Exports contribute considerably to prosperity, and developing countries are no exception: exporting contributes substantially to their economic growth.
In order to export in a sustainable manner, solid trade support institutions play a considerable role by helping relevant and potential sectors to expand and compete in international trade. For instance, there is more than enough good mango growing in Senegal, or coffee in Uganda, yet their exports may still be considerably improved.
Producers and exporters need strong associations that will facilitate the steps to foreign markets, in particular to European Markets.
The Netherlands Trust Fund Phase II (NTF II) is a programme funded by the Netherlands’ Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). The NTF II partnership agreement was signed on 25 March 2009 and aims at achieving the overall objective of creating sustainable exporter competitiveness in selected potential export sectors and selected CBI partner countries.
This objective is to be achieved through enhanced capacity of Trade Support Institutions to provide effective services to SMEs - and by addressing value chain constraints. NTF II contributes to building export competitiveness of specific sectors and to equiping the institutions to carry on activities after programme end.
CBI and ITC together selected five countries in which to work under NTF II.
The NTF II Bangladesh project aims to address needs expressed by Bangladeshi stakeholders of the IT and IT-enabled services (ITES) industry.
The developmental goal of the NTF II Kenya project is to improve the export performance of the tree fruit sector in Kenya by creating greater exporter competitiveness.
The proposed project "Creation of sustainable competitiveness of the mango export in Senegal”, focuses on the Niayes region and adopts a proactive approach based on demand from selected target markets.
The NTF II South Africa project aims at improving export competitiveness of the 2nd tier manufacturers of automotive components to create employment and diversify export markets, reducing the sector's vulnerability.
The developmental goal of the NTF II Uganda project is to contribute to the MDGs by realizing the potential that the coffee sector offers to improve the livelihoods of the producers through increases in productivity and efficiency in the value chain.