A member of the WTO, Madagascar is also party to several regional trade agreements and a beneficiary of international agreements. However well intentioned, these agreements, often negotiated solely by government officials, can be unsettling for the private sector. The best remedy is a private sector that is aware of and takes a lively interest in the opportunities, threats, advantages, and disadvantages of trade arrangements.
Through this USAID-funded project, Nathan Associates developed the capacity of Madagascar’s private and public sectors to elaborate positions on WTO and regional agreements and remove internal barriers to trade and investment that prevent entrepreneurs from taking advantage of agreements.
- Helped implement policy reforms
- Raised awareness of WTO and regional trade agreements
- Built public and private sector capacity to advocate for policy change
- Helped establish a U.S.-Madagascar Business Council