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Why SITA

Despite an enormous untapped potential for trade expansion between India and Africa, data reveal that a limited number of products are currently being traded. India’s trade with Africa is concentrated in certain sectors and countries, and it is dominated by exports of primary commodities. While the potential for export diversification exists, it may not be realized without targeted intervention.

India is well-positioned as a partner to improve the productive and export capacities of African partner countries. With the growing importance of South-South cooperation, India’s expertise can be leveraged to build trade capacities in African partner countries through the sharing of knowledge, technology and lessons learnt.

In this context, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Department for International Development (DFID) mandated the International Trade Centre (ITC) to design and implement a project, called ‘Supporting India’s Trade Preferences for Africa’ (SITA). On 9 March 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between DFID and ITC, marking the start of the project.

The project responds to the challenges that selected East African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania – face in increasing and diversifying exports. It also addresses trade priorities of the beneficiary countries so they can achieve sustainable development.

The project responds to the challenges that selected East African countries – Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania – face in increasing and diversifying exports. It also addresses trade priorities of the beneficiary countries so they can achieve sustainable development.


Objectives

Increased value of business transactions between India and selected African countries with the ultimate objective to create jobs and income opportunities


Project Timeline and Inception Phase

During SITA’s inception phase, specific areas for trade-related technical assistance will be defined. The main deliverables of this phase are:

  • Stakeholder sensitization
  • Analysis of supply and demand potential
  • Sector selection for project design
  • Establishment of project governance structures
  • Establishment and operationalization of SITA’s Partnership Platform
  • Needs assessment and project design