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Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States (AfTIAS) Programme

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The website is designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth view of AfTIAS projects and activities. It reflects how AfTIAS Programme was established to serve the Arab region, which still have the lowest level of intra-regional trade in the world despite pref...

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As a technical assistance vehicle for the development of trade between Arab countries, the AfTIAS program raised interest, over a relatively short period of time, among development partners and donors, as well as in the target countries. It revealed itself as a programme with huge potentials that could be effective for trade cooperation, trade facilitation, capacity building and for the intensification of trade flows in the region, both for goods and services, thus significantly fostering regional integration and economic development.

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The Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS) is a multi-donor, multi-country and multi-agency programme, aiming to “foster Arab trade through enhancing enterprise competitiveness and facilitating trade”. was developed and launched since 2013 by TCPP/ITFC, in collaboration with the United Nations development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Office (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Eight donors funded AfTIAS Programme: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Sweden, Arab Republic of Egypt, UNDP, IDB , ITFC and Industrial Training Council (ITC) / Egypt.