Kiribati joined the Integrated Framework (IF) in May 2008. Subsequently, Kiribati started preparations for a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) in July 2008 with UNDP as the Main Implementing Entity (MIE) and with support from the EIF. In December 2009, capacity development activities were funded under Window I support from the IF Trust Fund, and as a result, a National Implementation Unit (NIU) was set up. Kiribati's DTIS was validated in December 2010.
Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)
Kiribati's multi-year 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' project was approved by the EIF Board in June 2015. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of institutions and stakeholders in Kiribati to formulate and implement trade policies that support poverty reduction, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development. The project supports the operations and activities of the Business Promotion Center at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives (MCIC), which is the lead agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of trade policies in Kiribati. The project will also help improve donor coordination and promote Aid for Trade (AfT) delivery.
Main progresses to date
With support from UNDP and the EIF, Kiribati's multi-year support to NIAs project was approved to help support trade mainstreaming, DTIS implementation and donor coordination for Kiribati's AfT strategy. A National Working Group on Trade Policy (NWGTP) will be set up as part of the project, to execute the EIF National Steering Committee (NSC) functions, which have so far been undertaken by the Trade Policy Advisory Committee (TPAC). The TPAC was established by the Government to oversee trade negotiations. The TPAC is mostly composed of Government ministries/agencies working on trade negotiations and meets on an ad hoc basis.
The NWGTP includes stakeholders from the public and private sectors and civil society, including: the Kiribati Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Kiribati National Women's Non-Government Organization; the MCIC; the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development; the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource Development; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development; the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development; and the Ministry of Communication, Transport and Tourism Development. For sustainability, the NWGTP will have a mandate beyond the EIF, with the flexibility to include the EIF Donor Facilitator when convening on EIF specific issues.
Kiribati is working to put in place institutional structures such as the NWGTP to better manage its AfT coordination and delivery.
|Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans|
|O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementation||N/A||N/A|
|O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action Matrices||N/A||N/A|
|O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project||N/A||N/A|
|O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategies||N/A||N/A|
|O1.5 Country with quality trade strategy||N/A||N/A|
|O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implemented||N/A||N/A|
|Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans|
|O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategies||N/A||N/A|
|O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimension||N/A||N/A|
|O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism||N/A||N/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|
|O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)||N/A||N/A|
|O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters||N/A||N/A|
|O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF Countries||N/A||N/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/A||N/A|
|Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities|
|O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODA||N/A||N/A|
|O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategy||N/A||N/A|
|O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix||N/A||N/A|
|O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)||N/A||N/A|