As part of USAID’s trade facilitation project (TFP), the CID team worked on the design of the project’s SME component. The SME program was designed to communicate and provide experts for local long and short term assignments in areas such as economic growth-related advisory and technical assistance services. The experts were to offer services that include public awareness and communications, training, environmental consultancy related to trade, business strategy development, and organizational and human resource development. Their roles would also include professional access to key national and regional private sector organizations and business associations and government agencies relevant to project purposes. The program was launched in March 2013 when TFP held textile & automotive sector events. It is expected to continue for more than 6 months targeting more than 30 companies across 3 sectors.