The programme aims to increase sustainable and shared prosperity in Kenya by increasing Kenya’s trade with the region and the rest of the world. Specifically, the programme will (i) invest in improving the efficiency and capacity of transport, logistics and trade infrastructure at Mombasa Port and key border points; (ii) invest in systems to improve trading standards, reduce non-tariff barriers and enhance transparency in trade processes; (iii) improve the regulatory and policy environment for trade; and (iv) support private sector advocacy for trade competitiveness, the export capacity of Kenyan businesses and the greater participation of women and small and growing businesses in trade. ICF component is supporting Kenya Ports Authority to develop and implement a Green Port Policy to help the port adapt and become resilient to climate change. Key objectives include introducing new climate friendly technologies into the port’s operations.
To support developing countries use trade to achieve economic growth and poverty reduction. The programme will provide analytical, evidence-based research, and trade diagnostics tools and databases. The programme activities aim to build the trade capacity in 72 developing countries to better integrate into the global trading system in order to enhance their economic development. The research and knowledge will support developing countries to gain access to global markets as well as inform policy making decisions contributing to achieving poverty reduction, integral to DFID’s Economic Development Strategy. The programme will also provide financial and technical support to develop sustainable trade strategies that will have a positive impact on poor people’s lives through the promotion of private sector development and job opportunities.
The Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund aims to improve the skills of the world’s poorest developing country governments so they can effectively participate in international negotiations on the global platform. Our support will help developing countries to secure deals that are pro-development and act in their own interests which should led to transformative economic development and in turn poverty reduction, including for women and girls. The Fund will also provide additional support to DFID’s 28 priority countries to ensure they are able to take advantage of secured deals, such as through government strategy planning. The Fund will deliver this support through external technical and legal advice, skills training and some logistical support to developing country governments.
To support developing countries formulate more effective trade policies and negotiate more successfully in trade talks through the provision of impartial, evidence-based advice and opportunities to debate key issues with relevant stakeholders. This will benefit developing countries by giving them a voice in global trade policy making processes and will contribute over time to more inclusive and sustainable development.
This programme will create the first Commonwealth Standards Network: a platform for peer-to-peer exchange and support. It will: identify a core suite of international standards which members agree support their development objectives; produce a standards toolkit to support the adoption and increased use of standards across all Commonwealth nations; and deliver extensive training and technical assistance to empower developing countries to increase their use of international standards in order to boost their export potential, thereby supporting their sustainable economic growth.