Trade and Investment Promotion

  • Caribbean- Eastern – Framework for the Establishment and Implementation of the Regime for Free Circulation of Goods within the OECS – IOS’s Director of IT reviewed the current Information Communication Technology infrastructure in the area of trade in the OECS Member States. Developed a proposal for, inter alia, establishing a Regional Customs Information System (RCIS) and improving connectivity between customs and other regulatory border agencies across the OECS Economic Union (OECS Economic Union, 2015)
  • Colombia – Strengthening Trade Policy in Colombia: Design a System for Simultaneous Physical Inspection – Imports – Established an efficient procedure for simultaneous inspection on the import regime that allowed its automation by means of an electronic simultaneous inspection module, VUCE, for all cargo being imported via ports, airports and border crossings (Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Tourism/Inter-American Development Bank, 2012)
  • El Salvador -Technical Assistance for the Northern Zone Trade Facilitation Portal Project in El Salvador – Assisted the Salvadorian Foundation for Economic and Social Development and the National Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador in the development of an investment promotion web portal and organized roundtables to facilitate trade and investment promotion in the northern region of El Salvador (USTDA, 2009-2010)
  • El Salvador – CAFTA-DR Regional Trade Program (CRT) – One Stop Shop Development – E-government – Hired as a subcontractor to Chemonics to assist the Salvadoran Customs Directorate (DGA) and the Technical Secretariat of the Presidency (STP) to develop an automated “One-Stop-Shop” portal to fully integrate the governmental processes required for the importation and exportation of goods in El Salvador in order to achieve compliance with the conditions of Chapters 4 and 5 of CAFTA-D (USAID, 2009)
  • El Salvador – CAFTA Promotion Project – USAID – Under contract to Booz Allen, IOS’s Director of IT participated in developing a One Stop Shop or “Ventanila Unica Virtual” (eCNR) under a Service Oriented Architecture, using open source tool for the Centro Nacional de Registros (CNR) (USAID, 2009)
  • Lebanon – Feasibility Study for the Tripoli SEZ – As a sub-contractor to Sibley International, conducted a demand forecast, assisted in developing a comprehensive, best‐practice Master Plan, conducted a marketing study and promotion strategy, prepared financial models with varying degrees of government financial participation, led the PPP contractual strategy and developed RFP tender documents, facilitated relationships between local and international stakeholders, and determined legal steps required to secure a private operator for the development of a Special Economic Zone in Tripoli (USAID, 2010-2011)
  • Lesotho – Development of an Investor Tracking Solution (ITS) –In order to better track investments and have access to information to attract further investment opportunities, the Lesotho National Development Corporation engaged IOS Partners to develop and implement an Investor Tracking Solution (ITS), including delivery of the training sessions (Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, 2013)
  • Lesotho – Development of the National Investment Promotion Strategy – Provided the Lesotho National Development Corporation with a solid strategy to strengthen investment promotion services and to attract more foreign direct investment to the country, and created a five year investment promotion strategy and cost action plan analyzing the target sectors and countries that Lesotho has potential to attract foreign investments from as well as the constraints that are currently holding investors back (Ministry of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, 2013)
  • Lesotho –Lead Economic Development Advisor to the Lesotho National Development Corporation– IOS Principal hired to implement the diversification strategy and to facilitate the missing linkages between the foreign-owned firms and the local economy, ultimately aiming to improve the capacity of local businesses and potentially build a pipeline of domestic service providers opening new markets for local businesses. This project seeks to respond directly to Lesotho’s development challenges as articulated in the National Strategic Development Plan through private sector-led economic growth (LNDC, 2015)
  • Mozambique – Study for the Establishment of Industrial Parks in Zambezia Province – Conducted a study for the establishment of industrial parks in Zambezia province, which included technical and economic feasibility studies, and a master plan for the selected site for implementation (Government of Mozambique/Ministry of Industry and Commerce, 2014 – 2016)
  • Nicaragua – Study to Identify Foreign and National Investment Opportunities and Develop Specific Investment Projects in Nicaragua – Identified business opportunities with a high potential for domestic and foreign investment in 10 regions of Nicaragua in order to develop specific investment projects and have a pipeline for channeling investment into the territories of the country (The Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce, 2012)
  • Nicaragua – Technical Assistance in Foreign Trade Matters and Government Technology Systems for the Establishment of the Electronic Single Window for Foreign Trade in Nicaragua – Designed and established an Electronic Single Window for Foreign Trade in Nicaragua (VUCEN), including the development of the regulatory and institutional framework for the Portal and training and technology transfer to government officials, IT counterparts of the institutions and operating personnel of the system (Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce (MIFIC)/Inter-American Development Bank, 2014-2015)
  • Nicaragua -USAID CAFTA Promotion Project – Under contract with FMI, IOS’s Director of IT assisted in the design and development of a web-based application for computerizing the Register of Trade Marks and Intellectual Property (eRPINIC) for the Government of Nicaragua (USAID, 2007-2008)
  • Pakistan – Development of Special Economic Zone & Logistic Hubs along the Pakistan National Trade Corridor – Conducted a comprehensive assessment, feasibility study, and business plan to develop Logistics Hubs along the National Trade Corridor Highway in order to facilitate trade at the national and regional levels, as well as promote investment along the corridor (Asian Development Bank, 2009-2010)
  • Saudi Arabia – Development of Special Economic Zones in Saudi Arabia – Identified potential development areas for special economic zones in the regions of Hail, Jazzan, and Tabuk in order to achieve a balanced development in the less developed regions (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), 2005-2006)
  • Senegal – Prefeasibility Study for the Cité des Affaires de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – Conducted a technical prefeasibility study examining the strengths and weaknesses of regulatory, environmental, social, geomorphologic, and investment characteristics, financial prefeasibility, legal and regulatory analysis, and initial project realization planning, including the selection of a private operational partner, for the international business “City”, called “Cité des Affaires de l’Afrique de l’Ouest” (West African Business City) (APIX, 2009-2010)
  • West Africa – UEMOA Customs Union Instruments on Trade Facilitation – Capacity Building Needs on SPS Border Facility and Equipment – Supported UEMOA on its regional approach to strengthening capacity building on sanitary and phyto-sanitary border control in order to facilitate and secure international trade through the development of a coherent program for capacity building in the field of SPS control infrastructure and equipment at the borders of the UEMOA member states (World Bank, UEMOA Commission, 2014).