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.
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|
|O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementation||No||No|
|O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action Matrices||No||No|
|O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project||N/A||N/A|
|O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategies||No||No|
|O1.5 Country with quality trade strategy||N/A||N/A|
|O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implemented||N/A||N/A|
|Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans|
|O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategies||N/A||N/A|
|O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimension||No||No|
|O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism||N/A||N/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|
|O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)||No||No|
|O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters||N/A||N/A|
|O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF Countries||No||No|
|O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)||No||No|
|Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities|
|O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODA||N/A||N/A|
|O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategy||No||No|
|O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix||N/A||N/A|
|O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)||N/A||N/A|