UNDP and Government Sign A Project to Support Trade Development in Tanzania

19 Aug 2013

imageMr Philippe Poinsot (UNDP Country Director) and Mrs Joyce Mapunjo (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Trade) Signing the Project document

The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Tanzania signed today a new project document that will help to build the necessary capacities in the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) to be able to analyze, integrate and mainstream trade in policies and strategies at the national and sub-national level.

The signing event of the project titled Capacity Development for Mainstreaming Trade took place at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and led by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Joyce Mapunjo and UNDP Country Director, Mr. Philippe Poinsot and attended by Government Officials and UNDP Representatives.

The three year project aims at strengthening Ministry of Industry and Trade operational capacity to guide, monitor and coordinate trade development interventions and to effectively implement the Trade Sector Development programme (TSDP). The project which totals $3.55 million USD will be implemented by the Ministry of Industry and funded by UNDP and the Enhanced Integrated Framework Trust Fund.

''I appreciate UNDP for your efforts and I am glad that the project document is finally signed. I just want to assure you that we are committed and I will make sure everything will be implemented as planned.’’ said Mr Joyce Mapunjo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry& Trade.

The project will contribute to the following key results: (i) improved capacity of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and other trade related ministries to mainstream trade development in their plans and strategies (ii) Updated Diagnostic Trade Integrated Study- for Tanzania (iii)) Value chains for honey and avocado further developed to meaningfully contribute to the country export basket and increase smallholder farmers’ incomes (iv) Fully developed trade centre master plan for  Zanzibar. 

This project is part of support that UNDP has been providing to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for the development of the trade sector in Tanzania. Under the Integrated Window II project UNDP provided assistance that enabled small farmers horticulture producers in Northern Tanzania to be linked to European markets, livestock keepers were supported to adopt modern beef fattening techniques and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism was supported to undertake hotel classification in Tanzania.

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a global initiative for trade related capacity development in Low Developing Countrie’s which supports individual countries to develop their capacities in using trade for development and growth.

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