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One of the key pillars of COMESA Business Council is building the capacity and trade competitiveness of its membership through technical capacity building initiatives.
Technical and productive capacity development for business and private sector Associations; this aims to strengthen the capacity of Enterprises in the region and strengthen the capacities of Private sector Associations. With regard to Associations; the specific focus for enterprises is; to familiarize businesses on COMESA instruments that facilitate intra-regional trade and to implement tailored, best practice models that are designed to boost the capacity of growth enterprises in the region. This will in turn open the doors of opportunity for them to participate in national and regional markets.
The specific focus for Trade Support Institutions is on; capacity building on strategic, managerial and operational aspects of TSIs functioning, how to prepare key advocacy channels such as national business agenda dialogues, set business generation methodologies on preparations and organization of result focused buyer-seller meetings, trade flow analysis, production and demand surveys and coaching SMEs on meeting criteria for joint venture partnerships and linkages.
With regard to enterprises the focus under this sub-pillar includes training programs on standards, quality, market access, business management among others.
CBC Local Sourcing for Partnerships ProgramAs a strategic response to the interests of the private sector, the COMESA Business Council launched a technical capacity strengthening project through the 1st CBC Local Sourcing Partnerships training workshop for food suppliers and hotels’ procurement managers. The meeting was held from the 26th-28th of November 2014, in Kampala, Uganda- co-sponsored by the SERENA Group of Hotels- Serena Kampala and USAID- IPAA project, and in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda-PSFU.
To support the above, CBC in March 2015 signed an agreement with the Investment Climate Facility(ICF) named, the CBC Local Sourcing Project. The one year project is focused on building the capacity of SMEs to integrate into supply chains of larger businesses in the region. The project is a pilot phase focusing on the selected countries namely, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. The objective is to l build the technical capacity of SMEs to comply to standards and recognized food safety systems. This will ensure effective competition in the regional and global markets and encourage a localized stream of efficient African businesses into supply chains in Africa and beyond. Partnership agreements have already been entered into with Serena Group of Hotels- Kampala, Kenya and Rwanda, as well as Protea Uganda and Zambia to work with the CBC in supporting agro food suppliers to integrate into their supply chains if they meet the standard requirements expected by the companies.
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