Niger applied to join the Integrated Framework (IF) in 2003, and work commenced on the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) elaborated with the World Bank in 2006, which was validated in December 2008. In 2007, Niger prepared a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), Accelerated Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (ADPRS), covering 2008-2012. The Paper indicated that the DTIS would facilitate the preparation of a sectorial trade development programme, accompanied by an action plan and a medium-term sectorial expenditure framework.
Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)
Under the EIF, the 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' project has been under implementation since May 2011, having been approved by the EIF Board in January 2011. The project aims to reinforce the institutional implementation by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Promotion of Young Entrepreneurs (MTIPYE) as well as coordinate the DTIS Action Matrix implementation. Furthermore, the project also aims to develop capacities for formulation and integration of trade-related policies into the national development programmes and to facilitate regional and international integration of trade.
Niger's Tier 2 project on hides and skins was approved by the EIF Board in August 2013. The project is aimed at improving the competitiveness of the hides and skins sector by reinforcing and strengthening the capacity of all actors involved in the hides and skins value chain through interventions across Niger's eight regions. The project also envisages the refurbishment of the Leather Crafts Centre in Niamey in order to become the national training centre (and equally for the region).
In January 2014, the EIF Board approved the project to update Niger's DTIS. The DTIS Update (DTISU) undertaken by UNCTAD as the Main Implementing Entity seeks to update the 2008 DTIS in order to promote Niger's integration into sub regional, regional and international trade to enhance economic and social development, taking into account developments in the nine focus areas of the DTIS.
Main progresses to date
Tier 1 project
The EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) staff have been recruited and work is ongoing to mainstream trade into national development plans and to support private sector development programmes. A Tier 1 training plan was finalized and adopted in September 2013.
Trade has been effectively mainstreamed into Niger's Plan for Economic and Social Development (PESD – Plan de Développement Economique et Social) for 2012-2015 and into the overarching Strategy for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth (SSDIG – Stratégie de Développement Durable et de Croissance Inclusive (Niger/2035)).
The EIF Medium Term Programme is related to the PDES and it was developed in collaboration with all stakeholders and development partners. Niger is also formulating a National Trade Policy (NTP) which will lay out strategies and an action plan supportive of a good business environment.
Moreover, trade has also been incorporated into tourism, agriculture and mining strategies as well as in the Livestock sectoral strategy (Stratégie de dévelopement durable de l’élevage) adopted in 2013. Part of the 2008 DTIS Action Matrix priorities were also incorporated in the PDES.
Niger's Tier 1 mid-term evaluation was carried out by an independent consultant and was found to be satisfactory in achieving results. Recommendations were provided to feed into the design of the next Tier 1 second phase and to guide project implementation.
In support of private sector initiatives, the first Economic Niger-Turkey Forum took place in January 2013, where a partnership convention between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts and the Turkish Private Sector Association was signed. In June 2013, the Fonds de Solidarité Africain (African Solidarity Fund) meeting was held in Niamey.
The European Union, the EIF Donor Facilitator, has also supported the MTIPYE in the promotion of the private sector with a capacity building project.
A Roundtable was organized in November 2012 around the PESD 2012-2015 and Niger has successfully mobilized some resources needed to support the development plan.
Tier 2 project
Niger’s hides and skins project aims to increase the contribution and competitiveness of the hides and skins sector to economic and social development in order to reduce poverty. It aims to build the capacity of actors participating in the leather value chain.
The 2008 DTIS highlights the hides and skins sector, a livestock sub sector, as an important export earnings contributor to the economy in second place to uranium, Niger's main export. Moreover, the Tier 2 project is linked to improvements in the Niger livestock sector and broader aims of addressing food security concerns and enhanced economic performance through greater domestic and export performance.
Niger is working on its Tier 1 Phase 2 extension proposal in order to continue implementing its Tier 1 project objectives.
Niger is also formulating a NTP and working on a second Tier 2 project proposal on small scale mining.
|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||No||Yes|
|O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action Matrices||Yes||No|
|O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project||N/A||3|
|O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategies||No||No|
|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||2||1|
|O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimension||Yes||Yes|
|O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism||2||1|
|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)||No||Yes|
|O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters||N/A||1|
|O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF Countries||No||Yes|
|O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)||No||No|
|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||1|
|O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategy||Yes||Yes|
|O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix||2||4|
|O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)||40||50|