Implementation of the Tier 1 Support to NIA project had progressed well until the end of 2012 when EIF activities ceased because of increasing political unrest and a suspension of all disbursements for project activities following a negative audit report in December 2012.
As part of the Tier 1 work, studies were undertaken on high export potential sectors and Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) development. The EIF programme in CAR was also instrumental in facilitating trade mainstreaming into its 2nd PRSP - (Document de Stratégie pour la Réduction de la Pauvreté 2011-2015 – DSRPII) and in particular into the following sections: investment climate; promotion of growth sectors; basic infrastructure development; and regional integration, and in developing a trade strategy. In addition to the National Export Strategy, trade also features in productive sector strategies on agriculture, tourism and transport. Sector strategies on agriculture: Stratégies de développement rural, de l'agriculture et de la sécurité alimentaire - SDRASA 2011-2015 and National Programme for Agricultural Investment and Food Security (PNIASA - Programme National d’Investissement Agricole et de Sécurité Alimentaire) take into account trade profiles for sesame, maize, palm oil, among others.
The Tier 2 project on reinforcing supply capacity of agricultural products will directly support women in CAR, with at least 60% of the workforce in agricultural production being women, involved in the various stages of production, processing and marketing. The project will increase production of raw and processed sesame, corn and palm oil to meet market demands and increase income of the rural population, cooperatives, and private sector actors.
The DTISU was launched in 2012, but suspended because of the political situation.