Trade Works

The EIF Newsletter
Issue 2, May 2015

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is an Aid for Trade partnership among LDCs, donors and international agencies, which helps 51 poorest countries to be more active players in the global trading system.
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Focus section

Liberia: Trading up from the Ebola crisis 

Liberia is once again stepping up with palpable energy, vision and commitment to move past a devastating epidemic that has destroyed the country beyond loss of human life, social dislocation and heavy negative economic impacts.

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Chad: Mobilizing trade support to move up the leather value chain

In Chad, trade is considered as one of the critical tools to boost economic growth and reduce poverty, with support coming from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to move this agenda forward.

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Trade Mainstreaming

Solomon Islands: Using trade as a development tool

Over decades, Solomon Islands has been trading across its island villages, provinces and beyond its borders without a coherent trade policy. With the support from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) programme to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, trade mainstreaming has become a popular goal on the Government's agenda, with the recognition that uncertainty in policies can hamper trade development.

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Cambodia: Silk Road to poverty reduction

Weaving and wearing silk are strong expressions of the deeply rooted cultural and social traditions of Cambodia. Renowned for producing high‑quality silk, often branded as "Golden Silk" by international reviews, Cambodia's silk‑road drive to poverty reduction has been supported by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Programme with implementation support from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

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National ownership

Comoros: A trade roadmap for national development  

The Government of the Union of the Comoros validated the updated Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) on 30 April 2015 in Moroni, under the patronage of the Vice‑President in charge of trade, Mr Mohamed Ali Soilihi. The national validation was preceded by a round of preliminary validations in the three islands of Ngazidjia, Mohéli and Anjouan where local stakeholders discussed the findings and provided inputs that were integrated in the final documents.

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Towards the new EIF

2015 is a crucial year for the EIF partnership, after the EIF Steering Committee approved the continuation of the programme for a new phase (2016-2022), based on the findings and recommendations of the 2014 Comprehensive EIF Evaluation. Independent external evaluators interviewed and surveyed representatives of all EIF constituencies, the governance structure and the programme and fiduciary management and visited 15 countries out of 45 where the programme is currently active. The Evaluation confirmed the continued relevance of the EIF to the Least Developed Countries' (LDCs) trade needs, found that the EIF was supporting LDCs in mainstreaming trade into national development and indicated that results on the ground started showing good prospects of sustainability. It also recommended reforms to further increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the programme and enhance ownership and sustainability at country level.

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