Mapping South-South Cooperation in the Arab States

Arab States

Agro-industries excellence center ATC/ETRACE Cairo, Egypt

Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:01 Written by 
  • Location(s): Egypt
  • Type(s): Centre of Excellence
  • Theme(s): Agriculture , Poverty Reduction
  • SDG(s): 1. No poverty
  • Locations of Agro Solutions: Egypt
  • Types of Agro Solutions: Centre of Excellence
  • Themes in Agro Solutions: Agriculture , Poverty Reduction
  • SDGs in Agro Solutions: 1. No poverty
  • Locations in the Arab States: Egypt
  • Types in the Arab States: Centre of Excellence
  • Themes in the Arab States: Agriculture , Poverty Reduction
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 1. No poverty

One of UNIDO`s key activities is to build trade capacity by strengthening capacities in quality, standardization and conformity assessment, both at institutional and enterprise level, in order to foster the ability of developing countries to enter global food value chains. ETRACE helps Egyptian farmers, food producers and packers along the food value chain to meet European/International food quality, safety and traceability standards, ensuring that products are safe and do not encounter barriers to trade. To this day, ETRACE has provided support to 90/200 packing houses in the country and their suppliers (which account for approximately 85% of all exports) & assisted governmental institutions and service providers.

The comparative advantage of the solution:

 a. success factors and innovative elements:

      - Integrated concept covering all value chain members

      - blend of technical and financial assistance

 b. main partners:

      - Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Agriculture

      - Export Councils and Chamber of Food Industries

      - Private Sector Impact: Overcome possible barriers to trade, thus ensuring the continuity of Egyptian exports of food products (fresh produce) and minimizing risks for businesses

      - Technical capacity at operators level developed;

      - operators are willing to invest in the future in traceability systems and expand existing ones

      - Governmental bodies such as General Organization of Export and Import Control take over responsibilities for traceability implementation at the national level 

Lessons Learned:

Enabling Government commitment and awareness raising among key stakeholders. Integrated concept covering technical as well as financial assistance in addition to inclusion of all members of the value chain & implementation through full time national staff customizing international best practices to local context

Potential mistakes to be avoided:

      - to implement such a solution in isolation from national counterparts and key stakeholder organization

      - have a rigid technical and financial assistance scheme (customization should be also done based on the size and situation of each category of beneficiaries)

Recent Annual Budget (USD): 800000

Total Budget (USD): 3000000

Focal Point & Contact: 
Alaa Fahmy
Cairo Regional Office, UNIDO
2 Latin America Street, Garden City, Cairo
+201000397575
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UNIDO's Egyptian Traceability Centre for Agro-Industrial Exports (ETRACE) ensures that food products are safe for consumption and suited for export. ETRACE helps farmers and producers comply with international quality, safety and traceability standards and regulations.
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