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Compendium of trade-related ISMs for LDCs

A document with background information about relevant trade-related ISMs is being prepared to assist private sector participants in interviews on their institutional constraints experiences in using the ISMs. A draft of the document can be accessed here .

SPOTLIGHT: Improving DFQF for LDCs

Paving the way for increased participation of LDCs in world trade requires effective market access. A step in the right direction was taken at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference (in 2005) when WTO Members agreed to the DFQF Decision. Since then, concrete progress has been made in providing DFQF market access to LDC products.  Today, most of WTO developed Members grant either full or nearly full DFQF market access to LDC products. Also, a number of key developing country partners grant a significant degree of DFQF market access to LDC products. Not all developed Members have met the requirements of the DFQF Decision. The Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs for the Decade...

LDCs to keep DFQF benefits in Canada

The Canadian Government announced major changes to its General Preferential Tariff, its GSP scheme for all developing countries. Seventy-two countries, including major trading nations such as Brazil, China, India and the Republic of Korea will be excluded from the scheme from 1 January 2015. These are countries that have either achieved upper middle or high income status according to the World Bank classification  for two consecutive years or have a share in world exports of higher than 1 per cent. Among the current LDCs, Equatorial Guinea will be excluded from preferential access in Canada due to its high income status. The country had been recommended by the CDP for graduation...

Survey Results

Surveys on trade-related support measures contained in the various WTO commitments made in favour of LDCs were addressed to  LDCs  and their main trading partners. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of these measures and their use by LDCs as well as insights on how these benefits could be fully utilized and enhanced. An information manual was prepared to support participating trade officials responding to the surveys.   Country Summary Survey Results ⇒ Display of survey results   Country summary survey results on the awareness and use of trade-related ISMs Bangladesh Madagascar Tanzania Canada ...

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Survey of ISM use by private sector

As a follow up to the validation workshop in January this year, a survey was undertaken to further fine-tune the matching of ISMs to priority exports and to obtain private sector feedback regarding the relevance of the suggested goals and indicators to be used for a cost-benefit analysis in the next stages of the project. A report with the results of the survey and an overview of the preliminary results are available for downloading.

Cotton exports are set to increase

Uganda's Cotton earnings declined from 76 million dollars in 2012 to 31 million dollars in 2013. The minister of trade, industry and cooperatives, Ms. Amelia Kyambadde, said that the decline in  exports were a result of a decline in quality and production. She said that Uganda was the lead exporter of quality cotton some years back, but this has since dropped. The sector would be supported, if possible with a fund, to improve the production capacity and quality controls to gain a guaranteed market. The Uganda Cotton Ginners and Exporters Association (UCGEA) say the main problem affecting cotton exports is that it’s mainly exported in the raw form. Source: New Vision ...

Improving policies and regulations to support development of markets in tourism

Implementing Institutions:  Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage  Main Donors:  UNDP core resources Partners:  UNWTO, Government of Uganda Duration:  2012 – 2014 Objectives:  To ensure long term benefits to the country and its economy, the Government of Uganda with support from UNDP is working to improve the existing policies and regulations on tourism.The Improving Policies and Regulations to Support Development of Markets in Tourism project is already providing support for; the revision of the National Tourism Policy (2003) so that it is well aligned with the National Development Plan priorities while taking into account...

Development of Inclusive markets in tourism

Implementing Institutions:  Uganda Tourism Board Main Donors:  UNDP core resources Partners:  Government of Uganda, UNDP, ITC, USAID, World Bank, UNWTO Duration:  2011 – 2014 Objectives:  The Development of Inclusive Markets in Tourism project aims not only to boost this growth but also increase the participation of poor and rural communities in tourism related income-generating. The project then focuses on creating market linkages for the tourism enterprises that have been set up by the rural communities. This includes connecting local tour operators with international tour operators or, linking hotels with producers of local foods...

Development of inclusive markets in agriculture and trade project

Implementing Institutions : Enterprise Uganda Main Donors:  UNDP core resources Partners:  Government of Uganda, Kilimo Trust, Eastern Private Sector Development Centre (EPSEDEC), Acholi Private Sector Development Centre (APSEDEC), and, Private Sector Development and Consultancy Centre (PRICON). Duration:  2011 – 2014 Objectives:  The Development of Inclusive Markets in Agriculture and Trade (DIMAT) project is aimed at creating market access and improving the value of agricultural produce – core to Uganda's Agricultural Development Strategy and Investment Plan 2010/2015 which envisions shifting agricultural production from the confines of...

Addressing gender inequalities in Fish sector

The expansion of the fisheries sector could help lift Gambians from poverty, in particular women, a new UNCTAD-EIF report has found, concluding that the inclusion of gender considerations in trade policy is a useful way to achieve greater prosperity for all. The case study warns that without built-in gender perspectives, the promotion of fish exports in The Gambia could in some cases actually worsen inequality between men and women. Source: EIF

Promising Export Markets for Coffee

Coffee is the most valuable export for Uganda. In 2012, Uganda's coffee exports amounted to US$393 million. About 75% of Uganda's coffee exports are destined for countries in the European Union. The main destination markets for coffee changes according to the quality. High-quality coffees are commonly sent to USA and Japan, while low- to mid-range qualities are sent to re-exporting countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Sudan, Italy and Belgium. Uganda has an intrinsic potential to become a leading producer of high quality and internationally competitive coffee, contributing to small coffee farmers' livelihoods and to the development of sustainable businesses. Source: CBI

The Gambia - Workshop to validate priority exports

On 4 and 5 February  2014 DESA in collaboration with MOTIE organized a workshop in Gambia with the objective to validate a list of priority exports which can potentially benefit from LDC-specific ISMs. DESA consultants conducted the workshop and focussed on identifying a preliminary list of priority export products/services and on the matching of ISMs with those products/services. In addition, attention focussed on identifying key stakeholders for follow up activities, as well as goals and indicators regarding the institutional constraints encountered for accessing the ISMs.   Data on products listed in national and international sources with corresponding ...

WTO training activities 2012-2014

The WTO Secretariat provides trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) to build human and institutional trade capacity and to enhance ownership through training and technical cooperation. TRTA is primarily geared towards government officials from developing and least-developed countries and acceding countries. In order to reach out, the audience can also include representatives from civil society, academia as well as the private sector. Activities from 2012 to 2014. (a) National activities organized in the country   ( 3 ) Year Activity StartDate EndDate 2013 National Workshop on Trade and Development - English ...

WTO training activities 2012-2014

The WTO Secretariat provides trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) to build human and institutional trade capacity and to enhance ownership through training and technical cooperation. TRTA is primarily geared towards government officials from developing and least-developed countries and acceding countries. In order to reach out, the audience can also include representatives from civil society, academia as well as the private sector. a) National activities organized in the country   ( 2 ) Year Activity StartDate EndDate 2012 Educational Course "WTO Rules on Agriculture" at the Center for Customs Tariff and...

Netherlands Trust Fund II - EU market access for Coffee

Project Name:  Netherlands Trust Fund Phase II Project in Uganda (NTF II) Implementing Institutions:   International Trade Centre (ITC) Main Donors:  CBI , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Partners:  National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Duration:  2010 - 2013 Objectives:  The project focuses on improving the effectiveness of umbrella institutions and farmers' organisations in the coffee sector in accessing the European market by a) strengthening monitoring and evaluation capacities of partner...

Strengthening the National Plant Protection System in The Gambia

Project Name: Strengthening the National Plant Protection System in The Gambia Implementing Institutions: International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat Main Donors: STDF Trust Fund - Budget: US$ 50,000 Start date: 01-Feb-13 (ongoing) Objectives: Conduct a comprehensive assessment of the phytosanitary capacity gaps using the IPPC-PCE Tool and develop a project to implement action points to enhance the national plant protection system. Source/Website: http://www.standardsfacility.org/en/PGPpgStat.htm  http://www.standardsfacility.org/Files/Project_documents/Project_Preparation_Grants/STDF_PPG_377_Application.pdf  ...

Operationalization of the Scientific Affairs and Food Control Directorates of the newly established Food Safety and Quality authority of the Gambia

Project Name: Operationalization of the Scientific Affairs and Food Control Directorates of the newly established Food Safety and Quality authority of the Gambia Implementing Institutions: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Main Donors: STDF Trust Fund - Budget: US$ 50,000 Duration: 1 June 2014 - 31 December 2014 Objectives: Support a five-year Development Plan in relation to the efficient and effective functioning of the Scientific Affairs Directorate and Food Control Directorate. Source/Website: http://www.standardsfacility.org Contact person for further inquiries: Pablo.Jenkins@wto.org

African Pesticide Residue Data Generation Project

Project Name: African Pesticide Residue Data Generation Project Implementing Institutions: AU-IBAR Main Donors: STDF Trust Fund - Budget: US$ 446,150 Partners: USDA, FAO, IR- 4, COLEACP, Dow Chemical Duration:   1 May 2013 - 30 April 2016 Objectives: Enhance regional capacity in pesticide residues data generation and monitoring for establishing, implementing, and complying with international pesticide residue standards. Source/Website: http://www.standardsfacility.org/en/PGProStat.htm http://www.standardsfacility.org/Files/Project_documents/Project_Grants/STDF_PG_359_Application.pdf Contact person for further inquiries: ...

Strengthening Phytosanitary Controls in the Floriculture Sector in Uganda

Project Name: Strengthening Phytosanitary Controls in the Floriculture Sector in Uganda Implementing Institutions: CABI Africa    Main Donors: STDF Trust Fund - Budget: US$ 348,632 Partners: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF); Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Netherlands Plant Protection Service (NPPS), Uganda Flower Exporters Association (UFEA), and Fresh Handling Ltd (FHL). Duration: 1 October 2012 - 30 September 2014   Objectives: Enhance pest surveillance and diagnostic capacity to enable a better understanding of pest distribution and facilitate the implementation of efficient control...