ITC prioritizes project implementation in LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS, Sub-Saharan Africa, SVEs, post conflict and fragile states. ITC has committed to spending at least 80% of its country-level assistance in these priority countries.
ITC enables least developed countries (LDCs) to increase their participation in the global economy and reach development goals through exports.
Landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) face many trade-related challenges, including lack of territorial access to the sea, harsh climates and high trade costs. These geographic challenges are often heightened by poor infrastructure, inefficient logistics systems and weak institutions, which make it difficult for LLDCs to integrate into the global trading system.
Fluctuations in the global economy, natural disasters and climate change are a few of the challenges that small island developing states (SIDS) face when it comes to exports. ITC works with SIDS to improve their export performance through regional collaboration, focused sectoral programmes, institutional support and strengthening the private sector.
ITC takes a regional approach to building export capacity when countries have similarities in resource endowment, production infrastructure, and when they have membership in regional economic initiatives. This approach promotes intraregional trade and South-South trade within regions.
While multi-dimensional poverty remains high in sub-Saharan Africa, the continent's high growth rates and youthful demographics make it an attractive investment destination. Big opportunities exist to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce poverty by connecting African SMEs to international trade and increasing local value addition to Africa’s assets in agrifood, manufacturing and services.