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SOUTH SUDAN

The EU-EAC MARKUP II - is a regional development initiative that provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East African Community (EAC) to enhance their export competitiveness, value addition and access to markets.

The project is tailored to the specific needs of each participating country targeting SMEs, sector associations and government institutions with the aim to create a more conducive business and export environment for SMEs and strengthen regional integration. The programme supports initiatives to address selected supply side constraints and enhance competitiveness. These include reducing market access barriers, strengthening the quality compliance and standards, value addition, certifi cation, training and capacity building for improved market access.

The programme supports initiatives to address selected supply side constraints and enhance competitiveness in Coffee, Gum-Arabic, Leather and Packaging sectors. These include reducing market access barriers, strengthening the quality compliance and standards, value addition, certification, training and capacity building for improved market access.

  • Duration

    2023- 2027

  • Funder
    European Union (EU)
  • MAIN IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS AND BENEFICIARIES

    EAC Secretariat, relevant Partner States ministries and departments in South Sudan, MSMEs and public/private institutions, research and Business Support Organizations (BSOs) in selected sectors.

  • Objectives
    • Contribute to economic development in the East African Community through increased sustainable intra-EAC /African and EU-EAC trade.
    • Improve livelihoods, employment, export competitiveness for MSMEs
    • Promote economic growth in the region through value-addition, processing, diversification, export and investment promotion of priority value chains.
  • UNREALIZED EXPORT POTENTIAL

    $ 26 millions.

METHODOLOGY

MARKUP II builds capacity of selected local institutions from public and private sector bodies. The programme assigns Performance Coaches who collaborate with Business Support Organisations and technical experts to entrench new innovations and competencies advancing the growing knowledge base across the region.

Good practices and lessons learnt from MARKUP I have informed the approach of MARKUP II. This includes extension of the established network of Quality Champions and emphasis on investment promotion which includes mobilisation of capital to address various needs related to quality compliance, certification, value addition, diversification of products and markets, branding and packaging. MARKUP II mainstreams youth and gender through women and youth entrepreneurship groupings and supports selected regional women/ youth initiatives.

Key Activities:

  • Establishing and operationalising a National Trade Facilitation Portal that provides product specific step-by-step description of import, export and transit formalities
  • Providing assistance to the metrology and national testing laboratories for accreditation
  • Supporting South Sudan National Bureau of Standards for the accreditation of its certification services.
  • Supporting capacity building on value addition, technology transfer and postharvest processing
  • Providing special institutional trade and investment promotion support at the national level
  • Establishing and reinforce existing packaging centres and provide capacity building in packaging.

5 value chains targeted in South Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN
1. PACKAGING
2. COFFEE
AVOCADO
AVOCADO
AVOCADO
AVOCADO
TEA
FRENCH BEANS
3. GUM ARABIC
SPICES
COCOA
ESSENTIAL OILS
LEATHER
LEATHER
4. LEATHER
LEATHER

For more information, please contact:

National Programme Coordinator MARKUP II
International Trade Centre (ITC)
Republic of South Sudan

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