The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) engaged in trade-related technical assistance, is implementing a programme titled ” the Netherlands Trust Fund IV ” (NTF IV) in partnership with the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI). The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and will be implemented from 2017 to 2021. For more information about the project, please download the NTF IV Uganda project brochure here: https://goo.gl/hw91rD.
In partnership with NITAU, ICTAU and ATIS, the NTF IV Uganda project will support 20 enterprises in their international development; 12 of these enterprises will have access to B2B events in foreign markets. In addition, 8 startups will benefit from targeted coaching, training and advisory services, for example how to write a business plan and value proposition, how to pitch, how to develop marketing materials etc . All companies in the sector that have expressed an interest in participating in the NTF IV project will have access to ITC’s market research, online training, and further benefits, which we will disclose once we have received all applications.
This project builds on ITC’s experience and expertise developed under the NTF III Uganda project (2014-2017). To learn more about the project, please visit: http://www.intracen.org/itc/projects/ntf-3/uganda/
The 12 selected SMEs will benefit from the following support activities:
> Participation in Training/Coaching activities on the development and implementation of their export marketing plan– developed under NTF III or to be developed under NTF IV
>Further improve customer value propositions, sales approaches, service and product descriptions; possible support to certification (likely to be ISO), ideally in partnership with other stakeholders (World Bank, Private Sector Foundation among others)
> Participation in B2B matchmaking events and/or Trade Fairs organized in Uganda and/or target IT & ITES markets
> Promotion activities through online and offline media.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The project will target Ugandan SMEs active in the following segments:
1. Information Technology (IT) Companies – Enterprise Software; Mobile Applications
2. IT Enabled Services (ITES) Companies (BPO)
Applications from youth owned/led companies and women owned/led companies are highly encouraged.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
The submitted information will be assessed by International Business-linkage Experts. Applications to the Expression of Interest and all company-related information including financials will be treated with STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY.
Ugandan partner organizations will be involved in the promotion process of the EOI, but not in the selection process itself, which will be handled by ITC.
ITC will assess the applications by grading each item below on a scale of 0 to 3:
0 means “does not meet criteria”
1 means “partially meets criteria”
2 means “adequately meets criteria”
3 means “fully meets criteria”
KNOCK-OUT criteria (mentioned in the related item headings) means that the company cannot qualify for the selection, whatever results elsewhere. If inaccurate information is provided, it will lead to subsequent disqualification of the applicant, even if initially selected. ITC reserves the possibility of reconsidering these criteria in light of the numbers and quality of applications.
Please note that the selected beneficiary companies will be required to sign a Letter of Commitment to confirm their willingness and ability to participate in the project.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 19 January 2018 midnight Kampala time.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO COMPLETE THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CAREFULLY. ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE FORM THE FINAL SCREEN WILL CONFIRM THAT YOU SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION.