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Trade Works

The EIF Newsletter
Issue 4, May 2016

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is the only global Aid-for-Trade programme exclusively dedicated to support the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to use trade as a vehicle for economic growth and poverty reduction. It is a partnership among 48 LDCs, 3 graduated countries, 24 donors and 8 international agencies.
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In Focus

Maldives: A Trade and Investment Pathway for Post-Graduation

Maldives, a country of over 1,190 islands in the Indian Ocean, of which only 188 are inhabitable to a population of approximately 350,000 people, has unique challenges due to its recent graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status (2011) and the resulting loss of trade preferences that it had been accorded as an LDC.

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Rwanda's road to cross-border prosperity

Rwanda's progressive vision for trade continues to yield real economic impact for poor people's lives. As one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, Rwanda has made big strides to overcome past conflict and focus on reconciliation and rebuilding the country, charting progress in a unified front, which has significantly attracted foreign investments to boost Rwanda's economic development.

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Trade Mainstreaming 

Fostering consensus for change: trade and development in Chad

Chad is showing just how far trade can be used as a lever to help a country achieve its development goals in support of poor rural communities. As a landlocked and largely semi-desert country, Chad is confronted with high trading costs to link to international markets, a dependence on a volatile oil sector, the climate change impact and the need for investments in infrastructure, training and access to finance and technology. The EIF programme has been instrumental in building a spirit of consensus among different stakeholders from the public and private sectors, accompanied by development partners' support to identify cross-cutting national priorities that would help Chad achieve its Development Vision 2030 and become an emerging economy. 

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Rooting sustainable entrepreneurship in Nepal

In Nepal, the EIF programme has been focusing on contributing to poverty reduction through the creation of jobs and sustainable trade development efforts. Its support to institutional capacity‑building goals has made an impact centred around a clear vision on the role of trade for the country's development and strong coordination with development partners and backed by a dynamic national team on the ground.

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National ownership

The ripple effect: How small investments have yielded bigger sustainable rewards in The Gambia

As a small country, The Gambia has to think innovatively to maximize its trade potential outside of its domestic market. The EIF programme's role has been key in putting trade into action, using a coordinated framework to work with rural communities and boost their livelihoods by addressing their needs through robust projects that can attract further investment. Government ministries and stakeholders nationwide are now in the driving seat of the trade agenda showing how conducive trade policies and building up institutions' capacity to act on trade can drastically change the realities on the ground.

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