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Private Sector and Trade

Private sector development and the facilitation of trade, often through better regional integration and agreements, help to build a stronger global marketplace and fuel development across borders.



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This course aims to strengthen your understanding of financial inclusion and provide you with an approach to make financial services markets more inclusive. It is designed for funders’ staff. It is also appropriate for facilitators and implementers (staff and governance).


Duration: 3 hours

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Business incubators nurture the development of entrepreneurial companies, helping them survive and grow during the start-up period, when they are most vulnerable. Their programs provide client companies with business support services and resources tailored to young firms.  


Duration: 50mn

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The “EIP in Practice” is an e-learning module on the EU External Investment Plan. It was developed for staff of DG DEVCO, NEAR, TRADE or EEAS working in Headquarters and Delegations, to inform them on the EIP and explain it in practical terms.


Duration: 45 minutes


Also available in: Français

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A conducive investment climate is essential within a country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable growth. It plays a key role in attracting and retaining domestic and foreign investments. This, in turn, ushers in an economic transformation by boosting the development and competitiveness of the private sector, creating jobs and deepening trade integration, in support of the Addis Ababa Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
This is the driving force behind the creation of the European Union’s (EU) External Investment Plan (EIP), which has established an integrated approach, based on 3 Pillars. This Handbook presents the narrative on Investment Climate and its drivers, as part of the implementation of the External Investment Plan (EIP) and in particular its Pillar 3.


Handbook Version May 2019


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This reference document relates to support programmes financed by EU external assistance in the areas of Trade and Private Sector Policy and Development (TPSPD) and replaces the 2003 Guidelines for EC Trade Related Assistance and the 2003 Guidelines for EC Support to Private Sector Development.

Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 10

Version November, 2010