Efforts are underway to improve export competitiveness and avert poverty in the country through the UKTP programme.
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, launched the United Kingdom Trade Partnerships (UKTP) Programme in Zimbabwe on November 5, 2020. Attendees at the launch included government officials, international organisations, the private sector, farmers associations and smallholder farmers.
The UKTP Programme assists farmers and producers suffering from trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by unlocking the potential of Economic Partnership Agreements with the United Kingdom and the European Union.
UKTP is working with the horticultural sector in Zimbabwe because of its high potential for employment creation and export generation. The sector produces a wide range of crops including vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Horticulture is a top priority for the Zimbabwean Government. Growing this sector has benefits for the economy as a whole. UKTP aims to boost the production and export capacity of at least 600 smallholder farmers to create jobs, enhance export competitiveness and to avert poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
In addition, ITC will work with trade support organisations and government agencies to help businesses access market opportunities through online trade intelligence tools and public-private dialogue.
Tom Hill, Director of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office of the United Kingdom and Dr. Sekai Nzenza, Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, also attended the launch ceremony.
The UK Trade Partnerships (UKTP) programme works with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries to increase exports from SME suppliers to the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU). The UKTP programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is implemented by the International Trade Centre.
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