WTO accession
30 January 1996
Population
10,123,787
Per capita growth rate (%)
-6.7
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
163
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
0.745
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
580
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
2.59
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

 Haiti became a beneficiary country of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) in June 2008 and started undertaking preparations for a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS). The DTIS process was halted because of the devastating earthquake in January 2010 and its prolonged aftermath.

 

The impact of the earthquake forced Haiti to prepare an Action Plan for National Recovery and Development, presented in March 2010 to Development Partners (DPs) and subsequently endorsed. With the support of DPs, Haiti started to execute the Plan, which included EIF implementation as part of its recovery and reconstruction strategy; as well as resuming DTIS activities.

 

In mid-2011, the DTIS process was fully resumed as part of the Action Plan for National Recovery and Development responding to Haiti's reconstruction needs. However, this was also severely affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

 

In 2013, the DTIS was completed and validated by stakeholders and the Government. The validation of the DTIS and the creation of the EIF inter-sectoral network have boosted the implementation of the EIF programme in Haiti.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Haiti's multi-year 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' project was approved by the EIF Board in December 2012. The project aims to develop and reinforce the institutional capacities of Haiti in the formulation and implementation of trade policies and strategies through the establishment of an institutional framework facilitating synergies between the public sector, civil society, private sector, universities, women's groups and the donor community. These institutions are essential for a coordinated approach in mainstreaming of trade into the national growth and poverty reduction strategies.

Main progresses to date

Haiti has set up NIAs through a presidential decree adopted in March 2013. As part of the NIAs, the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU), the EIF National Steering Committee (NSC) and the EIF Donor Facilitator (DF) are fully operational. As of September 2014, the World Bank assumed the role of DF. The NSC provides a platform for inter-ministerial and public-private sector dialogue on trade issues and is chaired by the Director General of the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation (MPCE) and co-chaired by the Director General of Ministry of Economy and Finance.

 

The EIF institutional capacity building project is working to support the implementation of the DTIS Action Matrix as well as Haiti's trade mainstreaming agenda. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) is also developing a trade strategy to support the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan of Haiti (PSDH), via the tri-annual public investment plan (2016-2019).

 

 Public-private-donor consultation mechanism has been reactivated through the ''Thematic Sector Table on Trade and Industry '' (table sectorielle) and included as part of the EIF capacity building project workplan. Plans are under way to develop productive strategies based on the DTIS, while a sector study on Textile and Clothing is being considered. Moreover, an EIF inter-sectoral network has been established to support trade mainstreaming and Medium-Term Programme (MTP) development.

 

Haiti's DTIS was completed in December 2013 with the support of the World Bank and validated by stakeholders and the Government. The DTIS 2013 focuses on export processing, in particular clothing and apparel; tourism; transformation and export of selected agricultural products such as mangoes and essential oils; and promoting potential non-traditional sectors, for example, business process outsourcing and other services supplied within the realm of mode IV of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services.

 

To respond and support the priorities addressed in the DTIS Action Matrix, Haiti is developing a MTP based on the DTIS Action Matrix. Plans are also under way to organize a Donor Roundtable to mobilize resources for the MTP. Together with the MPCE (in charge of the foreign aid coordination mandate), the NIU plans to create an AfT database to identify donors' support and facilitate donor coordination around the DTIS priorities.       

     

Haiti's Pre-DTIS project approved by the EIF Board in October 2010 was implemented between 2011 and 2012. The project helped Haiti to set up the EIF NIAs and to facilitate the consultative process for the DTIS. The Pre-DTIS project resources were also used to prepare the proposal for the EIF multi-year 'Support to NIAs' project, which supports the implementation of the DTIS Action Matrix as well as Haiti's trade mainstreaming agenda.

 

The NIU team has benefitted from an EIF organized Gender, M&E and Communications regional francophone workshop in Togo in March 2014, as well as an EIF regional awareness raising workshop for Central and Western Africa plus Haiti held in Mali in December 2010. These workshops were focused on promoting global experience sharing between the EIF Countries on trade mainstreaming, AfT coordination efforts and sharing of regional country examples.

 

In 2011, an EIF Familiarization Workshop was organized by the Government of Haiti, UNCTAD and the Executive Secretariat for the EIF bringing together key stakeholders to discuss the linkages between trade, poverty reduction and wealth creation, and how the EIF could help Haiti to make trade a motor for inclusive growth.

Outlook

The EIF continues to support Haiti in mainstreaming DTIS priorities into the Government development plans and into the donor dialogue to facilitate resource mobilization to fund priority AfT projects. Focus is also placed on supporting trade and related sector strategies development and 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 implementationN/AYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesN/AYes
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/ANo
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/ANo
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanismN/A2
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/ANo
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/A4
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesN/ANo
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)N/ANo
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/AYes
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
23/12/2010
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
15/10/2010
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
49,995
MOU Approval Date
03/11/2010
MOU Expiry Date
30/11/2012
Phase
Completed

DTIS

Starting date / End date
18/08/2011
Approved Budget
294,641
Board Approval Date
11/08/2011
Disbursement
294,641
Expenditure Reported
294,641
MOU Approval Date
18/08/2011
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2013
Phase
Completed

NIA Support - Phase 1

Starting date / End date
24/01/2013
Approved Budget
900,000
Board Approval Date
17/12/2012
Disbursement
875,000
Expenditure Reported
753,243
MOU Approval Date
28/12/2012
MOU Expiry Date
31/03/2017
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

Mr. Ghisler DUGASE
Directeur Général
Ministère du Commerce et de l'Industrie
Parc Industriel Metroplitain (SONAPI), Bld Toussaint Louverture,
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: +509 34626752 or +509 4890149

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Henri Robert SEVERE
Cellule du Cadre Intégré Renforcé, Coordonnateur
Ministère du Commerce et de l'Industrie
Parc Industriel Metroplitain (SONAPI), Bld Toussaint Louverture,
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: +509 2230 6615

EIF NIU Team

M. Madsen GACHETTE
Cellule du CIR, Chargé du Secteur Privé
Ministère du Commerce et de l'Industrie
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: 509-3867-3737 / 3463-4779 /3833-1962

Donor Facilitator

M. Evans JADOTTE
The World Bank
, Haiti
Tel: +509 3798 - 0817/0972

Other

Mr. Sébastien COCARD
Commerce, sercteur privé, coopération binationale
European Union
4 impasse Oriol, Morne Calvaire, BP 15588
Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Tel: +509 2949 4949
Haiti DTIS 2013
Haiti Annual Progress Report 2013
Country Case Studies - EIF TFM Review
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)
Making Trade Work (Better) for Africa and LDCs: How to ensure that Trade is Inclusive and Pro-Poor
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
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