Countries / Territories

Ongoing strategies

  • ITC is currently designing and implementing strategies in multiple countries and across several sectors. Below is a list of ITC’s current engagements.

    Curaçao’s National Export Strategy

    ITC is assisting the Government of Curaçao to design and implement a National Export Strategy (NES). The National Export Strategy will help the country diversify its export base and improve standards of living. In May 2020, the Ministry of Economic Development and ITC launched the Strategic Trade Development Roadmap (STDR). The STDR presents a vision for future trade-led economic growth and identified priority sectors and trade support functions. More information can be found at:

    E-Strategies for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

    ITC is collaborating with the EU to deliver the R4TRADE Project in four Central-Asian countries to promote intra-regional and international trade. The project seeks to enhance the transparency of cross-border requirements, remove regulatory and procedural barriers, and strengthen business capabilities to comply with trade formalities and standards. In this context, ITC is facilitating the design of e-commerce and e-services strategies for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

    • Press release [Link]

    The Gambia’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Roadmap

    ITC is providing assistance to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) of The Gambia to develop a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Roadmap as part of the Jobs, Skills and Finance (JSF) programme funded by the EU. The roadmap is based on extensive consultations with enterprises, training institutions and the public sector. Based on detailed mapping and diagnostics, the TVET Roadmap provides clear strategic directions for reforms required to establish a market-led, high-quality and accessible TVET system. Furthermore, the roadmap is aligned with The Gambia’s National Development Plan. ITC is also providing implementation management support. More information can be found at:

    • Press release [Link]
    • Mapping and TVET survey results [Link]
    • Apprenticeship survey results [Link]

    Guinea's roadmap for ICT development

    ITC has joined forces with the Ministry of Telecommunication and the Guinean information, computer and telecommunications sector to design a roadmap for the development of the ICT sector. The roadmap will raise awareness of the growing importance of digital skills for socioeconomic development, as well as support entrepreneurship and youth employment. The initiative is part of the EU-funded INTEGRA project. More information can be found at:

    • INTEGRA project website [Link]

    Iran’s National Export Strategy

    ITC is supporting Iran to develop and implement a National Export Strategy (NES). The strategy’s vision of “Trade-led Resilience, Made in Iran” highlights the potential of trade’s contribution to the creation of a resilient economy. The Iran Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) is leading the strategy’s development and ITC is providing a combination of advisory and capacity-building services. The strategy is funded through the EU–Iran Trade Development Project. More information can be found at:

    Lesotho’s Trade Development Roadmap

    ITC is collaborating with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the private sector to create a Trade Development Roadmap intended to expand the country’s products and destination markets by attracting private investment to the textiles, horticulture and light industry sectors. The roadmap is being developed with funds from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). Two rounds of consultations involving more than 300 local partners were conducted in 2019. The final Trade Development Roadmap document is with government for endorsement. More information can be found at:

    Lao People’s Democratic Republic Coffee and Wood Processing Sector Export Roadmaps

    ITC is facilitating the development of coffee and wood processing export roadmaps for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. These sectors were chosen based on their potential to contribute to inclusive economic growth and employment creation, particularly among smallholder farmers. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce is leading the development of both strategies. The initiative is being supported by the EU-funded ARISE Plus Lao PDR project. More information can be found at:

    Mozambique’s investment promotion strategy

    ITC is facilitating the design of an investment promotion strategy for Mozambique in order to attract investment from China. The strategy is being developed under the leadership of the Mozambique Investment and Exports Promotion Agency (APIEX) and in collaboration with the private sector and representatives of the Chinese Government and business communities. The project is operating under the Partnership for Investment and Growth in Africa (PIGA) programme, a UK-funded technical assistance project. Focus sectors include manufacturing clothing, textile production, cashew processing and fruit processing. More information can be found at:

    • News article [Link]

    Nepal's Pashmina and Coffee Export Strategies

    ITC is assisting Nepal with the development of export strategies for the pashmina and coffee value chains. The strategies are being developed with an inclusive approach, with full participation of stakeholders along the value chain. Furthermore, the strategies are fully aligned with the Nepalese National Trade Integration Strategy. The strategies are part of the EU-funded Nepal Trade and Investment Programme. More information can be found at:

    • EU-Nepal Trade and Investment Programme [Website]

    Pakistan’s Growth for Rural Development and Advancement Progress (GRASP) project

    ITC is supporting the development of selected products in the horticulture and livestock sectors in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. The goal is to improve food security, reduce poverty, and increase the sectors’ productivity. ITC’s approach involves working with the public and private sectors to improve the regulatory and institutional environment within which farmers and SMEs operate. The project is funded by the EU’s Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Progress (GRASP) project in Pakistan. More information can be found at:

    South Sudan’s National Export and Investment Strategy

    ITC is partnering with Afreximbank to develop South Sudan’s export sectors and to support job creation as well as attract foreign direct investment. Leveraging its extensive experience facilitating the design of trade strategies in partner countries, ITC will assist South Sudan in designing its first National Export and Investments Strategy. More information can be found at:

    • Press release [Link]

    Ukraine’s National Export Strategy

    Following the success of the Strategic Trade Development Roadmap in 2017, ITC continued its engagement in Ukraine, with the design of a National Export Strategy (NES). The NES aims to boost the competitiveness of SMEs and help them reap new market opportunities in the EU, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Led by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, and with funding from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) the NES focuses on developing sectors such as civil aviation maintenance and repair, machinery, agribusiness, ICT and creative industries. More information can be found at:

    • National Export Strategy [Link]
    • Implementation [Link]

    Viet Nam’s National Export Strategy

    Building on the National Export Strategy it helped design in 2005, ITC is collaborating with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Viet Nam Government and Viet Trade to develop a new National Export Strategy covering the period 2021–26. The National Export Strategy’s objective is to help Viet Nam embrace sustainability, innovation and digitalization to improve trade performance and international competitiveness of SMEs. More information can be found at:

    • Viet Nam’s SECO country profile [Link]

    If you would like to learn more about ITC's Trade Development Strategies, please contact us.


    Enquiries should be directed to:

    Anton Said

    Chief, Trade Development Strategies Programme
    +41 (0)22 730-0588

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