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Mali-Mango case – CBI intervention

This project, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and implemented by CBI in close cooperation with ITC, showcases a typical example of an AfT project involving both public and private partners. It consisted of the following interventions: (i) quality improvement through expert quality and management training for production and export companies in Mali systems; (ii) productivity improvement; (iii) logistic and storage improvements (trucks and cooling facilities); and (iv) certification. In addition to the technical inputs into the project, CBI identified and connected parties on both sides and arranged and invited their representatives to visit potential European buyers to find out their demands. It assisted in brokering arrangements with Dutch supermarkets which allowed pre-financing of the investment needed in facilities, such as a cooling warehouse. The project helped link up each loop of the supply chain and eventually ended with the verification of products by Bureau Veritas to make sure that applicable EU-import rules on health, safety and environment were met. This project was expected to increase exports five-fold in a two-year intervention span.

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Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

The IDH was launched in 2008 by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It brings together close to 40 businesses, trade unions and over 20 civil society organizations, and focuses on linking producers from developing countries in a sustainable manner to the international trade and production chains. The project is expected to run to 2015, and the Ministry has pledged around €50 million, which has been matched by a €0.5 billion pledge by 54 CEOs. The IDH seeks to improve economic, environmental and employment conditions in the initial stages of production chains in developing countries. It targets the first link in the international chains that start in developing countries and end in the Netherlands or Europe, and works on making international production chains sustainable through two types of interventions: (i) sectoral development and improvement programmes; and (ii) intersectoral learning programmes. In 2008, four sectors − natural stone, soya, cacao, and wood and forest products − were targeted. The improvement programmes focus on tackling obstacles to sustainability along the production chain, and include establishing certification systems, clean production methods, branding, etc., while the second important set of activities, the learning programmes, further the exchange of knowledge.

Private Sector Investment programme (PSI)

PSI is designed to support Dutch (or foreign) business investments in emerging markets, in cooperation with local businesses. The programme stimulates innovative pilot projects in commercial sectors, with the ultimate goal of strengthening the local private sector and increasing local employment opportunities.