Bhutan is a small country with limited institutional resources; it has considerably opened up its economy to trade over the past decades and is committed to continuing this policy course as evidenced by its World Trade Organization (WTO) accession process. Bhutan joined the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in September 2009, and the EIF has since played a key role in institutional strengthening to mainstream trade into country planning processes. The DTIS and its Action Matrix were validated in early 2012. There are few resident donors in Bhutan and a limited supply of Aid for Trade, which calls for effective donor coordination and strategic leveraging of resources including the EIF Trust Fund.
Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)
A pre-DTIS project has been implemented between February 2010 and February 2011. Bhutan's DTIS was undertaken with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as Main Implementing Entity between March 2011 and the Validation Workshop in January 2012.
Main progresses to date
The pre-DTIS project provided the Government of Bhutan with technical assistance and institutional support to take the EIF process forward, through enhancing the expertise and capacity of the National Steering Committee (NSC) and the EIF Focal Point (FP) and other key stakeholders including the private sector, associations and provincial level officials. The DTIS and its Action Matrix are being used to build on and revise the priority actions and strategies in the 2010 Economic Development Policy and the 10th Five-Year Plan (2008-2013).
A Tier 1 project to provide institutional strengthening for trade mainstreaming, donor coordination and resource mobilization for priorities identified in the DTIS and its Action Matrix has been approved and implementation will start in mid-2013.
|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||N/A||N/A|
|O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action Matrices||N/A||N/A|
|O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project||N/A||3|
|O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategies||N/A||N/A|
|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||N/A||N/A|
|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)||N/A||N/A|
|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||N/A||N/A|
|O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)||N/A||N/A|
|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||N/A||N/A|
|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|