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  • ITC BY REGION - EAST AND SOUTH AFRICA

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  • EASTERN AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

    The region of East and Southern Africa is changing. The emerging bigger internal market comprising of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the South African Development Community (SADC) member countries has been a key development.

    Since 2005 the region has been benefiting from ITC’s increased emphasis on intra-African and South-South trade.  This is achieved through numerous national and region-wide programmes aligned to the national and regional objectives of these economic blocs. 

    ITC’s approach to technical assistance is three-fold. It focuses on:

    • mainstreaming trade into the national development agenda
    • strengthening regional trade
    • increasing the development impact of exports 

    At the regional level ITC’s Programme for Building African Capacity for Trade (PACT II) is supporting COMESA in its inter-regional and sectoral trade promotion, and in alliance with business organizations within and outside its member states. ITC and COMESA have partnered in support of the leather industry in the region, seeking to create markets and also build capacity in the sector for product development. Discussions with the EAC and SADC are underway. ITC is also engaging in many other initiatives to increase incomes of disadvantaged groups, including women in inter-border trade and slum dwellers whom ITC is assisting in producing products for European fashion house under its ethical fashion programme.  

    Although ITC engages in a multitude of programmes at the regional level, the priority is in assisting countries with their individual challenges. Our focus is on least developed countries (LDCs). Projects that build agro-industry exports dominate this trade technical assistance portfolio.  Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa are receiving assistance in supply chain and logistics development in response to the wider focus on the North-South Transport Corridor and also to help them adjust to increasing South-South trade. ITC provides trade information and analysis in its Market News Service publications via printed media and mobile phones – these are examples of our direct assistance to exporters.  

    ITC is working with its development partners to promote global partnerships among business councils. ITC is also engaged with UN Global Compact companies, providing ways to enable these global players to procure products from women-led businesses in the region. Already ITC has seen a growing interest from USA, Canadian and European companies seeking assistance in identifying these African businesswomen.