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

Overview

Based on inputs from an extensive consultation process initiated by the international Islamic Trade Finance Corporation  (ITFC) since 2010, the Aid for Trade Initiative (AfTIAS) Programme was developed and launched since 2013 by ITFC, on behalf of the IsDB Group and in cooperation with five UN Agencies (ILO, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP and UNIDO) in addition to the League of Arab States (LAS) , the Permanent Missions of Arab Countries in Geneva, the Arab Regional Organizations as well as stakeholders from within and outside the region.

AfTIAS is a multi-donor, multi-country and multi-agency programme, aiming to “foster Arab trade through enhancing enterprise competitiveness and facilitating trade”. More specifically, AfTIAS objectives are:

  • Enhance regional competitiveness through Trade policy reform and Trade Support institution (TSIs)  efficiency;
  • Strengthen trade supply side and value chain integration; and
  • Strengthen regional and sub-regional organizations’ capacity to foster trade integration

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