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Capacity Development for Facilitating Palestinian Trade: $2.15 million, 2011-2015

The objective of this project is to enhance the competitiveness of Palestinian companies by helping them move their goods across borders and reducing the costs associated with accessing domestic and international markets. By providing technical assistance and training to the Palestinian Shippers Council (PSC), CIDA is helping to strengthen the organization’s knowledge of trade regulations, standards and international best practices, expand the reach and scale of its advocacy work, and improve the services it offers to Palestinian companies.

Programme for Building African Capacity for Trade (PACT II): $19.8 million, 2008-2014

This project aims at improving cooperation and coherence across three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The project provides the following capacity building support: (i) training and certifying African trainers in a range of trade development tools; (ii) training RECs staff on the assessment of export potential; (iii) developing regionally based trade support networks; and (iv) engaging trade support organizations in a trade information network. The project also trains and provides advisory services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre in Geneva.

African Development Bank (AfDB) - Aid for Trade: $15 million, 2011-2012

The AfDB plays a leadership role in the implementation of AFT in Africa by addressing soft and hard infrastructure constraints through operational activities, assisting in institutional capacity building, and improving cross-country coherence through knowledge sharing. The AfDB currently does this through a variety of separate programs, very few of which focus exclusively on trade facilitation and standards.

CIDA has lead the way in helping the AfDB create an AFT trust fund, focussed on trade facilitation and standards and modelled on a similar fund at the IDB. The contribution serves as a catalyst for the creation of a much larger, more focused multi-donor trust fund. The grant would target AFT-related areas where Africa is lagging, namely in trade facilitation and in helping exports to meet international standards, particularly in agriculture. In addition, 25% of the funds are earmarked for gender-specific programming.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): The Regional Infrastructure Integration Fund 2012: $10 million, 2012-2017

The IDB’s new Regional Infrastructure Integration Fund (RIIF) is a multi-donor trust fund whose objective is to provide technical assistance to support the preparation of infrastructure projects in Latin American and the Caribbean. The Fund will support the following priority areas: strengthening best practices in regional regulatory frameworks by removing regulatory bottlenecks at border crossings; promoting investments that reduce the logistics costs of regional trade by investing in infrastructure corridors, ports and maritime services, and improving market structures for air cargo services; and enhancing transnational regulatory frameworks for key regional markets, such as energy and telecommunications.

This project aims to improve the export competiveness and readiness of 55 SMEs in Bolivia, Burkhina Faso and Guyana that employ approximately 4,000 people, with a particular emphasis on businesses led by women. The project aims to provide trade-related advisory services to these firms and to help them establish connections with international markets, particularly in Canada, which in turn helps them generate new export sales and ultimately contribute to increased or improved employment opportunities in their own countries. Finally, the project aims to increase the capacity of five local trade support institutions to deliver improved services that benefit local exporters in a sustainable way. It is implemented by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Executive Services Organization (CESO).

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Aid for Trade Strategic Fund: $10 million, 2009-2012

The IDB instituted an AFT Strategic Fund in 2009 to help countries in the Americas benefit from liberalized trade and increased market access by using grant resources to overcome supply-side constraints. The trust fund is the first of its kind created by a multilateral organization and is predicated on the notion that trade can be an engine for growth and poverty reduction when accompanied with appropriate public and private sector policies. CIDA has invested in this leading-edge trust fund. The grant is directed to trade facilitation and standards, with one quarter devoted specifically to gender-based programming.

Aid for Trade Initiative - World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility: $5 million, 2011-2012

This grant is Canada’s contribution to the World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF) in support of the Aid for Trade Initiative. The Trade Facilitation Facility is a multi-donor trust fund launched in April 2009 to help developing countries take better advantage of global trade opportunities by reducing trade costs. The Facility enables the World Bank Group to respond to increased demands from developing countries to overcome trade bottlenecks that stem from weaknesses in trade logistics, customs, testing and certification, and other aspects of trade facilitation.

East African Community Partnership Fund: $3.3 million, 2009-2013

This project assists the East African Community (EAC) to promote and coordinate the adoption by member states of harmonized policies and regulations on customs, tariffs and other trade matters. The project also supports the joint negotiation of extra-regional trade agreements (e.g. with the European Union), and the full participation in the EAC of the new Partner States, Rwanda and Burundi