WTO accession
1 January 1995
Population
150,493,658
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

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.

Outlook

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
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

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.

Pre-DTIS

Starting date / End date
28/12/2010
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
22/09/2010
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
48,581
MOU Approval Date
01/12/2010
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2012
Phase
Completed

DTIS

Starting date / End date
30/05/2011
Approved Budget
460,000
Board Approval Date
25/03/2011
Disbursement
460,000
Expenditure Reported
459,894
MOU Approval Date
19/05/2011
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2016
Phase
Completed

NIA Support - Phase 1

Starting date / End date
19/04/2016
Approved Budget
300,000
Board Approval Date
28/08/2015
Disbursement
150,000
Expenditure Reported
0
MOU Approval Date
27/11/2015
MOU Expiry Date
27/11/2018
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

Mr. Md. Munir CHOWDHURY
WTO Cell, Director General
Ministry of Commerce
Ministry of Commerce
Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Tel: +88 02 9540578

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Mohammad Hafizur RAHMAN
Director, WTO Cell
Ministry of Commerce
Building # 3, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka.
, Bangladesh
Tel: +88029552105

Donor Facilitator

Ms. Rubayat JESMIN
Senior Programme officer - Trade & Transport, Private Sector Development
Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh
House 7, Road 84, Gulshan 2
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tel: +880(2)8824730

WB Contact

Mr. Sanjay KATHURIA
Lead Economist
The World Bank
-
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tel: +1 202 458 8155

UNDP Contact

Mr. Richard COLIN MARSHALL
Country Economist
UNDP
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tel: -

EIF Board Member

H.E.Mr. Shubhashish BOSE
WTO Cell Ministry of Commerce, Director General
Ministry of Commerce
302, Building no. 3
Dakha, Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2-954-5383
Bangladesh DTIS Volume II 2016: Strengthening Competitiveness in Bangladesh — Thematic Assessment
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Action Matrix
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Chapter 5
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Chapter 4
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Chapter 3
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Chapter 2
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Chapter 1
Bangladesh DTIS 2016: Toward New Sources of Competitiveness in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Annual Progress Report 2013
Bangladesh's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper 2011-2015
Complying with SPS standards to boost LDCs' trading capacity
Complying with SPS standards to boost LDCs' trading capacity
Complying with SPS standards to boost LDCs' trading capacity
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
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