Dakar, Senegal (November 20, 2017) – Today, thirty (30) Senegalese trade officers will be awarded with certificates of participation, signaling the culmination of the phase I of the “Export Launchpad Senegal – Developing Trade Opportunities” program, a unique trade-related capacity building and Canadian market access partnership. This is a successful, fulfilling and exciting occasion for the collaboration between the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) and the Senegalese Export Promotion Agency (ASEPEX).
Export Launchpad Senegal – Developing Trade Opportunities is a technical assistance project consisting of a train-the-trainer program and aims to consolidate the knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of international trade. Thirty (30) technical trade officers from ASEPEX and other trade support institutions (TSIs) in Senegal, have been thoroughly selected, then trained and are now equipped and ready to train small and medium enterprises (SMEs) interested in exporting their goods and services. The initiative is expected to impact significantly export capabilities of Senegalese SMEs.
There will be planned workshops for small and medium-sized Senegalese exporters to improve their knowledge on going global and to guide them in developing export plans for targeted international market access.
The ultimate outcome is for the Export Launchpad Senegal – Developing Trade Opportunities program to contribute to sustainable economic development aimed at reducing poverty in Senegal through the capitalizing on opportunities in global trade.
About the partners
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) serves as the trade development arm of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. With the vision of being the leading the provider of trade solutions for OIC Member Countries’ needs, the Corporation helps entities in Member Countries gain better access to trade finance and provides them with trade development programmes in order to help them compete successfully in the global market. ,http://www.itfc-idb.org/en.
TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. For more information, please visit www.tfocanada.ca.
ASEPEX has the mandate to promote the products “Made in Senegal” on foreign markets and to create the conditions of an environment favorable to the continuous and durable development as well as to the increased diversification of the Senegalese exports. For more information, please visit http://www.senegalexport.com/fr.