Success stories

  • 2013
    The role of the private sector in Southern Africa is crucial, particularly in wealth creation, employment generation and, consequently, poverty alleviation. CDE has launched a series of initiatives regarding the formulation of Private Sector Development Programmes (PSDPs) between 2010 and 2013 in...
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  • 2013
    SMEs in Southern Africa are energy intensive, employing inefficient and obsolete technologies due to the lack of technical capacities and resources to undertake a profound analysis of what could be achieved at enterprise level to reduce energy consumption. SMEs in seven countries of the region have...
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  • 2013
    The Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (CEP) covers the four Southern Africa countries of Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia. The first implementation phase, which ended in December 2012, covered Botswana and Namibia while the second phase (2013 budget) will cover Zambia and Mozambique....
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  • 2013
    The native mud crab (Scylla serrata) is an iconic species in Fiji, harvested by the coastal communities, particularly those living near mangrove forests. It is considered a delicacy and readily finds a market in urban areas and the tourist industry. However, over-harvesting of the crabs has led to...
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  • 2013
    Sunfish Farms Ltd. began operations in 1997 to fully engage in the culture of table fish and, by the end of 1998, 103 million shillings had been incurred as capital investment costs. Sunfish Farms Ltd. received financial support from CDE to conduct a project on efficiency and productivity...
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  • 2013
    Thin bituminous surface treatments are used for surfacing newly built roads with light to medium traffic, and can also be used to maintain roads with heavy traffic. The key purpose of such surface treatments is to give a skid-resistant, dust-free and waterproofing layer to the road surface, and to...
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  • 2013
    Some manufacturing SMEs in Eastern Africa are energy intensive, employing sometimes inefficient and obsolete technologies because of the lack of technical capacities and resources to undertake a profound analysis of what could be achieved at enterprise level to reduce energy consumption. Ten...
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  • 2013
    Mango is an important export product for the Dominican Republic. In 2009, the country sold mangoes and derived products to the EU for an amount of about €5 million. However, the production season coincides with the summer months in the EU and the USA, when other varieties of fruit are also...
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  • 2013
    Root and tuber crops are an important staple for most Caribbean islands. However, the impact of disease and pests on productivity is on-going since diseased planting material is used in the replication process. Initiatives are in place in each island, but with little opportunity to share...
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  • 2013
    Energy cost is a major element affecting the running costs of hotels in the Caribbean due to the region’s dependence on imported fuels for electricity generation and dependence on fossil fuels often subject to volatile prices. The energy matrix of the Caribbean is 90% composed of fossil fuels. High...
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  • 2013
    As part of the Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (CEP), also underway in other ACP countries and regions, a consultant was appointed by the CDE to identify a cluster of 10 agro-industrial and agro-forestry companies in the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of...
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  • 2013
    Given the role of bread and bakery products in the diet of the local population, the Cameroonian government has made the compliance with the statutory standard NC 213: 2003-03 mandatory in order to regulate this sector of activity. In this context, a pilot programme was proposed to the CDE by the...
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