WTO accession
17 November 1995
Population
21,315,135
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Madagascar was one of the three pilot countries selected in 2001 for the implementation of the Integrated Framework (IF) pilot projects. In this context, a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) was conducted and finalized in July 2003. On 17 July 2003, the DTIS and its Action Matrix were adopted during a national validation workshop.

 

Madagascar's DTIS recommendations were included into its 2003 Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), as well as many of the DTIS priorities incorporated in the Madagascar Action Plan (MAP) under activities related to rural development and high economic growth pillars.

 

Madagascar also received support through two IF Window II projects, the first on "Enhancement of trade capacity" and the second on "Export development support". These projects were completed in 2007 and were successful in building the capacity of Government officials on trade and development issues, including on WTO negotiations.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Under the EIF, Madagascar is undertaking an update of its 2003 DTIS with the World Bank; the DTIS Update (DTISU) was approved in July 2013.

To build capacity of trade institutions in Madagascar for a successful EIF implementation, as well as to facilitate the work on the DTISU and the planned 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' Tier 1 project proposal, a Pre-DTIS project was approved in June 2014.

The Pre-DTIS project serves to strengthen country ownership for the EIF process and the DTISU and will be used to formulate a multi-year project to strengthen institutional capacity in Madagascar to manage and drive the Aid for Trade agenda.

Main progresses to date

In May 2014, the Prime Minister of Madagascar, H.E. Mr Christophe Roger Kolo, signaled Madagascar's readiness to make use of the EIF as a platform to achieve Madagascar's economic objectives and to reduce poverty. With strong commitment in moving forward, Madagascar's Pre-DTIS project was approved in June 2014.

In 2012, the EIF operations were resumed after a period of political instability since early 2009. To reengage EIF operations as well to consult and engage stakeholders on trade priorities, with their views feeding into the DITSU process, an EIF Familiarization workshop was organized in June 2012.

The EIF Familiarization workshop jointly organized by UNDP and the Government of Madagascar served to sensitize Government officials, stakeholders from private sector and civil society and development partners on the EIF process with a view to effective implementation. During the workshop, it was agreed that Madagascar should benefit from a Pre-DTIS project before submitting a proposal for a multi-year project in support of the NIAs.

Outlook

Work is under way with the Work Bank to update Madagascar's DTIS.

Madagascar is starting work to develop a multi-year Tier 1 support to NIAs project. This project is expected to build capacity at the Ministry of Trade with the aim to contribute to the mainstreaming of trade priorities in the national development plan or PRSP, as well as to create national structures to seek, obtain and manage AfT resources.

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/AN/A
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesN/AN/A
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/AN/A
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesN/AN/A
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/AN/A
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanismN/AN/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
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)N/AN/A
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/AN/A
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesN/AN/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/AN/A
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/AN/A
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

DTIS Update

Starting date / End date
06/08/2013
Approved Budget
224,422
Board Approval Date
23/07/2013
Disbursement
224,422
Expenditure Reported
224,422
MOU Approval Date
06/08/2013
MOU Expiry Date
30/11/2015
Phase
Completed

Pre-DTIS

Starting date / End date
08/08/2014
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
17/06/2014
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
47,117
MOU Approval Date
25/07/2014
MOU Expiry Date
30/09/2015
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1-Ph1)

Starting date / End date
16/12/2016
Approved Budget
300,000
Board Approval Date
07/11/2016
Disbursement
150,000
Expenditure Reported
0
MOU Approval Date
29/11/2016
MOU Expiry Date
29/11/2019
Phase
Implementation
Posted: 22/05/2014

Madagascar Prime Minister asks EIF to boost Madagascar's trading future

22 May 2014

In a meeting held today at the World Trade Organization (WTO), H.E. Mr Christophe Roger Kolo, Prime Minister, signalled Madagascar's readiness to re-engage with the multilateral trading system with support from the WTO, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and development partners.

"We have gone through a difficult time in Madagascar, but the situation is now settled," H. E. Mr Kolo said. "We are now ready to show that we are committed to good governance and are working to improve the business environment, engaging with various stakeholders, including the private sector, to contribute to trade and development, while drawing on lessons learned from the past."

The Prime Minister emphasized the country's strong commitment to trade was as an engine for growth and a tool to foster development. He noted that the EIF process in Madagascar had been reignited with the pre-Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (pre-DTIS) project and with the DTIS Update process currently underway. "We are aware that the EIF is an important programme, from which we have high expectations. In Madagascar, we have many priorities, and we aim to use the EIF as a platform to achieve economic objectives and to reduce poverty." The Prime Minister added that "one of our priorities is to boost the exports of agricultural products, such as vanilla".

The WTO Deputy Director-General, Mr Yonov Frederick Agah, on behalf of the WTO Director General, expressed the WTO's commitment to help Madagascar to fully integrate into the multilateral trading system. Mr Agah noted the benefits that Madagascar stood to receive at the multilateral level, including from the operationalization of the Services Waiver and from the Trade Facilitation Agreement, as a Least Developed Country following the WTO Ministerial Conference Decisions in Bali. 

"For our engagement with Madagascar, we look forward to the next Trade Policy Review in 2015 and Madagascar's participation in the Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade. And in addition to the EIF support, and at Madagascar's request, support can be given from the WTO's Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation Division," Mr Agah said.

In the EIF, Madagascar was one of the pilot countries selected in 2001 for the earlier Integrated Framework programme and had its DTIS conducted and validated in July 2003. Part of the ongoing EIF work in Madagascar now involves a pre-DTIS project and discussions to kick-start a DTIS Update project. Drawing on this, the Executive Director for the Executive Secretariat of the EIF, Dr Ratnakar Adhikari, commended efforts made by the Government of Madagascar to put in place policies for a good business environment as a prerequisite for trade expansion.

"We stand ready to support Madagascar to integrate itself into the global and regional economy. Through our work, we have seen first-hand results of trade's important role in poverty reduction and economic development, for example in Mali," Dr Adhikari said. "In Mali, we have supported trade mainstreaming, and as a result, the Government has committed budgetary resources to support trade. We have also provided support to the mango value chain process, resulting in enhanced exports of mangoes to the European markets by women-led cooperatives. This has not only led to poverty reduction but also to women empowerment and gender equality." He concluded that EIF support can also be made available to Madagascar not only for identifying its trade related priorities but also to set up the institutional structures required for seeking, obtaining and managing trade related technical assistance.

H.E. Ms Annick Andriamampianina, Madagascar's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO, pledged that the Madagascar Mission in Geneva would follow up with the implementation of the EIF programme in Madagascar. She also noted the positive collaboration with the WTO in supporting Madagascar in undertaking trade-related technical assistance.

Also in attendance, Mr Shishir Priyadarshi, Director of the Development Division, WTO, remarked that the WTO was ready to help Madagascar's participation in the LDC Group and in the African Group of the WTO. He said that Madagascar should use the EIF programme through its Tier 1 and Tier 2 funds "as a stepping stone, a trigger and a catalyst to gain wider Aid-for-Trade resources".

In concluding the meeting, H.E. Mr Yonov Frederick Agah gave the Prime Minister reassurance of the EIF's commitment in Madagascar. He noted that "if the EIF can do that [delivering results] for the mango sector in Mali, they can do the same for the vanilla sector in Madagascar".

Notes to editors:  

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a global partnership between Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Donors and International Organisations that support LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. In this way, the EIF works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty.  

The programme is currently working with 46 LDCs worldwide and three recently graduated countries, supported by a multi-donor trust fund, the EIF Trust Fund, with contributions from 23 donors. A high-level pledging event in 2007 set a funding target of US$250 million over five years – and both additional and on-going contributions are being sought. The purpose of the EIF is to: mainstream trade into national development strategies; set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance; and to build capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.

For further information, please contact: eif.secretariat@wto.org. and www.enhancedif.org.    

Focal Point

Mme. Henriette RASOAMAMPIONONA
Commerce Extérieur, Directeur Général du Commerce Extérieur
Ministère du Commerce et de la Consommation
, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 05 513 93

Alternative Focal Point

M. Leonnel LEONNEL
Directeur Général du Commerce Extérieur
Ministère du Commerce
Ambohidahy/Antananarivo
Antanarivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 05 513 20

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Moïse André RANDRIANARIMANANA
NIU, Coordonnateur National
Ministère de l'Economie, du Plan, du Secteur Privé et du Commerce
B.P. 527, 2 Etage, Porte A.24 Immeuble ARO Ampefiloha I
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 33 11 466 88 +261 20 22 310 16 ou +261 20 22 379 41

EIF NIU Team

M. Henri Michel TSIMISANDA
Consultant du Développement
Ministère de l'Economie, du Plan, du Secteur Privé et du Commerce
B.P. 527, 2 Etage, Porte A.24 Immeuble ARO Ampefiloha I
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tel: -
Ms. Riana RASAMIMANANTSOA
Expert National du Cadre Intégré
Ministère de l'Economie, du Plan, du Secteur Privé et du Commerce
.
Antanarivo, Madagascar
Tel: -
Mr. Rasamoel JEAN JACQUES
Secretaire General
Ministère de Commerce et de la Consommation
, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 05 579 52
Mr. Tazafy ARMAND
-, -
Ministère du Commerce et de la Consommation
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 34 08 698 18

Donor Facilitator

Ms. Noro Aina ANDRIAMIHAJA
The World Bank
B.P. 4140
Antanarivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 20 22 560 11

WB Contact

Ms. Keiko KUBOTA
Lead Economist
The World Bank
-
Antanararivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 20 225 6000
Mr. Mombert HOPPE
Trade Economist (only for DTIS)
The World Bank
-
-, Madagascar
Tel: +1 202 473 3178

UNDP Contact

Mme. Hasina RAMARSON
Programme  Officer
UNDP
Antanarivo, Madagascar
Tel: +261 20 23 300 92/93
Madagascar Annual Progress Report 2013
Implementation of the Madagascar Action Plan
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2007 - 2012
Madagascar Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) - EDIC 2003
Madagascar Action Matrix 2003
Window II Project Brief (French)
Madagascar Prime Minister asks EIF to boost Madagascar's trading future
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