The Conference Board is currently acting as the Executing Agency for the following projects:

Canada Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Program (CUTIS)

  • Funding: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Budget: C$13.4 million
  • Duration: 2016–21
  • Program Director: Paul Darby
  • Program Manager: Elena Dinu

The CUTIS Program is designed to help alleviate poverty and stimulate economic growth in Ukraine through the enhancement of Canadian-Ukrainian trade and investments. The Program has a number of activities aimed at making Canadian market information and regulatory requirements accessible in a user friendly format to Ukrainian SMEs and potential Canadian investors.

The Program plans to engage directly in trade and investment facilitation activities. The Program plans to establish business linkages between industry associations for five “priority industries” that can persist after the Program is over and these linkages can serve to allow work to continue to increase trade and investment.

CUTIS plans to work to create the appropriate governance and regulatory framework that would support Canada-Ukraine trade and investment. CUTIS plans to work with the private sector to identify the barriers to trade and investment, including any existing regulatory barriers, and make recommendations to the appropriate central government ministries to change the regulations where necessary. Finally, the Program plans to undertake a number of capacity building activities and work to improve the investment attraction strategies of public sector investment agencies.

Trade and Private Sector Assistance (TPSA)

  • Funding: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Budget: C$12 million
  • Duration: 2014–20
  • Program Director: Paul Darby
  • Program Manager: Brenda Lafleur

The TPSA project will identify and help overcome existing barriers to trade between Canada and Indonesia, in the process both alleviating poverty in Indonesia and generating benefits to Canadian firms. TPSA will compile and disseminate Indonesian and Canadian trade and investment information and regulatory practices in order to help increase trade and investment flows between the two countries.

TPSA will also conduct research and training on how to increase trade and investment between Canada and Indonesia, including identifying priority industries. TPSA will prepare market intelligence reports and product briefs and CBoC will host and train Indonesian interns under TPSA sponsorship.

TPSA will partner Canadian and Indonesian think tanks and academic institutions on trade-related issues and enhance private sector business linkages between Indonesia and Canada, especially for SMEs. TPSA will also provide an improved understanding of the regulatory framework for trade and investment between Canada and Indonesia.

Canada-Americas Trade Related Technical Assistance Program (CATRTA)

  • Funding: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Budget: C$17 million
  • Duration: 2009–17
  • Program Director: Joanne Warren
  • Program Manager: Dan Lemaire

Canada Americas Trade Related Technical Assistance (CATRTA) is designed to meet the priority needs of Canada and Canadian FTA partner countries and sub-regions in the Americas that are focus countries of GAC. The focus countries include Peru, Colombia, the CARICOM region and Honduras. The technical assistance will be delivered to government entities, the private sector and civil society on a regional, hemispheric or bilateral basis by Canadian and international experts from public and private organizations.

The goal of the CATRTA program is to assist GAC country partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to maximize the opportunities and benefits of increased trade and investment through their bilateral FTAs with Canada and thus contributing to the reduction of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development.

The program includes the following activity groups:

  • a focus on specific sub-project themes to enhance the capacity of the region to maximize the effectiveness of the environment and labour side agreements to the FTAs with Canada, as well as address specific capacity weaknesses regarding sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, trade promotion, labour and environmental side agreements;
  • support to technical cooperation mechanisms in order to strengthen the Technical Cooperation Mechanisms created under the FTAs;
  • monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management to promote learning and dissemination of lessons learned through the program.
Trade, Investment Policy and International Cooperation