Enhanced Integrated Framework

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a multi-donor programme dedicated to promoting the integration of least developed countries (LDC) into global trade by mainstreaming trade into national development strategies and eliminating supply-side constraints to trade. The programme will enter into a second phase (EIF II) running from 2016 to 2022.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Commerce durable
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2022
CHF 1'850'000
Contexte The insufficient integration of LDCs in global trade remains a challenge for the international community. Despite LDCs accounting for 12% of the global population, LDCs' share in world trade in 2013 constituted a mere 1.24%. The importance of trade integration of LDCs in combatting poverty has long been recognized. The forerunner of the EIF was created in 1997 in the context of the foundation of the WTO. Today the EIF is the only multilateral process providing trade-related technical assistance exclusively to LDCs and as such represents the centrepiece of international trade-related support to LDCs.
Objectifs The EIF’s overall goal is to better integrated LDCs into global trade in a way which contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable development. In view of this objective, the EIF, on the one hand, aims at integrating and positioning trade as a development tool in the development strategies of the EIF countries and at building policy and institutional capacity of the government to implement reform priorities accordingly. On the other hand the EIF strives to build capacity to trade through sector support programmes, skills training or upgrading of production. Furthermore, the EIF’s objective is to set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance and for LDCs to be capacitated to leverage additional resources for assistance. The EIF functions as a close partnership between beneficiary countries, donors and development agencies. It is the EIF's central aim to achieve a coordinated approach among these three partners and rally them behind common national trade-related development strategies and reform plans.
Effets à moyen terme Increased competitiveness and presence of EIF countries in international markets.Establishment and implementation of trade agendas conducive to sustainable pro-poor growth in EIF countries.

Principaux résultats attendus:   Improved evidence-based policy inputs for an effective trade and development agenda based on the Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTIS) and regular updates thereof which undertakes an in-depth analyses of the countries' trade situation in order to identify the main internal constraints to trade and competitiveness.Strengthened institutional coordination of the government agencies involved in trade and development.Enhanced human capacity for trade and development.Additional assistance leveraged to boost productive capacities and access international market in EIF countries.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   In the course of Phase I (2008-15), the EIF has engaged with all 51 EIF countries. The EIF has helped to initiate 37 institutional strengthening projects and a further 36 projects aimed at building up trade related and supply-side capacities in identified priority areas, with a grand total of 131 projects undertaken to date. In terms of expenditure the programme has allocated and committed a total of US$193.93 million, out of total contributions of US$201.40 million received. To date, the EIF can present the following results as achievements of phase I of the programme:• 95 projects supporting trade and development policy capacity• 36 projects helping countries to address barriers and increase ability to trade• 41 analytical studies to help countries identify their main constraints to trade • Trade strategies formulated and implemented in 29 countries • Trade features in national development strategies of 32 countries• Regular public-private consultation mechanisms active in 32 countries• Regular government donor-consultation mechanisms in place in 30 countries• Donor coordination mechanisms on trade established in 28 countries

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   1'850'000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   2'000'000
Phases du projet Phase 10 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours)