Under the Integrated Framework (IF) - an earlier version of the EIF - Bangladesh benefited from a project in the leather sector executed by the International Trade Centre (ITC). In November 2009, Bangladesh formally joined the EIF. The National Steering Committee (NSC) was set up and serves as inter-ministerial coordinator on trade issues. The Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) process began in 2011.
Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)
Bangladesh is undertaking a DTIS with the World Bank as Main Implementing Entity (MIE); the DTIS is to serve as a basis for mainstreaming trade into the overall development strategy and the relevant line ministries. A pre-DTIS project has been implemented between December 2010 and June 2012. The project provided support to set up the NIAs and to ensure full country ownership of the DTIS process.
Main progresses to date
The original timetable for the DTIS process agreed in 2011 has been delayed but a new date for the Validation Workshop has been agreed between the Government and the World Bank. Fourteen draft background chapters for the DTIS have been produced and the actual DTIS report highlighting constraints to trade and ways to address them is being prepared. There is an active interest within the donor community in the DTIS process, in particular in the Local Consultative Group for Private Sector Development and Trade which is co-chaired by the Government of Bangladesh and a representative from the development partners.
Earlier, the pre-DTIS project had been used to familiarize and sensitize the stakeholders to the importance of trade for inclusive, sustainable growth and poverty reduction and to the EIF process. Furthermore, the project was used for capacity building on trade mainstreaming.
Earlier setbacks in the DTIS process have led to delays in the 2013 timetable for finalization and validation of the exercise. To reinforce the process, the Executive Secretariat (ES) undertook a support mission in June 2013. The agreed timetable includes the finalization of the DTIS report in July and a Validation Workshop in September 2013. The DTIS will be linked to Bangladesh's Comprehensive Trade Policy (CTP) currently being developed with the support of the European Union. The CTP will be validated before the end of the year and guide the government and donors on trade policy implementation.
|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|
The DTIS Concept Note was developed by the World Bank as Main Implementing Entity in cooperation with the Government and reviewed by the EIF Board. Subsequently, the Main DTIS Mission took place for fact‑finding to fulfil the TOR enshrined in the Concept Note. At the end of the reporting period, a first draft of the cross-cutting DTIS chapters was submitted to the Government for review.
From a fiduciary perspective, the pre-DTIS project ended in June 2012. Mid-term financial and narrative reports were submitted. The final report was submitted in December 2012, but was, however, in need of technical corrections. The corrected and signed final report is awaited by 31 March 2013.