UN CEB Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity - Project of Lao People’s Democratic Republic

The main objective of this project between the ILO, ITC, UNCTAD, UNIDO and UNOPS is to ensure that issues related to trade and productive sectors are adequately taken into account in the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to enhance the productive capacity of the tourism sector by strengthening back ward linkages with the organic agriculture and handicraft industries, facilitating exports to regional markets and meeting international requirements for targeted sectors. It is also aimed at addressing cross cutting issues concerning cleaner production, strengthening the local trade-related forums and supporting the government in the Diagnostic Trade and Integration Study (DTIS) update process. Poverty reduction is to be targeted in selected provinces of the Lao PDR.