Trade has been mainstreamed into the 2nd generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) for 2011‑2015, in particular, with the aim of promoting foreign trade. The DTIS Action Matrix priorities on agriculture, customs reforms, trade facilitation and improving the business environment have been incorporated into the GPRS. Moreover, sector strategies for agriculture, rural development, industry, energy, tourism and transport have taken onboard the trade dimension, both at regional and international levels.
The recruitment of the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) staff was finalized in early 2013, including the hiring of an International Trade Advisor (ITA) to support the NIU in the implementation of the EIF programme.
With the support of the EIF Donor Facilitator (DF), consultations with Development Partners (DPs) taking stock of the DTIS Action Matrix priorities was kick-started resulting in the organization of a Roundtable around the DTIS Action Matrix priority projects in March 2013 in Kinshasa. The Roundtable was attended by around 100 participants including DPs and international organizations present in the DRC. After the event, the EIF NIU has been following up with DPs active in trade and private sector development in the country to mobilize additional resources to take forward DTIS Action Matrix implementation.
The EIF NIU is also currently developing a Tier 2 project on Palm oil to be submitted to the EIF Board for funding. As far as outreach and capacity building are concerned, sensitization activities on the EIF and the DTIS Action Matrix priorities have been undertaken in the main provinces of the DRC. Additionally, the UNDP has been working on expansion of outreach activities related to the DTIS, trade integration as well as international trade statistics.
The EIF NIU team has also participated in a series of workshops including a regional aid for trade meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroun, in 2013; a trade fair on agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry, held in Kinshasa presenting the objectives of the EIF programme to stakeholders; the Fourth Global Aid for Trade Review in July 2013; and the EIF Regional Workshop on gender, M&E and communicating results in March 2014 among others.