COMESA Local Sourcing Project

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia

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Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), has partnered with the COMESA Business Council (CBC) to implement the Local Sourcing for Partnerships Project (LSP). The project that is co-funded by USAID and the Private sector aims to build sustainable sourcing partnerships between small growth enterprises and large corporate companies in the COMESA region. The chief objective of the project is to increase local sourcing from Small Growth Enterprise by large corporate in order to create jobs and stimulate economic development. This will be achieved mainly through capacity building of 480 small growth suppliers in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The training program applied is known as the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) standard. HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.

The project will also create an online Business Linkages and Enterprise Intelligence Database Portal in order to facilitate market linkages and provide key market information. Further, CBC has partnered with various corporate companies in the six countries who promote local sourcing. By the end of the project, it is expected that the enterprises will be integrated into the national and regional supply chains.

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