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Enhancing the U.S.-Egypt Commercial Relationship through Technical Assistance

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A woman prepares grapes for packaging
A woman prepares grapes for packaging at Esna Packhouse in Luxor, Egypt.
USAID/Julie Fossler

USAID provides a four year, $2,975,000 grant to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program to provide legal and trade-related technical assistance to the Government of Egypt and the Egyptian private sector. The Government of Egypt requested this assistance in the context of talks on the U.S.-Egypt Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

Implementing Partner: U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program; Life of Project: September 2018 – September 2022; Total Estimated Cost: $2,975,000; Governorates: Nationwide      


  • Improve Egypt’s capacity to implement a food safety policy that enhances the U.S.-Egypt Trade relationship and is in compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) standards
  • Support Egypt in its efforts to implement the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA)
  • Improve Egypt’s ability to conduct transparent customs valuations and to meet the commitments of multilateral agreements
  • Assist Egypt in meeting its commitments under multilateral agreements or in areas such as patent protection, government procurement, and competition policy


  • Held a workshop on regulating development and WTO agreements pertaining to food safety
  • Initiated a multi-phase training program on customs valuation for the Egyptian Competition Authority in Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said
  • Held a conference on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in cooperation with the World Bank
  • Consulted with the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the automotive industry to develop a letter on the path forward on important trade issues