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CANAMBER (Canada-Americas Business Environment Reform): $11 million, 2012-2017

This project implemented by the International Financial Corporation (IFC) supports reform of the business environment in up to 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It supports improved regulatory procedures, systems and private sector innovation. Key activities include: regulatory consultations and reviews in participating countries; technical assistance to participating countries on their identified reform priorities; and design of “one-stop” tax service centres for small businesses.

Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL): $2.5 million, 2010-2012

Weak legal capacity prevents poorer developing countries from engaging fully in the multilateral trading system. Weak capacity reduces their ability to make use of dispute resolution, and to bring national legal regimes in line with global trade rules. The ACWL was set up in 2001 to ensure that developing countries have a full understanding of their rights and obligations under WTO law and an equal opportunity to defend their interests in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The ACWL provides legal advice, training and support; and it can also assist members to address legal issues pertaining to standards regimes.

CIDA support to the ACWL has helped ensure that its advice relating to member states’ trade policies, regulatory and institutional frameworks conforms with international legal frameworks, conventions and obligations related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. CIDA also supports the ACWL in encouraging member states to consider analysis from women’s groups and other organizations in monitoring dispute-settlement processes and outcomes, analysing implications for female and male producers and traders that result from trade dispute decisions.

A contribution of $2.5 million will enable the Centre to move toward its goal of becoming self-sustaining by 2021 through building its endowment fund.

State Customs Service Capacity Building (Ukraine): $2 million, 2009-2013

The State Customs Service of Ukraine (SCSU) Capacity Building Project is an initiative in which the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), in collaboration with the Polish Customs Laboratory, provides targeted technical support to (i) increase the SCSU’s capacity to manage its customs laboratory system and (ii) ensure that imports and exports are regulated in a manner consistent with international trade and security standards. SCSU laboratories will be assisted in analyzing select commodities based on internationally recognized scientific methodology and techniques. This in turn contributes to the effective characterization of goods for tariff classification, customs valuation, and validation of origin. The program will aid the SCSU in becoming more effective, WTO and EU-consistent, credible, transparent, and science-based. These improvements should support SME development in Ukraine.

PROPEL: Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprise and Linkages (Caribbean) $19.4 million, 2012–2016

Technical assistance helps the producers to supply sufficient quantities of their produce and maintain internationally accepted food quality and safety standards.

Details under Supply Capacity.

Food and Agriculture Products Quality Vietnam: $18 million, 2005-2014

This project focuses on public health (food safety), farm incomes (product value) and trade development (sanitary/phytosanitary export requirements and harmonization of quality and grades standards), improving practices in both food production and processing, and product quality control and certification. The project includes the establishment of analytical laboratory capacity. It involves assistance to both the private sector (through farmers, farmers associations and processors) and the public sector. Through improved agriculture, food production and processing, quality control, and certification practices, Vietnamese producers are expected to gain access to new markets, leading to increased incomes and reduced poverty.