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The course aims at bringing to the fore the application of competition policy and law interventions that further the entry, growth, and sustainable development of MSMEs, more so during and after a pandemic such as COVID-19.
Regional Workshop on Breaking Down Barriers to Payments: The Evolution of Regulation and Winning Solutions in the Digital Age - 15 June 2022, 13:00 - 16:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok
This regional workshop provides an opportunity to enhance the understanding and knowledge of ESCAP member States on the innovations in payments and regulatory frameworks currently in place across the ESCAP region. The workshop also aims to bring best practices and innovations from across the ESCAP region and offer different approaches and perspectives for public and private sector stakeholders in adapting interoperable payment systems and leveraging digital solutions to support individuals and MSMEs.
On 27 - 28 June 2022, UNCTAD-CCPB presented the three products aimed at facilitating the economic recovery post COVID-19 through enhanced participation of MSMEs in the offline and online marketplaces.
Empowering MSMEs to harness opportunities in the transition to sustainable trade and a circular economy in the context of the post-COVID 19 recovery
The objective of the project is to develop and implement capacity-building tools for governments and MSMEs in developing countries and economies in transition to strengthen the resilience of the MSME sector. This will help to facilitate its green, inclusive, and sustainable recovery in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Cross-border trade in the pre- and post-pandemic environment: Evidence from Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia
This report presents an assessment of capacity-building activities conducted by UNCTAD in Malawi, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia aimed at small-scale and informal cross-border traders, mainly women. It provides an original picture of informal and small-scale cross-border trade in the pre-and post-pandemic environment.
Women in informal cross-border trade in Kenya: A small-scale trader’s guide to trade rules and procedures
The guide is addressed to informal and small-scale cross border traders from Kenya. It presents key and up-to-date information on existing trade procedures and simplified schemes, documentation requirements, rules of origin, taxes, tariffs while providing an overview of trader’s rights and obligations and the benefits of formalization.
Women in informal cross-border trade in the United Republic of Tanzania: A small-scale trader’s guide to trade rules and procedures
The guide is addressed to informal and small-scale cross border traders from Tanzania. It presents key and up-to-date information on existing trade procedures and simplified schemes, documentation requirements, rules of origin, taxes, tariffs while providing an overview of trader’s rights and obligations and the benefits of formalization.
Global Policy Dialogue (GPD): "Post COVID-19 Resurgence of MSMEs and Competition Policy." 1-3 Dec 2021 [09h00 Santiago, 13h00 Geneva, 14h00 Beirut, 19h00 Bangkok]
ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, UNCTAD
Following the organisation of 5 regional dialogues across the world during the first part of 2021, UNCTAD and the UN Regional Economic Commissions (ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA) will bring together representatives and officials of government MSME bodies, as well as competition agency representatives from across the world to discuss how competition policy could support MSMEs post Covid-19.
The course is aimed at staff members in charge of MSME support programs including but not limited to: Trade Promotion Organizations, Single Windows, Government Ministries and Agencies in charge of productive development and MSMEs, persons involved in Competition Policy, Data Protection and cibersecurity in the Caribbean.