The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat and the European Union (EU) have signed a Grant contribution agreement worth EUR 8.8M for the Regional Enterprise Competitiveness and Access to Markets Programme (RECAMP).
The RECAMP is a four-year programme that aims at contributing to increased private sector participation in regional and global value chains. The Programme Overall objective is to contribute to the deepening of regional economic integration in the COMESA region through enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector with the Specific objective to increase private sector participation in sustainable regional and global value chains by increasing access to markets and improving business and investment climate.
The program integrates two key result areas which will be implemented with two sub result areas each as follows:
Result 1: Competitiveness and market access of MSMEs and other firms in the targeted value chains/sectors are sustainably enhanced.
Sub result 1.1: Market access and business linkages in the targeted sectors are enhanced.
Sub result 1.2: Capacities of beneficiary firms related to SPS and regional standards and quality management are improved.
Result 2: Business environment is improved for MSMEs and other firms in the selected value chains.
Sub result 2.1: Regional public-private dialogue platforms are supported and enhanced aimed at promoting business opportunities.
Sub result 2.2: Regional policies in favour of value chains development are further developed and mainstreamed in national policies.
The action will prioritize the following three value chain sectors: agro processing, horticulture, and leather and leather products, with agro processing focusing on maize, livestock (fish, dairy, poultry, meat and related products) and agro-inputs particularly quality seeds.
The beneficiaries of the RECAMP will primarily be the Member States of COMESA, and particularly the private sector businesses with focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), including MSMEs’ youth and women entrepreneurs.
The policy measures to be taken and major operations foreseen include i) support private sector particularly Micro, small and medium enterprises to enhance their productivity through interventions at various stages of value chains and facilitating business linkages and market access; ii) to enhance the business and investment environment in the region by influencing the implementation of regional and national regulatory frameworks and policies that create a favorable environment for business.
It is expected that at the end of the programme, the impact will be that MSMEs productive/innovation capacity and competitiveness will be enhanced and that the business environment will be improved in the COMESA region, where women and youth will also be active participants and beneficiaries of enterprise development
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