Project profile — Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2018-10-01 - 2025-10-01
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (25.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)
• Europe, regional (25.00%)


• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (25.00%)
• Trade policy and administrative management:
Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (25.00%)
Trade facilitation (33120) (25.00%)
Trade education/training (33181) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project seeks to promote inclusive economic growth in developing countries where Canada engages in trade or investment agreements by deploying Canadian and international technical experts to assist developing countries negotiate, implement, adapt to and benefit from bilateral or regional trade agreements with Canada. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance to government officials on engaging in discussions and/or negotiations on inclusive trade or investment agreements; (2) supporting ministries, departments and agencies to implement inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada; and (3) private sector organizations on how to adapt to and benefit from expanded trade and investment agreements with Canada.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) more inclusive trade or investment commitments within exploratory discussions, negotiations and agreements between Canada and project partner country governments; (2) improved policy or regulatory environment within the project partner countries to implement sustainable and inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada; and (3) increased access to the benefits of sustainable and inclusive trade and investment agreements with Canada for the private sector, civil society organizations and particularly women, indigenous peoples, and other under-represented groups in the project partner countries.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) improved skills of 591 government officials (53% women) to negotiate trade agreements in Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Vietnam and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN); (2) strengthened the capacity of 632 other government officials (48% women) to implement trade agreements in Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, Vietnam and ASEAN region; (3) strengthened the capacity of 151 small and medium-sized enterprises to increase their export business activities in Colombia and Vietnam; and (4) increased awareness of gender equality and environmental considerations in trade negotiations of government officials in Colombia, Paraguay, Vietnam and ASEAN region.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $4,625,000
Planned disbursement $6,822,054
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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