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Competitiveness and Trade Policy

Ecorys Research

Successful trade and industrial policy is most commonly associated with economic growth and increased prosperity.

Foreign direct investment can bring with it resources and expertise that spread throughout the local economy. Increased access to markets may in turn provide increasing opportunities to local businesses.

Trade policies need to embrace more than just the opening of markets. Trade and FDI should be harnessed, as business cannot be separated from the natural environment or the society in which it operates. Increasing competitiveness will help overall, but can also cause short-term pain for some industries and social groups.

To turn static comparative advantage into dynamic competitive advantage in the market place, Ecorys assists first in identifying sectors that hold comparative advantage. Next, we provide trade, industrial ,enterprise policy advice, support with capacity building in the related fields, including in export and investment promotion, market surveys, sectoral competitiveness guides and advice on FDI.

Selected Projects
  • India: Preparing the Development Plan for the KBN Investment Region in Rajasthan
  • India: Evaluation of the EU - India Trade and Investment Development Programme and identifi cation of follow-up programme
  • Yemen: Developing a Model Economic Zones
  • India: Evaluation of the EU’s Market Access Partnership in India
  • Bulgaria: Marketing Support for the promotion of FDI
  • Russian Federation: Promotion of Innovative SMEs in the Baltic Region
  • Turkey: Develop an Action Plan for the Turkish Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) and stimulate foreign investments
  • Philippines: Study on the Barriers to Trade & Investment
  • Thailand: Support to the EU - ASEAN FTA negotiations Impacts of fi nancial sector liberalisation
  • The Gambia: Restructuring of the Gambia Investment Promotion & Free Zones Agency & Establishing a One Stop Shop
  • Kenya-EU Post Lomé Trade (KEPLOTRADE) Programme phase II – Support to EPA & EAC negotiations; support to competitiveness & productivity development