Multinational - Enhancing post pandemic resilience and AfCFTA participation by developing SME and private sector

Project Summary

Approval Date 25 Jan 2022
Signature Date 09 Aug 2022
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,200,000
Status Approved

Project General Description

The proposed project aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the national agencies for trade, SME and investment promotion and SME in 4 transition countries, namely Burundi, Comoros, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. The support intends to address human and institutional capacity gaps in the optimisation of AfCFTA participation by SMEs and engender the streamlining, digitalization and automation of information and services across all related national agencies in the trade regulation chain. The expected outputs for the 4 target countries are: (i) gender sensitive assessment of regional trade readiness; (ii)updated institutional/regulatory framework; (ii)strengthened capacity for SMEs and national agencies on important trade and investment themes such as standards and quality (sanitary and phytosanitary) and AfCFTA trading and engagement;(iii)coordinated trade and investment promotion strategy that is gender responsive across the national agencies for trade, SME and investment promotion through inter-agency cooperation;(iv)established Trade & Investment Observatory & Monitoring software, and centralisation of information collection/sharing across agencies in the target countries; (v)strengthened capacity for the IPA in Burundi. The estimated total cost of the project is UA 2.2 million financed wholly under the TSF Pillar III support. It is scheduled for implementation over a period of 24 months from January 2022 to December 2023.

Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to develop the private sector of the target countries and improve their regional trade volumes and revenues. It will strengthen the business enabling environment by deploying reforms to facilitate business entry and operation, facilitate strategic public investments to improve competitiveness and private investments, support SMEs and entrepreneurs and build the capacity of public institutions and private sector operators. In particular, the project aims to support through gender-responsive technical assistance and capacity building, SMEs, their regulators and other private sector actors in Burundi, Comoros, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia towards AfCFTA participation and optimization.


The direct beneficiaries are (1) the respective National agencies for Trade, SME development, and investment promotion and SMEs in the four countries; (2) Other relevant ministries and government bodies, local private and public enterprises, and associations; (3) The people of Sierra Leone, Comoros, Burundi and The Gambia, through increased trade revenues, enhanced employment, women’s economic empowerment and wealth-creating opportunities. The project will be executed by a Project team based in the Bank’s Headquarters, supported by the respective Country teams and the International Consultancy Firm. Where components entail training (Component 2), at least 40% of the participants shall be women.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-K00-125
Last Update 06 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name EREMUTHA Mena Majiri

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura
-11.7022 43.2551 Moroni
8.45774 -13.23714 Freetown
13.4527 -16.578 Banjul