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Competitiveness for JET - Summary of Grants

Competitiveness for JET First Call for Proposals

22 grants have been selected for funding under Competitiveness for JET's first call for proposals. The 18 regional and 4 global grants span across Competitiveness for JET's four core themes and three cross-cutting themes of Gender, Digital, and Climate.

At the country and regional levels, the grants will support governments with private sector competitiveness related topics that advance the Jobs & Economic Transformation (JET) agenda, while also maintaining technical support in helping countries respond effectively to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic crisis. At the global level, Competitiveness for JET will support knowledge generation and research that will strengthen World Bank operational interventions.

Grant Objectives:

  1. Promoting the growth of higher value-added industries in North Macedonia, improving the productivity of the existing businesses, and aligning sectors with the European Green Deal North Macedonia.
  2. Providing policy recommendations on key issues affecting trade performance, competitiveness, and insertion in global value chains in Ukraine
  3. Conducting a regional study on the relationship between technology adoption, productivity growth, and jobs for the design of productivity-enhancing COVID-19 responses in the ECA region.
  4. Designing business data management for agile policymaking and efficient regulatory delivery in Moldova.
  5. Enhancing the investment protection environment to increase investment retention and expansion to support the creation of a conducive investment climate in Iraq.
  6. Providing technical assistance in West Bank and Gaza to increase economic opportunities for IT service firms through improved market access for SMEs, promoting firm linkages and facilitating FDI.
  7. Providing analytical and advisory support to the Government to identify priority reforms that strengthen the business enabling environment in Lebanon.
  8. Catalyzing green competitiveness and environmentally friendly investments as a means for economic growth in Jordan.
  9. Promoting the use of technologies that both raise productivity and generate better jobs for more people, including lower-income, lower-skilled workers in Senegal.
  10. Backing the government’s national strategic framework for a more diversified and inclusive tourism sector and leveraging the potential of emerging blue economy opportunities in Cabo Verde.
  11. Laying the empirical and knowledge-based foundation for a comprehensive WBG supported program aimed at strengthening firm capabilities to participate in a new automated, streamlined and quality compliant international trade regime in Liberia.
  12. Promoting economic transformation and jobs through accelerated adoption of innovative digital technology, with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs in Comoros.
  13. Measuring firm-level technology adoption to understand constraints to innovation and productivity as key drivers of growth, structural transformation and job creation in Ethiopia.
  14. Assessing key binding constraints to private investment and growth in high value-adding goods and services sectors, with a specific focus on and constraints to firm technology adoption and investment climate in Mongolia.
  15. Supporting the improvement and acceleration of digital technology adoption among SMEs and the deployment of digital technology hubs for SMEs and priority sectors in Cambodia.
  16. Providing technical assistance to key elements of the reform agenda which is focused on recovery, growth and competitiveness in El Salvador.
  17. Advising the government on their private sector structural reform agenda to enable firms to enter, invest and compete on a level playing field, and unlocking new sources of green competitiveness in Ecuador.
  18. Informing public investments and promoting private investments in green recovery and growth in Peru.
  19. Supporting the development of analytical tools and providing policy advice on decarbonization, circular economy, green technologies, and green investments, globally.
  20. Sharpening guidance and expanding the evidence base on effective measures to support competitive and inclusive digital economies, globally.
  21. Generating knowledge for the World Bank clients and staff on operationalizing blockchain and tokenization of value chains to facilitate understanding of how decentralized internet can redefine peer-2-peer transactions and market power relations, globally.
  22. Supporting knowledge dissemination and peer-2-peer exchange in investment climate related topics including green competitiveness, digital economy and gender, globally.