The Eastern Partnership (EaP) Trade Helpdesk, a new EU4Business project implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, was launched in late 2019. The 5 year long initiative aims to increase economic ties between the EU and the EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine).
The project will:
ENHANCING ACCESS TO REGIONAL TRADE INFORMATION
The EaP Trade Information Portal will complement data available from national web sites, and include:
ITC will collaborate with the relevant government agencies in each country to collect the latest trade data and information on tariffs and non-tariff measures, enabling the continuous update of information on the online portal. To strengthen the provision of trade in services data, the project will build the capacity of relevant institutions in each country to collect and process services data for selected sectors. The portal will be developed in English with the first level of the interface available in Russian and in each national language.
BUILDING MARKET ANALYSIS SKILLS
An extensive training programme will be provided for companies, business support organisations and government entities in order to strengthen their ability to identify export opportunities and prepare market reports based on the information available through the portal.
IDENTIFYING AND MONITORING TRADE OBSTACLES
Surveys of companies in each country will be undertaken to identify and document the different obstacles they face in relation to trade in goods and services. The results of the surveys will serve as an evidence-based guide for policy makers seeking to reduce these impediments.
To monitor trade impediments on an ongoing basis, an online enquiry system will allow companies to submit issues to a problem-solving network at the country level. National authorities will be notified automatically about the problem or enquiry submitted and will be able to react by providing information, advice and practical solutions. The information collected through the system will enable policy makers to monitor trade barriers and to put in place remedial policies or required reforms where appropriate.
The EU4Business Initiative covers all EU support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region of the Eastern Partnership which brings together the EU, its member states and six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
More general information onwww.eu4business.eu.For more information about the Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk, please contact ITC's Trade and Market Intelligence Section at firstname.lastname@example.org.