Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development

North America

Client: Global Affairs Canada

EDM is a seven-year project (2018-2025) designed to maximize inclusive economic growth in developing countries that have trade and investment agreements with Canada. The project will provide targeted technical assistance to recipient countries through up to 700 Technical Expert deployments. Working closely with Global Affairs Canada, the EDM team will identify and address priority capacity building and reform issues with a high potential to reduce poverty, support gender equality, and increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), women and under-represented groups to access the benefits trade.

As a responsive facility, EDM receives technical assistance requests from eligible governments, private sector groups or civil society organizations, and recruits and deploys third-party Technical Experts to deliver capacity-building activities. Technical assistance can be provided during the course of exploratory trade or investment discussions, while negotiations are underway, or following the conclusion or ratification of an agreement.

EDM is managed and implemented by CowaterSogema in collaboration with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).