.
- Capacity of 467 entrepreneurs (146 of them women) improved through 33 conducted trainings;
- 8 processing companies of Sughd region certified on international HACCP system and their export capability improved;
- 6 agro processing companies of Sughd region have been participated in the International exhibition “Expo Food – 2012” in Sochi, Russian Federation. Total amount of concluded contracts are more than 400,000 USD;
- Agricultural Information Marketing System (AIMS) covering Khatlon and Sughd region of Tajikistan;
- The Business Challenge Fund (BCF) mechanism introduced and established in Sughd region;
- 61 decent jobs (41% of them for females) created;
- More than 21,000 people (31% female) benefitted from the project;
- The PPD platform (Consultative Council) at regional level supported in the areas of trade barriers reduction and economic activities.
Plans for 2013:
In 2013 the project has started with provision support to the Administration of Sughd region in implementation of adopted TDP. Namely, following priorities will be supported:
- Elaboration of Investment guide of Sughd region;
- Elaboration of the Brand of Sughd region;
- Conducting marketing research and elaboration of Plan on the activities to increase products competitiveness in Sughd region;
- Capacity building of government authorities and SME’s of Sughd region;
- Provision consultative support to SME’s in introduction and implementation of international standards (GLOBAL GAP, HACCP, ISO etc.);
- Agricultural value chains development and clustering;
- Capacity building of Business Associations;
- Improving of business environment.
Who finances it?
Government of Finland, Government of Luxembourg and UNDP.
Delivery in previous fiscal year