TSIs are organizations that support business, ranging from trade promotion organizations, chambers of commerce, sector associations, enterprise development agencies, supply chain management organizations, and others.
Improving the performance of trade and investment support institutions to provide more relevant and effective services for improved SME competitiveness continues to be a cornerstone of CRT's mission. The CRT assesses the organizational effectiveness of TSIs against industry practices and benchmarks, and helps improve their managerial, operational and service delivery performance through comprehensive and customized multi-year performance improvement plans. The CRT also focuses on helping TSI's to measure the results of their activities with a view to taking corrective actions.
The CRT works with TSI's at national and regional levels to improve their ability to formulate and manage trade development programmes. Embedding country ownership within local institutions contributes to the longer term success of technical assistance.
Coalitions of services industries are umbrella organizations which group services associations around partnerships with clear roadmaps to develop a coherent voice for the services sector and to facilitate industry growth. The CRT supports the creation or strengthening of national service industry coalitions as specialised TSIs to support service industry growth, attract investment and grow trade in services.
Even at a micro level, assistance to sector based industries through working with various trade unions in our member countries to help bolster the value for business development in an increasingly challenging business world.
Given the importance of value chains in international trade, The CRT increasingly focuses on assisting TSI's, and works with business service providers, to effectively facilitate SME participation in value chains. This includes services related to investment promotion. The CRT promotes and activates regional and international networks between TSIs of various countries.