IESC

 

Where We Work: Africa

 

Benin

IESC was the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded multi country Africa Fast Track Trade program, which operated in Benin.  Its goal was to increase the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries through the four regional Global Competitiveness trade Hubs, thereby increasing economic growth and prosperity. IESC worked closely with the Hubs to identify all-but-ready-to-export firms that would benefit most from technical assistance. We provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services on product selection/category offerings for particular target markets; technical assistance in product quality and design. IESC provided 73 technical assistance assignments and supported 198 companies from 27 countries through technical assistance and trade linkage support. During the 2007 fiscal year, a sample of IESC clients reported generating over $145 million in new export deals around the world.

Botswana

IESC has implemented 8 USAID projects in Botswana and delivered a total of 72 technical assistance consultancies. Most recently, IESC was a subcontracting organization with PEPFAR funding with the responsibility for managing BizAIDS programming under the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Program operating in Southern Africa. The program focused on helping MSEs, typically with fewer than 10 employees, by offering basic business training while introducing the concepts of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment in a non threatening, integrated manner to reduce stigma and allow participants to freely discuss the impacts of HIV/AIDS in their lives.  IESC trained over 5,130 people in that program.  Other IESC projects in Botswana include the Africa Fast Track Trade program which increased the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries, and the Global Trade and Technology Network which facilitated the transfer of US technology and services to firms in developing countries by matching local companies’ development needs with US firms.

Burkina Faso

IESC’s activities in Burkina Faso began in 2004. IESC was the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program, which had operations in Burkina Faso.  Its goal was to increase the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs, thereby increasing economic growth and prosperity. We provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services, technical assistance in product quality and/or design, marketing communications support (including print, e-commerce, and website design), access to import/wholesale/retail networks, and exposure to new markets through coordination and management of trade show exhibitions. During the 2007 fiscal year, a sample of AFTT clients across various countries reported generating over $145 million in new export deals around the world. Approximate total export sales from these countries constituted about $36 million to the US, $86 million to the European Union, $9 million to the greater Africa region, and $15 million to countries in other regions.

Burundi

IESC began working in Burundi over 20 years ago. Most recently, IESC was the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program.  Its goal was to increase the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries (including Burundi) through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs, thereby increasing economic growth and prosperity. We provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services, technical assistance in product quality and/or design, marketing communications support (including print, e-commerce, and website design), access to import/wholesale/retail networks, and exposure to new markets through coordination and management of trade show exhibitions. During the 2007 fiscal year, a sample of AFTT clients across various countries reported generating over $145 million in new export deals around the world. Approximate total export sales from these countries constituted about $36 million to the US, $86 million to the European Union, $9 million to the greater Africa region, and $15 million to countries in other regions beyond those named. In addition, IESC has also provided technical assistance textiles, apparel, and other sectors in Burundi.
 

Cameroon

IESC began working in Cameroon over 30 years ago, where we since have implemented several USAID projects. Most recently, IESC was the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program.  Its goal was to increase the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries (including Cameroon) through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs, thereby increasing economic growth and prosperity. We provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services, technical assistance in product quality and/or design, marketing communications support (including print, e-commerce, and website design), access to import/wholesale/retail networks, and exposure to new markets through coordination and management of trade show exhibitions. During the 2007 fiscal year, a sample of AFTT clients across various countries reported generating over $145 million in new export deals around the world. Approximate total export sales from these countries constituted about $36 million to the US, $86 million to the European Union, $9 million to the greater Africa region, and $15 million to countries in other regions beyond those named. In addition, IESC has also provided technical assistance in handicrafts, exporting, trade, and competitiveness in Cameroon.

Cape Verde

IESC began working in Cape Verde over 30 years ago and has since implemented several USAID projects. Most recently, IESC was the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program.  Its goal was to increase the export success of private enterprises in AGOA eligible African countries (including Cape Verde) through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs, thereby increasing economic growth and prosperity. We provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services, technical assistance in product quality and/or design, marketing communications support (including print, e-commerce, and website design), access to import/wholesale/retail networks, and exposure to new markets through coordination and management of trade show exhibitions. During the 2007 fiscal year, a sample of AFTT clients across various countries reported generating over $145 million in new export deals around the world. Approximate total export sales from these countries constituted about $36 million to the US, $86 million to the European Union, $9 million to the greater Africa region, and $15 million to countries in other regions beyond those named. In addition, IESC has also provided technical assistance in textiles, banking, and food processing in Cape Verde.

Congo

IESC’s efforts in the Republic of the Congo began in 2005 and include two regional USAID programs with activities in the country. The two USAID programs include the Africa Fast Track Trade program, focused on increasing the export success of private enterprises in African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligible countries, and the East and Central Africa Trade Hub, with IESC’s role also focused on AGOA related market linkages. Focus sectors included agribusiness, handicrafts and textiles.

Cote d’Ivoire

IESC’s activities in Cote d’Ivoire began in 1986 with a series of technical assistance consultancies. IESC has since implemented one USAID program in the country, the Global Trade and Technology Network, under the larger Business Development Services II initiative. Under that program, IESC fostered trade and market linkages between local enterprises in Cote d’Ivoire and firms in other countries in Africa, and around the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, IESC promoted $45.3 million in total transactions over a three-year period.

Democratic Republic of Congo

IESC’s efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo began in 2005 and include two regional USAID programs with activities in the country. The two USAID programs include the Africa Fast Track Trade program, focused on increasing the export success of private enterprises in African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligible countries, and the East and Central Africa Trade Hub, with IESC’s role also focused on AGOA related market linkages. IESC’s work under these programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo was centered on the agribusiness value chain.

Djibouti

IESC’s efforts in Djibouti began in 2003 as a subcontractor on the East and Central Africa Trade Hub. IESC’s role on that program was to raise the capacity of export-ready firms in AGOA eligible countries in East and Central Africa, including Djibouti, to capitalize on market opportunities presented by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In doing so, the project achieved the broader goals of AGOA, which were the following: 1) To integrate Africa into the global economy; 2) Transform the U.S-African relationship from aid dependency to commercial partnership; and, 3) To assist African countries to improve their economies and raise the standard of living of their citizens. The key activities of IESC’s participation in the contract fell into four broad programmatic areas: training for private and public sectors on AGOA terms and opportunities therein; firm-level technical assistance; trade linkages support, chiefly through sponsorship to U.S. trade shows; and the development of country-specific National AGOA Export Strategies.

Ethiopia

IESC’s activities in Ethiopia began in 2004. Since that time IESC has implemented six USAID programs in the country, for which it was the prime implementing organization for five. Most recently, IESC was the sole implementing organization under the VEGA Leader with Associate award of the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA +) program, an export promotion program under the broader AGOA trade initiative. Under the AGOA+ program, IESC provided export capacity building and trade facilitation assistance. Due to the success of IESC activities, the program (June 25, 2005 – September 30, 2011) received multiple extensions and additional funding, for a total program term of six-years. The AGOA+ program worked to develop and promote Ethiopia’s export capacity to the United States and other international markets. With a particular focus on SMEs, women entrepreneurs and Diaspora investors, the program accomplished this objective through three primary project components: 1) Trade capacity building and export promotion; 2) Institutional strengthening for Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) and government agencies; and 3) Promoting access to finance – first through investment finance from the Diaspora and later loan finance through USAID’s DCA loan guarantee program.

Under USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer initiative, IESC was awarded a grant by Weidemann Associates, Inc. in 2010 to provide for the transfer of knowledge and expertise from U.S. volunteers to strengthen organizations engaged in the sesame value chain in Ethiopia. IESC volunteer experts worked hand-in-hand with farmers, their organizations, and related institutions to increase the competitiveness of the Ethiopian sesame value chain, improve the quality of sesame production, and increase access to markets.

The prior IESC programs in Ethiopia were all trade and export promotion focused regional programs that included Ethiopia, among other countries. These programs include Africa Fast Track Trade, the East and Central Africa Trade Hub, Business Development Services II / Global Trade and Technology Network, and AGOA Linkages in COMESA (ALINC). IESC was the prime implementer for each of these programs with the exception of the East and Central Africa Trade Hub, which IESC implemented as a subcontractor to Bearing Point.

Gabon

IESC implemented activities in Gabon under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Linkages component of the East and Central Africa Trade (ECA) Hub as a subcontractor to Bearing Point. IESC delivered technical assistance, training, and business services related to market linkages and trade competitiveness.

Gambia

IESC delivered short term technical assistance through the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program in Gambia. IESC's work in Gambia under that program focused on helping firms take advantage of international market opportunities.

Ghana

IESC has implemented six programs in Ghana, five of which as the prime implement. IESC's most recent program in Ghana is the Agricultural Credit Program (ACP) awarded by the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) Ghana with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) funding. IESC's work in that program focused upon developing the capacity of participating financial institutions (PFIs) to deliver credit and innovative financial products for the agricultural sector. Previously, IESC implemented the USAID funded VEGA Improved Access to Credit for West African Export-Ready Companies (ERCs) and Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Project, which served to facilitate greater trade competitiveness in West Africa by improving local financial and banking services for clients. IESC also provided technical training through the Accra Technology Skills Transfer Program, training a total of 1,456 participants and 115,295 people indirectly.

Guinea

IESC conducted a private client-funded project in Guinea in 1997. An IESC Agribusiness Expert delivered training in marketing and management for a client working in the agricultural sector.

Lesotho

IESC has implemented four USAID programs in Lesotho. Under the USAID-funded Africa Fast Track Trade program, IESC supported near export ready firms to achieve export success in value chains including handicrafts, textiles/apparel, and agribusiness. IESC also managed the BizAIDS programming under the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Program in Lesotho. The program aimed not only to create income sources for informal Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), but also to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and provide access to counseling and treatment. IESC offered basic business training as well as concepts of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment to MSEs typically with fewer than 10 employees.

Liberia

IESC has been supporting private enterprise development in Liberia for more than 30 years. IESC currently implements the Investing for Business Expansion program, funded by USAID. In just two years, IBEX has reached out to more than 500 potential beneficiaries and provided loan advisory services to nearly 150 businesses and non-bank financial institutions. This has resulted in more than 20 loan applications submitted to commercial banks valued at $4.1 million. IBEX has continued operations despite the 2014 Ebola outbreak, providing much-needed access to finance for struggling businesses and those that are directly responding to Ebola, for example, general merchandise companies that provide critical protective gear and cleaning supplies, and construction companies building Ebola treatment facilities. For more on IBEX, click here.

Madagascar

IESC has implemented three USAID funded programs in Madagascar with an emphasis upon small and medium enterprise (SME) development. Sectors of focus include agribusiness, mining, communications, consumer goods, textiles/apparel, and handicrafts. Under the East and Central Africa (ECA) Hub's African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Linkages component, IESC raised the capacity of export-ready firms in the country. Under the ECA Hub, IESC assistance focused upon apparel related firms. IESC built on that work in Madagascar through the Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program, which increased trade competitiveness of private enterprises.

Malawi

IESC’s experience in Malawi includes seven USAID funded programs and a total of 61 technical assistance consultancies across the country. IESC provided technical assistance to value chains including health, infrastructure, food processing, engineering, and manufacturing. IESC managed the BizAIDS program in Malawi under the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Program, which helped micro and small enterprises (MSEs) mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on their businesses and communities by offering basic business training and health education. IESC also operated in Malawi under the Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program which increased the export success of private enterprises. The Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program also improved the transfer of US technology and services to Malawi by matching local firm-level needs with US firms to provide the appropriate technical solutions.

Mali

IESC has produced target-exceeding results in Mali through five programs since 2003. The most recent program was the USAID-funded Radio for Peace Building in the North Program (RPNP) through IESC’s Geekcorps. The program was designed to support the US Trans-Saharan Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) by promoting media freedom and democratic governance and discrediting terrorist ideologies through technical and managerial assistance provided to radio station managers, technicians, and journalists in conflict-prone areas. This program was a direct follow-up to the Community Mobilization through Radio Technology (CMRT) program, through which IESC successfully built five self sustainable radio stations in northern Mali. These programs not only resulted in technological advancements, but also achieved managerial sustainability through mobilization and training of local members. IESC further committed to providing affordable and sustainable solutions to rural areas in Mali under the public-private initiative in communication for development program by creating low cost wireless internet networks, implementing web based solutions for radio stations, and forming small enterprises to support these technologies.

Mauritania

IESC activities in Mauritania have focused on enterprise development and trade/competitiveness, primarily under the African Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program, a $1.9 million USAID-funded program, through which it targeted the seafood industry and worked closely with the West Africa Trade Hub (WATH). IESC assisted fish processing companies that were already actively exporting volumes of products to the EU market, but viewed the US market as a challenge to attempt on their own. These enterprises received business/marketing advice and on-site training on US HACCP requirements, sanitation standards, and customs regulatory issues by IESC.

Mauritius

IESC’s support for Mauritius involved three USAID-funded programs, through which it has delivered a total of 28 technical assistance consultancies in the country. IESC primarily focused on improvements in SME development, institutional capacity, and trade competitiveness in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, plastics, paper products, textiles/apparel, aerospace, graphic design/printing, chemicals/pharmaceuticals, metals/metallurgy, jewelry, furniture, food processing, and tourism. Our most recent program in the country was the Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) which sought to increase the export success of private enterprises by identifying potential exporting firms, providing firm-level technical assistance through AFTT local representatives, and coordinating trade facilitation and export strategies.

Mozambique

IESC has implemented four USAID programs in Mozambique. As the prime implementer of the global $28 million USAID-funded umbrella program BDS II, under which IESC implemented a number of programs, including the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program, IESC improved the transfer of US technology and services by matching a local companies’ development needs with US firms equipped to provide the appropriate technical solutions. IESC deployed GTN representatives around the world, including in Mozambique, to serve as on-the-ground resources for client companies and to manage a worldwide database of business matches. In Sub-Saharan Africa, IESC promoted $45.3 million in total transactions over a three-year period. In addition to its work on BDS II, IESC was a subcontractor on the Regional Program for Southern Africa / BizAIDS; Small Business Development Projects; and the African Trade & Investment Policy Program.

Namibia

IESC has implemented three programs in Namibia, beginning in 2000. As a subcontractor on the USAID Regional HIV/AIDS Program operating in Southern Africa, IESC implemented its BizAIDS programming in Namibia as well as Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia. The objective of the program was to help informal, micro and small enterprises (MSEs) mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on businesses, their owners, employees, families, dependents, and communities.

IESC has also implemented two trade related programs in Namibia. As the prime implementer of the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program, a program that was part of a larger $28 million IESC prime award, IESC focused in Namibia on facilitating U.S. technology transfer through trade; and fostering regional trade within Africa., IESC promoted $45.3 million in total transactions over a three-year period in Sub-Saharan Africa on that program. IESC also implemented the African Trade & Investment Policy Program as a subcontractor in Namibia. Under that program, IESC served 158 participants and leading dignitaries through its workshops and assisted 600 small and medium enterprises and business support organizations.

Niger

IESC implemented the Africa Fast Track Trade program in 27 countries, including Niger. IESC was the prime implementer of the program with a goal of increasing the export success of private enterprises in African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligible African countries through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs. IESC worked with the Hubs to identify all-but-ready-to-export firms that would benefit most from technical assistance, with referrals coming directly from the Hubs/trade programs to IESC offices located in the Hub regions (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa). IESC local representatives in each region served as points of contact for technical assistance project development, expert identification, logistics coordination, and trade facilitation. In Niger, IESC delivered three short term technical assistance consultancies, focusing upon the textiles/apparel and handicraft sectors.

Nigeria

IESC’s efforts in Nigeria began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies under a USAID core grant. Overall, IESC has delivered a total of 49 technical assistance enterprise development consultancies in Nigeria, with an emphasis on the textiles/apparel and agribusiness sectors.

IESC has also implemented two trade related programs in Nigeria. IESC was the prime implementer of the Africa Fast Track Trade program in Nigeria, with a goal of increasing the export success of private enterprises in African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) eligible African countries through the four regional Global Competitiveness TRADE Hubs. IESC worked with the Hubs to identify all-but-ready-to-export firms that would benefit most from technical assistance, with referrals coming directly from the Hubs/trade programs to IESC offices located in the Hub regions (Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa). IESC local representatives in each region served as points of contact for technical assistance project development, expert identification, logistics coordination, and trade facilitation.

As the prime implementer of the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program, a program that was part of a larger $28 million IESC prime award, IESC focused in Nigeria on facilitating U.S. technology transfer through trade; and fostering regional trade within Africa. Under that program, IESC promoted $45.3 million in total transactions over a three-year period in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rwanda

IESC has implemented six USAID programs in the country for which it was the prime implementing organization for four, including the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunities Act) Linkages in COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) program, the  Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program, the Rwanda Technical Assistance Program, and Africa Fast Track Trade. IESC was a subcontractor on a rural finance in Rwanda and on the East and Central Africa Trade Hub, which included activities in Rwanda.  Additionally IESC has delivered a total of 32 short term consultancies in Rwanda in SME development, institutional capacity building, and financial services.

South Africa

IESC’s activities in South Africa began in 1992 with a series of technical assistance consultancies. Since then, IESC has implemented nine programs in the country, delivering training and business services in focus areas including small medium enterprise (SME) development, trade and competitiveness, entrepreneurship, marketing, human resources, financial services, gender equity, and institution strengthening. Most recently, as the lead implementing organization for the South Africa APS Grants Administration program, IESC supported employment generation initiatives and stimulated employment through the growth of historically disadvantaged agribusinesses. The program resulted in the generation of 800 new jobs, provided assistance for 4,000 jobs, and supported over 3,000 business linkage transactions resulting in a total sales value of over $10 million.

South Sudan

IESC began its work in South Sudan after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, helping develop South Sudan’s growing economy, supporting Business Support Organizations in Juba and surrounding states, and carrying out a Diaspora skills transfer program to recruit South Sudanese professionals living in the United States for deployment on volunteer assignments across South Sudan. Under these initiatives IESC has worked with individuals at all levels of the Government of South Sudan and is deeply familiar with the political and business environment.

As an implementing organization on the USAID-funded South Sudan Agricultural Market and Enterprise Development Program (2005–2008), IESC provided training in business development, organizational management, health and sanitation, food and menu development, BizAIDS programming, ICT and textiles. Also, as a result of IESC’s work with the Women Self Help Development Organization in Juba, the group was awarded a grant for three projects: a bread baking project for Women in IDP camps, sanitation and hygiene standards upgrading in three WSHDO operated kitchens, and office equipment and building improvements.

IESC also developed a Sudanese North American Diaspora Database to support the recruitment of up to 150 volunteer diaspora on assignments throughout South Sudan. The database held over 450 registrants from different sectors, including health, education, information technology, management and organizational development, administration, finance, civil engineering and construction. This list was used not only to recruit for development positions in South Sudan, but was subsequently used by South Sudanese diplomats in DC to help identify diaspora voters for the 2010 referendum.

In 2011, IESC began implementing a two-year diplomatic training program in support of South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under this State Department-funded program, IESC provided training for up to 150 South Sudanese diplomats and administrative support personnel. Unfortunately, the program was cancelled in 2014 as a result of deteriorating security conditions.

Swaziland

IESC has been the prime implementing organization on two USAID programs in Swaziland and has delivered eleven technical assistance consultancies in textiles and apparel, handicrafts, specialty food, agribusiness, finance, health, and wood products value chains. Most recently for the BizAIDs Regional Program for Southern Africa, IESC assisted small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to  mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on their businesses. Within the region, IESC trained over 5,130 people in basic business skills, provided access to HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing, and provided legal information on many issues including inheritance. Additionally, as the prime implementing organization for the Africa Fast Track Trade program, IESC increased the export success of private enterprises in Swaziland and other countries through a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services, product quality and design, distribution channels, marketing communications support, and exposure to new markets through coordination and management of trade show exhibitions.

Tanzania

IESC has been the prime implementing organization for four programs in Tanzania and has delivered an additional 48 technical consultancies in the country. Expert volunteers have offered technical assistance, training, and business services in focus areas leading towards improved small medium enterprise (SME) development, trade competitiveness, and institutional capacity building. Projects were implemented in a wide variety of value chains including agribusiness, handicrafts, and textiles and apparel. Most recently, as the prime implementing organization for the Africa Fast Track Trade (AFTT) program, IESC provided a full portfolio of assistance including: advisory services on product selection for specific target markets, product quality and design, distribution channels, and market communications support. Additionally, through its coordination and management of trade show exhibitions across various product sectors, IESC provided an opportunity for local SMEs to gain exposure to new markets.

Uganda

IESC has implemented four USAID programs in Uganda focusing on improving trade competitiveness in the textiles and apparel, tourism and agriculture value chains. IESC was the prime implementing organization for the Business Development Services II umbrella program consisting of a number of development initiatives, including the ALINC program funded with a $500K buy-in from USAID/REDSO. The program accelerated the completion of export trade transactions between African sellers and US buyers under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).  

Assistance constituted products assessment, business/marketing plan review, individualized planning assistance, and developing export strategies.  IESC experts provided technical support to meet US standards, trade requirements, regulations, and export financing.  The ALINC initiative was a major contributor to the $33 million on transactions achieved by the BDS II umbrella program.

Zambia

IESC has implemented nine programs in Zambia and 311 technical assistance consultancies focusing on agribusiness, food processing, tourism, and small medium enterprise (SME) development. Most recently IESC implemented the Market Access, Trade, and Enabling Policies (MATEP) program as a subcontractor, working to increase tourism receipts by over $40 million in five years. By developing unique products, IESC has helped steer tourists beyond the famous Victoria Falls and into rural areas for festivals, utilizing and promoting the country’s natural beauty. Under the BizAIDS Zambia program, IESC worked to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and other health related crises on informal, micro and very small businesses and the communities in which they operate. 9,121 individuals participated in training sessions and 15,615 underwent Volunteer Counseling and Testing as a result of the program. As the prime implementing organization for the USAID-funded Zambia CopperLink program, IESC provided assistance to 1700 rural, non-farm enterprises, increasing membership in district business associations by 70%.

Zimbabwe

Over the past 30 years, IESC has implemented four USAID programs in Zimbabwe and 315 technical assistance consultancies. Most recently IESC led participants in trade competitiveness workshops through the African Trade & Investment Policy Program (ATRIP), assisting 600 small medium enterprises (SMEs) and Business Suppport Organizations (BSOs). Additionally, as the prime implementing organization for the $28 million USAID-funded Business Development Service II program, IESC deployed Global Trade and Technology Network representatives to serve as on the ground resources for client companies and to promote business linkages.

 

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