WTO accession
In progress
Population
738,267
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

 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).

Outlook

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
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationN/AN/A
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesN/AN/A
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/A3
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesN/AN/A
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 dimensionN/AN/A
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)N/AN/A
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 CountriesN/AN/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/AN/A
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 strategyN/AN/A
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
23/02/2010
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
15/01/2010
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
50,000
MOU Approval Date
15/02/2010
MOU Expiry Date
28/02/2011
Phase
Completed

DTIS

Starting date / End date
07/04/2011
Approved Budget
400,000
Board Approval Date
24/03/2011
Disbursement
400,000
Expenditure Reported
400,000
MOU Approval Date
04/04/2011
MOU Expiry Date
31/10/2012
Phase
Completed

NIA Support - Phase 1

Starting date / End date
07/10/2013
Approved Budget
900,000
Board Approval Date
14/06/2013
Disbursement
800,000
Expenditure Reported
605,286
MOU Approval Date
10/09/2013
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2017
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

Mr. Sonam TENZIN
Department of Trade, Director
Ministry of Economic Affairs
P.O. Box 141
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: 975-2-327826

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Pema THINLEY
Export Promotion Division, Dept.of Trade,Ministry of Economic Affairs, Trade Officer
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: +975-2-322407

EIF NIU Team

Mr. Tshewang CHOKI
Department of Trade, Trade Officer & Assistant NIU Coordinator
Ministry of Economic Affairs
P.O. Box 141
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: +975-2-322407/321337

UNDP Contact

Ms. Claire VAN DER VAEREN
Resident Representative
UNDP Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: +975 2 32 24 24 ext. 203
Mr. Jigme DORJI
Interim EIF Donor Facilitator
UNDP Bhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: +975 2 32 24 24
Mr. Dorji CHODEN
Assistant Resident Representative
UNDP
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: +975 2 32 24 24 ext. 302
Bhutan Annual Progress Report 2013
Bhutan Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2012
Bhutan DTIS Action Matrix 2012
Bhutan's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2008-2013