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.