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Background Papers

Supply side constraints on the trade performance of African countries. April 2006

Africa’s need to build capabilities to increase SME’s supply capacity, quality, competitiveness and conformity with imported-mandated product standards is required to benefit from the offered opportunities for the advancement of trade and industry in the continent. UNIDO’s technical know how and experience in programme conceptualisation, implementation and fundraising, are valuable assets in the context of trade-related technical assistance...

Building-up trade infrastructure: Lessons from strengthening the enabling environment for supply side development and conformity assessment. December 2006

The paper presents a holistic approach to build trade capacity related institutional infrastructure and highlights the benefits of creating an enabling environment for compliance with requirements of the multi-lateral trading system and its agreements. UNIDO’s experience in the development of standards and compliance infrastructure in the Asian region is also highlighted.