The Arise Plus Myanmar Trade-Related Assistance project is funded by the European Union (EU). The project started in July 2019 with a budget of EUR 8 million. The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre..
Overall objective: Inclusive and sustainable trade growth in MyanmarSpecific objective: Increased trade diversification and integration, regionally (ASEAN) and internationally (EU and global markets) with a focus on gender inclusive market led value chains
Output 1: Strengthened capacities of the private sector, notably MSMEs, to exploit the business opportunities offered by the ASEAN single economic space, EU and global markets, in selected value chains
MSMEs in Myanmar face significant challenges in integrating into regional and global value chains despite improvements in the country’s business environment. Strengthening the capacities of local MSMEs to comply with market requirements including voluntary standards is critical to developing business linkages at ASEAN and EU level. MSMEs along selected value chains further require skills upgrading on business management and export marketing to fully benefit from new market opportunities.
The project aims to:
Output 2: Improved SPS regulatory, control systems and quality compliance in line with ASEAN and international commitments, with a focus on selected value chains
Complying with standards and technical regulations is critical for MSMEs to gain entry into regional or world markets. Given the weak overall state of food safety, quality and standards in Myanmar, businesses risk missing potential export opportunities. Food safety and SPS compliance issues require responses at value chain level.
Sensitising and building a common understanding of regulatory, technical and systematic requirements between food control institutions and food business operators following a “farm to fork” and risk-based food control approach in selected sectors is essential.
Output 3: Strengthened trade policy formulation and implementation for meeting regional (ASEAN) and international (WTO, EU) commitments and addressing NTBs along value chains
Myanmar has embarked on a series of political and economic reforms to re-engage with the international community and carry out market-based policies. As the country is opening up to international trade, support to strengthen capacities for trade policy formulation and comply with multilateral commitments is critical. Moreover, Myanmar is seeking to integrate more closely into the rapidly growing regional economy. Yet, the exporting MSMEs continue to encounter obstacles in the business environment. The capacities of the private sector require further strengthening to advocate for conducive import and export procedures in selected value chains and to take fully advantage of multilateral and regional free trade agreements.