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We welcome you to AfTIAS Programme’s website. We are delighted that you are visiting it to learn more about this important Programme and hope that you find it useful and informative.

The website is designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth view of AfTIAS projects and activities. It reflects how AfTIAS Programme was established to serve the Arab region, which still have the lowest level of intra-regional trade in the world despite preferential market access. Indeed, AfTIAS Programme was designed as a partnership of 22 Arab countries (members of the League of Arab States “LAS”), and five United Nation Agencies (UNDP, ITC, UNIDO, UNCTAD and ILO), in addition to 7 donors (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Sweden, Arab Republic of Egypt, UNDP, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and ITFC). They have all joined hands to work together to accelerate the pace of trade reforms, enhance competitiveness in global and regional markets in a manner that addresses the challenges of unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, provides momentum for the full realization of the Pan-Arab Free Trade Area (PAFTA) and mobilize additional resources for this purpose.

The website also reflects AfTIAS Programme partner and stakeholder’s interest in promoting discussion and action on trade challenges in the Arab region that can be addressed only through collaboration that is deep, coherent, and coordinated.

Looking ahead, we will continue working even harder to meet the trust and the expectations of our Member Countries in the Arab Region.

Thank you for visiting AfTIAS Programme website. Please keep in touch by visiting us again.

Sincerely,
Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol
CEO, ITFC
Chairman of the AfTIAS Programme Board