Success stories in least-developed countries (LDCs)

LDC Success Stories show how trade can improve people's lives in least-developed countries across the world. The stories highlight the challenges LDCs face in becoming more active players in global trade and the efforts of individuals to overcome these challenges. They also explore how good practices can be scaled up. Each success story has been presented to WTO members at the LDC Sub-Committee.

TradeMark East Africa

Aiming to tear down trade barriers at the pan-African level

David Beer is CEO of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), an aid-for-trade organization established in 2010 with the aim of promoting prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. He explains TMEA's role in the region and the lessons it has learned in seeking to reduce trade barriers.


Diversifying the economy and boosting trade

Ali Daoud Abdou is Secretary General of Djibouti's Ministry of Trade and Tourism. Until 2020, he was also Secretary General and Chief Negotiator of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). He outlines below his efforts to help Djibouti achieve its economic objectives and take full advantage of international trade opportunities.


Making regional rules work for people

Talime Abé is Director-General of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Local Consumption of Togo, one of the first countries in Africa to put in place a national implementation strategy for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Mr Abé outlines Togo’s achievements and how it plans to implement AfCFTA.


Making trade in plant products quicker and more efficient

Ms. Nomenjanahary Saholy Ramiliarijaona is Head of Plant Protection at Madagascar's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Since July 2022, she has been overseeing the country's use of ePhytos, electronic phytosanitary certificates that allow plant products to be traded more easily and efficiently across borders. Initiated by the Standards and Trade Development Facility, the so-called ePhyto Solution is currently being used by more than 100 countries. The state-of-the-art system leads to a lower likelihood of loss, damage and fraud compared with using traditional paper certificates.

The Gambia

Young women use technology and tourism to transform their communities

Fatou Juka Darboe is the co-founder and director of Make3D Company Limited, the first and only 3D printing company in The Gambia. Isatou Foon is a young tour guide from Janjanbureh, renowned for its historical and cultural heritage. What unites them is their passion to use trade to transform their communities. Both have benefited from the Youth Empowerment Project, an initiative of the International Trade Centre (ITC) funded by the European Union, which aims to unlock the potential of young people in The Gambia to support economic growth.

LDC success stories



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