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Programme summary
The Netherlands Trust Fund III is designed as an Export Sector Competitiveness Programme. It is based on a partnership agreement signed by the Dutch
Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing countries (CBI) and ITC in July 2013. ESCP builds on and continues the successful cooperation
between the International Trade Centre (ITC) and CBI, which has been recently embodied by Netherlands Trust Fund I (NTF I), which ended in 2009, and
Netherlands Trust Fund II (NTF II), which lasted from 2009 to 2013.


Netherlands Trust Fund III: Export Sector Competitiveness Programme



Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, Uganda


August 2014-July 2017


CBI, ITC as well as selected public and private sector organisations in the
selected sectors in the beneficiary countries

Expected Impact

Jobs created and maintained in selected sectors including at the producer,

processor and exporter level in the beneficiary countries


The programme outcome focuses on increasing export competitiveness of

the selected sectors in each of the countries as measured by: (i) Increase in
value, volume and in percentage terms of beneficiary enterprises and (ii)
Number of new markets entered / new clients acquired (a new market will
be defined on project level according to the industry considered. It can be a
critical mass of new buyers, a new country, a new region, etc.).

Planned outputs
across projects

Output 1:

Validated plan for sector and enterprise development in

Output 2:
Output 3:
Output 4:

Export capacity of male and female owned SMEs increased

Capacity of TSIs improved in providing sector development
services to SMEs along the sector value chain.
Business linkages and technical partnerships/collaborations

Kenya: Enhancing IT&ITES Export Competitiveness

Project name

NTF III- Kenya:





Kenya IT &
Services (KITOS)
and Kenya ICT
Authority (ICTA)

Project outputs

Key results

Output 1:
Export strategy
for the IT&ITES sector
developed and validated

EOI launched
and concluded
for the selection
of 33
Output 2:
competitiveness of IT&ITES SMEs
SMEs increased
Participation in
Output 3
Women in IT
capacities of KITOS in
providing IT&ITES sector
meeting at
development support
GITEX in Dubai
services to enterprises
Output 4:
Business linkages
in selected target markets

Major achievements in 2014 include

Output 2: EOI launched and concluded for the selection of 33 Kenyan IT&ITES enterprises
Output 2 and 3: TORs developed for 2015 missions on
o Access to finance at company level (output 2)
o TSI benchmarking (output 3)
o Business generation and competitive intelligence at TSI level (output 3)
Output 4: Participation in the Women in IT synergy event in Dubai in the context of the IT technology fair GITEX in October 2014

Strategic embedding: The project succeeded to engage both the Ministry of ICT as well as the ICT Authority (ICTA), the policy implementation
arm of the Ministry. Both regard the project as important and in line with the strategic direction the country would like to follow to develop the
export capacity of the IT&ITES sector. The project will be launched in the presence of the Minister, ICT while the Project Steering Committee will
be chaired by the Principal Secretary, MoICT while the National Project Coordinator will be hosted by ICTA.
Highlights of the work plan for 2015 include, in chronological order
High level project launch planned for early February 2015
Visit of the technology fair CEBIT jointly with NTF III Uganda participants in March 2015
Synergizing with NTF III Uganda, a market orientation tour to South Africa will take place in April 2015
The export strategy for the IT&ITES sector will be developed and validated in May 2015
B2B events will take place on a regional level targeting South-South trade by the end of 2015

Result Chain and Monitoring Framework