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Customs Management System

Project Name: Customs Management System Implementing Institutions: UNCTAD Main Donors: Government of Lesotho Duration: November 2012 - Objectives: Implementation of ASYCUDA in Lesotho Link: http://www.unctad.info/en/TC/?mode=AllProjects

Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project

Project Name: Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Trade and Industry Main Donors: World Bank Duration: October 2013 – April 2019 Objectives: The development objective of the Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project for Lesotho is to contribute to the development of selected non-textile sectors resulting in increased private sector investment, firm growth and job creation. The project will comprise two mutually-reinforcing components. The first component of the project is improving the business environment. The objective of this component is to support...

Smallholder Agriculture Development Project

Project Name: Smallholder Agriculture Development Project Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, IFAD Main Donors: World Bank Objectives:  The objective of the Smallholder Agriculture Development Project is to increase marketed output among project beneficiaries in Lesotho's smallholder agriculture sector. There are three components to the project. The first component is increasing agricultural market opportunities. This component support Lesotho's emerging agricultural businesses to contribute to increased commercialization of the agriculture sector. The second component is increasing market oriented smallholder production. This...

Horticulture Productivity and Trade Development

Project Name: Horticulture Productivity and Trade Development Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Main Donors: EIF Trust Fund Partners:    Duration: February 2013 – December 2015 Objectives: The objective of the project is to build capacity of Lesotho cooperatives and their members to deliver the markets high value Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (FFVs), through improved commercial and competitive value/supply chains. Link: http://www.intracen.org/layouts/ProjectDetailsTemplate.aspx?pageid=47244640826&id=72692

INCLUDE – Inclusive Development of the Economy

Project Name: INCLUDE – Inclusive Development of the Economy Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Industry Main Donors: GIZ - German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Duration: 2008 - 2016 Objectives: The project supports the Nepalese Ministry of Industry in promoting inclusive development of the economy in Banke, Dang, Kailali, Pyuthan and Surkhet, five districts in central and far-western Nepal. The project strengthens partner institutions by improving the public–private dialogue. It promotes the economic inclusion of target groups through support for selected value chains such as honey, medicinal aromatic plants and dairy products. ...

Trade Promotion Programme in Nepal

Project Name: Trade Promotion Programme in Nepal Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Commerce and Supplies Main Donors: GIZ Duration: 2013 - 2015 Objectives: In 2010, the Nepalese Ministry of Commerce and Supplies joined with international and bilateral donors to formulate the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS). NTIS, the Nepalese Government's roadmap for export-sector development, sets out short to medium-term priorities for trade-driven inclusive growth. NTIS is the government's key instrument for leveraging trade-related development cooperation – Aid for Trade – with multilateral and bilateral donors and thus for significantly improving the country's...

Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)

Project Name:  Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Industry, Nepal Main Donors: Australia Aid, UNDP, Central Queensland University, Australia Duration: 1998 - 2018 Objectives: The Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) is creating employment and income opportunities for the rural poor by: Providing skill and business training and other support, mainly for women and poor and disadvantaged people to set up micro-enterprises; Helping establish business support services and representative organisations for micro-entrepreneurs; and Working with the government to improve the policy environment. ...

Project development - Enhancing export capacities of Asian LDCs

Project Name: Project development: Enhancing export capacities of Asian LDCs Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center Main Donors: ITC Trust Fund Window 1 Objectives: To design a project plan for the China-funded project "Enhancing Export Capacity for Asian LDCs" Link: http://www.intracen.org/layouts/ProjectDetailsTemplate.aspx?pageid=47244640826&id=47244642028 http://www.intracen.org/news/China-to-partner-with-ITC-in-boosting-export-capacities-of-Asian-LDCs/

T4SD Small Traders Capacity Building

Project Name: T4SD Small Traders Capacity Building Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center Main Donors: EU Commission (DG Trade) Duration: February 2013 – December 2015 Objectives: Small businesses for the backbone of many economies in lower-income developing countries. Studies also show that small and medium enterprise (SME) development is closely linked with economic growth and job creation. Nevertheless, small and medium firms face higher barriers to finance, and suffer disproportionately from complex administrative procedures, a lack of trade and market access information (tariffs, trade flows, standards etc.), training, and high transaction...

Ginger Competitiveness Project: Enhancing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity of Nepalese Ginger Exports through Public Private Partnerships

Project Name: Ginger Competitiveness Project: Enhancing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity of Nepalese Ginger Exports through Public Private Partnerships Implementing Institutions:   Food and Agriculture Organization Main Donors:  STDF and EIF Trust Fund Duration: 07 June 2012 – 06 June 2015 Objectives: The project envisions ‘increased income level of ginger farmers through improvements in SPS arrangements and value addition for export to India and other countries' as its general objective, and specifically ‘increased market opportunities for Nepalese ginger through a series of SPS related and value-addition interventions' as the project...

Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)

Project Name: Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Industry, Nepal Main Donors: Australia Aid, UNDP, Central Queensland University, Australia Duration: 1998 - 2018 Objectives: The Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) is creating employment and income opportunities for the rural poor by: Providing skill and business training and other support, mainly for women and poor and disadvantaged people to set up micro-enterprises; Helping establish business support services and representative organisations for micro-entrepreneurs; and Working with the government to improve the policy environment. ...

Project development: Enhancing export capacities of Asian LDCs

Project Name: Project development: Enhancing export capacities of Asian LDCs Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center Main Donors:  ITC Trust Fund Window 1 Objectives: To design a project plan for the China-funded project "Enhancing Export Capacity for Asian LDCs" Link: http://www.intracen.org/layouts/ProjectDetailsTemplate.aspx?pageid=47244640826&id=47244642028 http://www.intracen.org/news/China-to-partner-with-ITC-in-boosting-export-capacities-of-Asian-LDCs/  

T4SD Small Traders Capacity Building

Project Name:  T4SD Small Traders Capacity Building Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center Main Donors: EU Commission (DG Trade) Duration: February 2013 – December 2015 Objectives: Small businesses for the backbone of many economies in lower-income developing countries. Studies also show that small and medium enterprise (SME) development is closely linked with economic growth and job creation. Nevertheless, small and medium firms face higher barriers to finance, and suffer disproportionately from complex administrative procedures, a lack of trade and market access information (tariffs, trade flows, standards etc.), training, and high...

Ginger Competitiveness Project

Project Name: Ginger Competitiveness Project: Enhancing Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity of Nepalese Ginger Exports through Public Private Partnerships Implementing Institutions: Food and Agriculture Organization Main Donors: STDF and EIF Trust Fund Duration:  07 June 2012 – 06 June 2015 Objectives: The project envisions ‘increased income level of ginger farmers through improvements in SPS arrangements and value addition for export to India and other countries' as its general objective, and specifically ‘increased market opportunities for Nepalese ginger through a series of SPS related and value-addition interventions' as the project outcome ...

Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project

Project Name: Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Trade and Industry Main Donors: World Bank Duration: October 2013 – April 2019 Objectives: The development objective of the Second Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Diversification Project for Lesotho is to contribute to the development of selected non-textile sectors resulting in increased private sector investment, firm growth and job creation. The project will comprise two mutually-reinforcing components. The first component of the project is improving the business environment. The objective of this component is to support...

Smallholder Agriculture Development Project

Project Name: Smallholder Agriculture Development Project Implementing Institutions: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, IFAD Main Donors: World Bank Objectives:  The objective of the Smallholder Agriculture Development Project is to increase marketed output among project beneficiaries in Lesotho's smallholder agriculture sector. There are three components to the project. The first component is increasing agricultural market opportunities. This component support Lesotho's emerging agricultural businesses to contribute to increased commercialization of the agriculture sector. The second component is increasing market oriented smallholder production. This...

Horticulture Productivity and Trade Development

Project Name:  Horticulture Productivity and Trade Development Implementing Institutions: International Trade Center, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Main Donors: EIF Trust Fund Partners:    Duration: February 2013 – December 2015 Objectives: The objective of the project is to build capacity of Lesotho cooperatives and their members to deliver the markets high value Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (FFVs), through improved commercial and competitive value/supply chains. Link: http://www.intracen.org/layouts/ProjectDetailsTemplate.aspx?pageid=47244640826&id=72692

SPOTLIGHT summary: How long should the smooth transition period last?

In response to the lack of guidelines to support the transition of countries from the LDC category, a UN General Assembly resolution established a smooth transition framework in 2004 . The 2004 resolution does not contain any mandatory provisions. Instead, it invites partners to extend smooth transition measures to graduated countries. Since the adoption of the resolution, no phasing out mechanisms were introduced for most ISMs. A few exceptions exist. Notable examples are those from the EU related to LDC specific trade preferences under the Everything but Arms  initiative and continued access for a limited period to funding from the Enhanced Integrated Framework . In...

ODA flows to LDCs in 2012: bilateral ODA declined significantly but how about multilateral development aid?

by Hiroshi Kawamura (*) Many in the donor community have expressed concern over the news from the OECD DAC that bilateral development aid fell by 4 per cent in real terms in 2012 and to LDCs by 12.8 per cent.  With this, OECD noted that there is an apparent shift in aid allocation away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries.  What was not widely reported is the fact that bilateral contributions to multilateral institutions declined by 7.1 per cent in real terms in 2012.  A lower bilateral contribution to multilateral institutions could aggravate the negative impact of the declining bilateral ODA on LDCs by further reducing multilateral ODA to...

Many scholarships, few applications

By Namsuk Kim (*) There are a growing number of  financial support measures  available (in many cases, exclusively) to students and researchers from LDCs. Types of support are diverse, including support for getting enrolled in graduate degree programs, for participating in academic conferences, and for conducting research projects. Fields of specialization are also diverse, covering agriculture, business, economics, engineering, and information technology, among others. Notwithstanding the diversity of programs and providers, a common problem confronts them all: too few LDC applicants. As a result, scholarship providers have loosened the eligibility criteria and started...