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Improving Business Environments for Agile Markets (iBEAM)

Situation

Fostering robust economic growth is key to reducing extreme poverty and creating opportunities for greater global trade and investment. Yet, obstacles such as inefficient customs systems, limited financial access, and lack of regional cooperation can hold back both individual entrepreneurs and entire business sectors.

Approach

The iBEAM project provides on-demand technical expertise, research, and logistics support for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform (TRR) and field-based Missions. Dexis and its project partners expand and improve understanding and use of best practices in the design and implementation of business enabling environment activities. The iBEAM project provides technical assistance in trade facilitation; services trade and investment; regional economic cooperation; and impact assessments.

Dexis provides technical expertise for USAID projects that work to remove economic barriers and promote prosperity.

Activities

Dexis offers USAID/TRR, USAID missions, and local partners a range of on-demand services such as needs assessments, training, monitoring and evaluation, public-private partnership opportunity identification, and rapid-response support.

Our team:

  • Develops and prepares manuals to inform host country government officials about customs administration and regulatory best practice.
  • Conducts original trade and business environment research.
  • Creates sector-specific best practice toolkits for monitoring and evaluation of economic growth initiatives.
  • Prepares monitoring and evaluation frameworks for business environment and trade projects.
  • Designs trainings for implementers and host country governments in subjects such as implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

Results

  • Standards Alliance Action Plans: Developed action plans to describe the steps needed to improve the effectiveness of implementing World Trade Organization requirements.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission Training Exchange Program: Sponsored the participation of the Deputy Head of Division at QUATEST 2, part of Vietnam’s Institute for Standardization and Metrology laboratories, in the training exchange program.
  • Capacity Building: Delivered four customized training courses relevant to private sector development; three in West Africa and one with customs experts from the EU and the US.
  • Pioneering Research: Prepared seven technical manuals and handbooks for host country governments in areas related to customs administration and regulatory best practices; written four technical briefs, conducted trade and business environment research ,and developed an innovative best practices toolkit for monitoring and evaluating trade programs.
  • Sector-Specific Tools. Developed a diagnostic tool for investors in the power sector to provide them with baseline assessments of the legal, regulatory, and institutional environment in a region.