South Sudan: Jobs Creation and Trade Development



    This project emanates from the technical assistance request of the Government of South Sudan to the International Trade Centre. It has specific objectives of improving the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and increasing employment opportunities for the South Sudanese labour force, with a focus on youth and women. In particular, it aims to provide an integrated and holistic assistance for the development of MSMEs in the fruits and vegetables value chains to create quick-win economic and employment opportunities for South Sudanese population targeted under the project. It will address the main challenges of the fruits and vegetables subsector along the value chains by improving production, processing and handling practices; building capacities of MSMEs to comply with mandatory market requirements and standards for enhanced access to markets; enhancing human skills as well as strengthening producer cooperatives. It will also address the employment problems of youth and women by building entrepreneurship and business management capacities and implementing innovative schemes to facilitate access to finance for youth entrepreneurs and youth-owned businesses.

    The project has an overall objective of improving the livelihoods of targeted South Sudanese populations through the creation of jobs and income.



    Sustainable Development Goals

    This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


    Jobs creation for women and youth

    The International Trade Centre’s South Sudan Jobs Creation and Trade Development Project was created to help create jobs for the people of South Sudan by boosting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) working in the fruit and vegetables sectors. 

    ITC is lending its international expertise and providing training opportunities to help these businesses improve their production, processing and handling practices, build up their capacities and skills and strengthen producer cooperatives. 

    The project is also responding to the need for jobs for women and youth, by building up local entrepreneurship and business management capacities, as well as implementing innovative schemes to help youth entrepreneurs and youth-owned businesses access finance. 

    The project is responding to the need for jobs for women and youth, by building up local entrepreneurship
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    ITC contact

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