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OAS Newsletter Issue 2

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    Dear Reader,

    We are pleased to share with you the first edition of the Office for Arab States Newsletter in 2016. We would like to start this issue with a short overview of our work and deliverables last year. Furthermore, you will be updated on the progress of projects implemented by OAS as well as ITC publications of interest to the region.

    Enjoy the reading,

     

     

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    Office for Arab States: 2015 in facts and numbers

    An old Arabic proverb says:"Actions speak louder than words." Following this ancient wisdom, I am pleased to share a quick snapshot of the work undertaken by the Office for Arab States (OAS) in 2015 and the results achieved...

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    Direct coaching of Palestinian women-owned SMEs

    The Enhancing Women SMEs Development (EWED) project (2014-2016) has provided direct coaching to improve the export competitiveness of 21 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) run by businesswomen in the State of Palestine.

    One of the beneficiaries is Hilana Hussein, her company Rotem Toys has sold more than 4,000 dolls wearing outfits inspired by traditional patterns, after receiving training from the International Trade Centre (ITC): ...

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    Virtual Market Places for SMEs

    ITC's Virtual Market Places (VMP) programme aims to improve the skills of SMEs from Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia to effectively use new technologies and e-commerce solutions to enhance their visibility on international markets and increase their business and market share.

    In January 2016, the Tunisian company b&d, producing fouta, or hamman towels, received the first two orders from Australia through the online marketplace TradeKey.

    Also in January, a training workshop was co-organized with ITC and Morocco's Ministry of Foreign Trade, connecting 80 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with local ITC-trained export advisers to improve SME skills related to e-commerce: ...

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    Market Orientation Tour to Spain for Moroccan companies

    In September 2015, an orientation tour to Spain allowed 15 Moroccan leather-sector companies to travel to Spain and gain contacts with leading players, including Spain's top retailer El Corte Inglés and other major buyers such as Desigual...

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    Support of developing and sustaining Tunisia's textile and clothing sector under the Com -Texha project

    Hit by economic troubles, Tunisia's garment industry is renewing itself and looking towards a better future ...

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    New Publications

    As part of an ITC series on Non-tariff measures (NTMs), Making Regional Integration Work analyses what businesses perceive as their main challenges to trade, within and beyond the region, and offers insights into the major bottlenecks hampering international and regional trade in the Arab region, through the perspectives of exporters and importers. Read more...

    Halal Goes Global provides an overview of the global halal food and beverage market and assesses the trade potential in the market currently estimated around US$ 1 trillion. The publication includes up-to-date trade data on key sub-sectors, analyses the complex nature of integrated halal value chain and evolving regulatory frameworks. Read more... ...

     

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