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Africa: Exploring the Role of Tpos in a Changing Trade Landscape

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 > 09:27:10

(All Africa)

Trade promotion organizations (TPOs) often have an invisible role, working behind the scenes to help small and medium-sized enterprises to increase exports to global markets. The 10th TPO Network World Conference and Awards, held 3-5 November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, gave TPOs the opportunity to take the spotlight.

This year's theme, 'From export promotion to internationalization: The role of TPOs in the evolving global economy,' is a reflection of the quickly changing trade landscape. It is being shaped by technological innovations and trade policies that offer businesses new opportunities to connect to markets around the world.

Participants of the biennial event, hosted by Dubai Exports in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), had a chance to share best practices during plenary and breakout sessions and to gain recognition for their trade and investment-promotion work.

Recognizing TPO efforts

On the evening of 4 November representatives of five organizations took home trophies during the 2014 TPO Network Awards, which recognize groups that put in place successful export-performance programmes. Among the winners was Enterprise Mauritius, which won in the small island developing state category while the Zambia Development Agency took the prize for best TPO from a least developed country. Proexport Colombia was recognized as the best TPO from a developing country.

In the developed country category, Enterprise Lithuania and Spain Export and Development won special mentions for their efforts to promote youth employment and skills development.

Strengthening the work of TPOs

More than 400 representatives of governments, trade support institutions and national TPOs explored ways to expand TPOs' client base, improve their operations and reach new markets over the three days of the conference.

Discussions focused on the increasingly important link between trade and investment promotion; trade facilitation. They also explored services; market diversification; women's economic empowerment; branding; and innovation in information communications technology for TPOs.

The 11th TPO Network World Conference and Awards will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, in 2016, hosted by Maroc Exports in partnership with ITC.

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