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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.



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
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

This video is about EU Aid for trade, policy and figures. The EU's Aid-for-Trade Strategy was adopted in October 2007 in response to the WTO-led AfT Initiative, to help developing countries better integrate into the international trading system and take greater advantage of the poverty-reducing benefits of economic openness and enhanced trade efficiency.


Duration: 8 mm

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

Trade Facilitation is part of the EU's wider Aid for Trade agenda. The Aid for Trade Initiative was agreed among WTO Members in 2005 and the EU developed its Aid for Trade Strategy in 2007. This was followed in 2013 by the concluding of negotiations on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement(link is external) (WTO TFA).


Duration: 9mm

The “Handbook on improving the Investment Climate through EU action” is part of the integrated approach of the External Investment Plan (EIP) and aims to support the implementation of the so-called “Pillar 3” of the EIP on investment climate improvements. It presents the building blocks of Pillar 3 and the key investment climate drivers and challenges, with view to promote a common narrative and to build a joined-up approach with EU Member States, partner countries, private sector, International Financial Institutions, CSOs, and international organisations. The document highlights how the EU, through a wide range of tools, can further contribute towards a more conducive investment climate in African and Neighbourhood countries.

Handbook Version May 2019
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

This video is about value chain development. A value chain refers to the sequence of production processes from the primary production to its end uses. It is a system of different types of actors orientated towards the markets (farmers, collectors, processors, wholesalers, retailers…). 


Duration: 35 mm