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The Role Played by Aid for Trade in Trade Policy and ENFCC

CAF also provided the resources to develop international meetings of entrepreneurs, such as the III Andean Entrepreneurial Forum (2000), which supported the consolidation and strengthening of trade relationships among entrepreneurs of the member countries of the Andean Community and among them and the entrepreneurs from MERCOSUR and Chile. AFT and Exportable Supply The private sector, through its trade union organizations, producers associations, merchants and business associations, has received the support of AFT in a number of projects that have included several components such as technical assistance, training, financing, information, and market research, among others. Already before the trade opening of the 1990’s, the country already counted on projects sponsored by the international cooperation to support micro and small enterprise producers. At present, several types of projects have been approved, including: Competitiveness Development, Textile Artisan Export Associations, Good Logistics Practices in Agro-industrial SMEs of Ica and Tacna, Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility for Competitiveness in Value Chains, Competitiveness in palm crops and marketing, Good agricultural practices in Mango Crops, Conversion to Organic Cocoa Crops, Responsible Production and Marketing of Small Coffee Producers, Trade Articulation and Competitiveness of the Alpaca Textile Sector, Competitive Development of Peruvian Handicrafts, among others. As regards business unions, it is worth mentioning the “Assistance to Small and Medium Enterprises on Technical Requirements for Gaining Market Access under the FTA with the US”, financed by the MIF-IDB for the purpose of establishing and validating a demonstration model that facilitates sustained market access for SMEs of enlarged agribusiness or agriculture sectors and the textile—clothing sector, taking advantage of the benefits offered by the FTA with an investment over US$1.75 million. Developed countries have also offered their bilateral cooperation, such as the case of Japan through JETRO. Under the STAR project, the following programs have been organized “Promotion of Peruvian Textiles and Clothing in the Japanese Market” (1995); “Study to monitor tropical foodstuff ” (1999), which included the following studies: Camu camu, frozen custard apple (cherimoya), boiled artichoke, dry lucuma flour, cat’s claw, lime oil, concentrated lime juice, maca, giant corn, purple corn, dry lima butter beans (pallares) and quinoa, instant cereal, Kiwigen, algarrobina (extract), chickpea, sweet potato flour, mixed flakes of oats and quinoa and barley; “Fostering the Organic Foodstuff Industry (2001–2005); and the Study to identify new Andean Foodstuffs. (2003–2005). AFT and Private Financial Investment There have also been opportunities in connection with the financial aspect for the participation of multilateral financial institutions. In Peru, national and foreign investors have resorted to financial agencies, such as the International Finance Corporation (WB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB) to leverage financial resources for different types of investment in the country. In addition to the important financial contribution, the support of these prestigious organizations ensures an international standard in project management.

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