Netherlands Trust Fund III: Enhancing export competitiveness of the IT & ITES in Uganda

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Netherlands Trust Fund III: Enhancing export competitiveness of the IT & ITES in Uganda

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, engaged in trade-related technical assistance. The Netherlands Trust Fund phase III is a programme funded by the Dutch government, particularly, the Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI, affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The programme builds export sector competitiveness in key growth sectors in the 4 beneficiary countries of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda. It focuses on the exports of services, i.e. the IT & IT enabled Services sectors in Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda as well as tourism in Myanmar, while addressing needs in traditional agricultural sectors in Kenya (avocado sector) and Uganda (coffee).

The programme addresses export bottlenecks across the entire value chain to enable companies and with them the entire sector, to internationalise - NTF III is implemented over three years 2014- 2017). ITC developed the project with the very close collaboration of the National IT Authority of Uganda (NITA-U) and industry associations as well as close consultation with companies in the industry.