USAID Regional Trade and Market Alliances Project, 2013–2016

Nathan Associates is improving trade facilitation and market access for agricultural value chains in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The project is supporting these countries in achieving inclusive economic growth through interregional trade and exports and alliances among public and private sector actors. We are

  • Working with small and medium agricultural producers to improve market relationships, increase the value-added of traded products, and promote compliance with product standards;
  • Supporting the development of regional value chains by identifying and reducing trade costs across borders; promoting public-private dialogue on trade facilitation; harmonizing trade and investment laws, regulations, and procedures;
  • Developing regional trade and customs certification and trade facilitation leadership programs; and
  • Strengthening the institutional and operational capacity of the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration.

To support these objectives, the project awards grants to improve the competitiveness of small producers and to support trade capacity building and trade facilitation advocacy in the private sector.

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