WTO accession
In progress
Population
35,320,445
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Afghanistan joined the IF in 2007. To date, a Pre-Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) project has been completed and a DTIS and its Action Matrix were validated in 2012.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Afghanistan started work on the DTIS with the World Bank as the Main Implementing Agency. The National Steering Committee (NSC) was set up in 2008 and the DTIS will be used to further mainstream trade issues into line ministries and into the next Afghanistan National Development Strategy.

Afghanistan implemented a pre-DTIS project between April 2011 and December 2012 to help support the setting up of National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs) and to build capacity at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) in leading the EIF process in Afghanistan.

Main progresses to date

Afghanistan validated the DTIS and its Action Matrix in September 2012. The validation process included two workshops, one for national stakeholders including key Ministries and the private sector. Another workshop targeted Afghanistan's development partners. To ensure full stakeholder engagement, the DTIS and Action Matrix were translated into Pashtun. Earlier, a pre-DTIS project was used to ensure full stakeholder involvement in the DTIS process and to support the World Trade Organization (WTO) accession process through institutional strengthening.

Outlook

In order to take the EIF process forward and in particular to implement the DTIS Action Matrix, the capacity in the  Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) will need to be reinforced. It is the Ministry's intention to develop and implement an EIF Tier 1 project to that end, and first steps in that direction have been initiated. However, in order to advance the EIF process, the political commitment needs to be strong; otherwise, the window of advancing the EIF within the political cycle will be missed.

Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationNoNo
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesNoNo
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/AN/A
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesNoNo
O1.5 Country with quality trade strategyN/AN/A
O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implementedN/AN/A
Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategiesN/AN/A
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionNoNo
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanismN/AN/A
Outcome 3: Coordinated delivery of trade related resources (funding, TA etc.) by donors & implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of DTIS Action Matrix
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)NoNo
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/AN/A
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesNoNo
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)NoNo
Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODAN/AN/A
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyNoNo
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action MatrixN/AN/A
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)N/AN/A

Pre-DTIS

Starting date / End date
28/04/2011
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
22/09/2010
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
49,960
MOU Approval Date
18/04/2011
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2012
Phase
Completed

DTIS

Starting date / End date
31/07/2009
Approved Budget
400,000
Board Approval Date
08/10/2008
Disbursement
400,000
Expenditure Reported
400,000
MOU Approval Date
28/07/2009
MOU Expiry Date
31/10/2012
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1-Ph1)

Approved Budget
300,000
Board Approval Date
22/12/2016
Disbursement
0
Expenditure Reported
0
MOU Approval Date
25/12/2016
MOU Expiry Date
22/12/2019
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

Mr. Habibullah ASAD
Office of Deputy Minster Commerce, Trade Advisor to DM Commerce
Ministry of Commerce and Industries
Ministry of of Commerce and Industries
Kabul, Afghanistan

NIU National Trade Expert

Mr. Naqib AHMADZAI
General Directorate of International Trade, National Expert (EIF)
Ministries of Commerce&Industries
Ministry of Commerce and Industries Building
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +937 815 66 561

Donor Facilitator

Mr. Martin SCHULDES
Humanitarian Aid and Economic Affairs, First Secretary for Development Cooperation
German Embassy Kabul
German Embassy
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +49 30 5000 7175 42

Alternative Donor Facilitator

Mr. Helmut FISCHER
Development Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, Economic Affairs, Counsellor
German Embassy Kabul
German Embassy Wazir Akbar Kahn
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +49 30 5000 7175 142

WB Contact

Mr. Camilo GOMEZ OSORIO
Poverty Reduction & Economic Management, Economist - South Asia Region
The World Bank
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +93-706-33-7862

UNDP Contact

Mr. Moaqmuddin SIRAJ
UNDP Programme Officer
UNDP
Shah Mahmood Ghazi Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: -

Other

Ms. Barbara Rippel Trade Advisor
Donor Facilitator, GTZ Kabul
GTZ
GTZ
kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +93799120333
Mr. Saleem ALKOZAI
Adviser to the Deputy Minister for Trade
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Darul Aman Road Karte Se
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 786 50 04 00
Ms. Barbara RIPPEL
Trade Advisor
GTZ
-
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 799 120 333
Mr. Abdul Kareem MALIKYAR
International Trade , Head of WTO Section
Ministry of Commerce and Industries
Dar-ul Aman Road
Kabul, Afghanistan
Tel: +93 755 801 232
Mr. Abdullah KHAN
Office of Minister, Policy/Strategy Adviser to the Minister
Ministry of Commerce and Industries
Ministry of Commerce and Industries Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghanistan Annual Progress Report 2013
Afghanistan Diagnostics Trade Integration Study (DTIS): November 2012
Afghanistan National Development Strategy Executive Summary (2008-2013)
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