AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Infrastructure
  • Veterinary Services and Animal Health
  • Food Safety and Food Security
  • Agribusiness Development
  • Rural Development
  • Farm Management
  • Plant Health
  • Fishery
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Infrastructure
  • Veterinary Services and Animal Health
  • Food Safety and Food Security
  • Agribusiness Development
  • Rural Development
  • Farm Management
  • Plant Health
  • Fishery
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Infrastructure
  • Veterinary Services and Animal Health
  • Food Safety and Food Security
  • Agribusiness Development
  • Rural Development
  • Farm Management
  • Plant Health
  • Fishery
Environment
  • Coastal & Marine Resources Management
  •  Pollution and Waste Management
  • Watershed Management
  • Climate Change
  • Forestry 
  • Water Resources
  • Management
Environment
  • Coastal & Marine Resources Management
  •  Pollution and Waste Management
  • Watershed Management
  • Climate Change
  • Forestry 
  • Water Resources
  • Management
Social Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Labor Market Interventions
  • Local Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Civil Society Strengthening
Social Development
  • Human Resources Development
  • Labor Market Interventions
  • Local Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Civil Society Strengthening
Economic Development
  • Trade Development
  • Investment Promotion
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Regional Development
  • Private Sector Development
Economic Development
  • Trade Development
  • Investment Promotion
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Regional Development
  • Private Sector Development

LOCAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CARRYING OUT MISSIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES IN MATTERS OF REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND CUSTOMS SERVICES

Country: Multi Country - Guatemala

Sector(s): Economic development

Date: 09/2015 - 11/2018

Client / Beneficiary: EC/EDF

Financing Agency: EC/EDF

Project Value: 973,560 €

Description of the project and Services provided:

The general objective is to support the economic integration and the regional development of the Central American region, by ensuring local technical assistance to the Project Management Team (PMT) in order to carry out the activities defined in its programming.

The specific purposes are to support the building of a Central American customs structure, by adopting and consolidating common harmonized mechanisms, laws, regulations, and common harmonized tools to facilitate the intra-regional trade and the setting up the commitments acquired by Central America in the commercial basis of the Association Agreement. Provide greater awareness and participation among the parties involved in the economic integration process and backup the coordination and strengthening of the regional institutions.

The results of the project are:

  • Consolidated the harmonization, standardization, and simplification of customs procedures; Streamline and improve customs’ electronic system’s interconnection among the signatory countries of the Association Agreement that meet the requirements.
  • Strengthened areas such as trade services, transport, statistics, and financial services, among other priority areas.
  • Harmonized the instruments and mechanisms of complementary areas, such as:  competition policy, trade defense and border measures, intellectual property and geographic indications, antidumping and compensatory measures, dispute reconciliation measures, and public procurement.
  • Attained greater knowledge and acceptance in civil society and the private sector of the benefits of regional economic integration and the Association Agreement.

Strengthened the regional and national institutions responsible for the economic integration process.

The services provided are:

  • Administrative assistance
  • Creating and designing information systems
  • Data management and processing
  • Drafting of legislation
  • Institutional capacity building/strengthening
  • Maintenance
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Training
  • IT Systems analyst
  • IT Systems desing and development
  • IT Systems maintenance
  • Seminars and conferences organisation
  • Training needs analysis

Subsectors of activities:

  • Local government/local authorities
  • regional cooperation/institutional aspects
  • Business Development
  • Commercial Policy
  • Competition
  • Customs
  • Development Economics
  • Import-Export
  • Regional Development
  • Strengthen/ Development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
  • Trade Promotion/Marketing
  • Transport Economics
  • Building and developing local capacity
  • Communication strategies
  • IT (Information technology)