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Strengthening Gender-lens Investing and PPD in Lesotho

Women's Economic Empowerment
Context In Lesotho, a lot has been done to progress towards gender equality. However, gender inequalities persist, particularly when looking at access and use of financial services, promoting women entrepreneurs, and gender-based legal restrictions. The country ranked regionally high in the Women, Business and the Law 2023 index, scoring a 78.1 out of 100 points. […]
Context The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has requested support on how to structure its private sector lending and for a market study on the potential for trade finance in the region Objective A first confidential study on how to best structure CDB’s private sector lending and on options for on how to access guarantee schemes […]
Context Trade is significant for Dominica’s economy, with a combined value for imports and exports of 108% of GDP (2019, World Bank). Trade facilitation aims to reduce the costs and time of import and export operations, and transit of goods.  The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on the 22nd February, 2017. Between September […]
Context The PPPC, established in 2011, is the implementation Agency for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Malawi. It develops guidelines on best practices to assist sector Ministries in the roll-out of their PPP projects, works closely with the Ministry of Finance in the review and assessment of PPP projects and provides advice and support to Contracting […]
The ICR Facility is providing tailor-made technical assistance to selected Development Finance Institutions. The banks can choose the topics of the support based on their priorities.

Harmonising business law in Western Africa

Business Regulation and Policy
The ICR Facility supports FEWACCI (Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry) on the promotion of business law harmonisation in ECOWAS Member States (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo). ​
The ICR Facility supports the ROCB in organising a series of online workshops on topics related to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on customs organisations.

Resolving insolvencies in CARIFORUM countries

Business Regulation and Policy
Resolving insolvency is an area where many of the 15 CARIFORUM countries have received low ratings in the World Bank’s Doing Business reports. Therefore, the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) asked the ICR Facility to provide technical assistance aimed at improving the process of resolving insolvencies in the region.
The SADC Business Council (SADC BC) was officially launched in August 2019 during the 4th annual SADC Industrialisation Week held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is a regional apex body of national business associations of the 16 SADC member states and 6 regional business associations in Southern Africa.

Improving credit reporting in 15 CARIFORUM countries

Business Regulation and Policy
Context Access to financing is one of the biggest challenges in the Caribbean region. Collected data show that difficulty in obtaining financing is a leading impediment to doing business in the region. Commercial banking loans are difficult to secure. Among all the challenges that create this situation is an inadequacy of credit reporting systems and […]
The ICR Facility provided support to the International Network of Francophone Investment Promotion Agencies (RIAFPI) in order for member agencies to be in a position to better ensure the promotion and protection of the interests of companies, and to develop their capacity to be a source of proposals to the authorities.​
The ICR Facility supports the private sector section of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) to develop a win-win partnership between the public and the private sector in the Sahel region and to thus improve the business and investment climate.
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