This Project is expanding from an existing two year project that has demonstrated how companies can harness the potential of expanding from domestic territories to cross border markets, as long as they can meet the standards and purchasing requirements of buyers in the said markets. It is also important to note that this project responds to the intra-trade agenda for COMESA that seeks to increase the current percentage of trade from 7%. The project model is currently being used by national Associations to establish partnerships between buyers and suppliers and provide capacity building in conformity to standards. The Project will provide continuous business counseling services at a national and regional level to ensure sustainability for enterprises to compete effectively in regional supply chains.
This project will leverage from the previous Local Sourcing for Partnerships project where a training of trainers was carried out, and the 6 trainers continue to work with the CBC to provide their services as per the project objectives. The key focus of this project is ;
- to strengthen Small and Medium Enterprise performance compliance to international standards requirements in sustainable production and business practices in order to increase their competitiveness in regional and international markets.
- to ensure that enterprises in Agro-industry comply to standards based purchasing requirements of buyers and are integrated into supply chains of multinational companies in regional and global markets
- strengthen Local Sourcing for Partnerships amongst SMEs and international agro-supply chain businesses