As part of the NIAs, the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) has been fully staffed and is operational. The National Steering Committee (NSC) has been re-activated. A working group on Aid for Trade (AfT) was established and has held several meetings since 2012 to coordinate AfT and development assistance. The working group forms part of the Consultative Committee with Technical and Financial Partners (Comité de Concertation avec les Partenaires Techniques et Financiers – CCPTF).
The DTIS Update (DTISU) approved by the EIF Board in July 2012, was undertaken with the support from UNCTAD. The DTISU was finalized and validated in 2013. It has been used by the Government to focus on national competitiveness to meet its growth objectives. The DTISU has provided inputs to develop the trade component in the National Strategy on Economic and Social Development (Stratégie Nationale de Développement Economique et Social – SNDES) for 2013-2017. The SNDES 2013-2017 serves as the National Development Plan.
Moreover, the DTISU has also provided recommendations to promote trade in potential sectors and sub‑sectors such as horticulture, cotton, groundnuts, rice, onions, maize, milk products, tomatoes, potatoes, fisheries and tourism. This complements the 2005 PRSP (la Stratégie de Croissance Accélérée - SCA), which sets out strategic measures to enhance the country's competitiveness in sectors such as fisheries; agriculture and agro-business; textile; tourism and crafts; and information technology and communications.
Trade has been mainstreamed into the 2011-2015 Economic and Social Development Policy (Document de Politique Economique et Sociale - DPES) as a sub-sector. The DPES was revised in 2012 and became the SNDES 2013-2017. The SNDES provides sectorial development plans, including trade as a sub-sector and public investments. This also serves as a platform for resource mobilization and partnership with different stakeholders.
Furthermore, the trade dimension has been integrated in the fishery sector strategy.
A Mid-term Sectoral Expenditure Plan for the Ministry of Trade (Cadre de dépenses sectoriel à moyen terme – CDSMT) has been formulated and validated with support from the NIU. The plan serves as a planning instrument for trade‑related programmes and provides necessary resources for implementation, e.g., for the Trade Sector Policy 2012-2014 (Lettre de Politique Sectorielle – LPS). The LPS sets out four strategic directions: improving market access; enhancing regional integration (West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union; developing export oriented productive capacity for export; and promoting competition and improving distribution network nationwide.
The public-private dialogue has been ongoing through the NSC structure: the National Council for Consumption (Conseil National de la Consommation) on issues related to domestic trade; and the National Committee for International Trade Negotiations (Comité National des Négociations Commerciales Internationales) on issues related to international trade.
The NIU has focused on developing Tier 2 project proposals to submit to different donors and has supported the formulation of sector policies. The NIU has also organized various studies and trainings on trade-related issues. In 2013, four Tier 2 project proposals were finalized and submitted to the Government and relevant Development Partners for funding. One Tier 2 project proposal on mango sector competitiveness has been developed for EIF funding.
The four Tier 2 project proposals developed include: competitive supply of bananas in the Tambacounda region; processing and commercialization of fruit-based products for women groups in Basse-Casamance; improvement of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) for fruits and vegetables; management of SPS regulations for horticulture produces.
With the support of the NIU, an STDF-funded project for 17,500 members of the l’Association de l’Union des Maraichers des Niayes du Sénégal (AUMN) was approved to improve SPS standards and the quality of cabbage in order to gain access to national and regional markets.
As part of the trade mainstreaming agenda, the NIU has been working jointly with UNCTAD to implement a project funded by the Development Account (Project M) in support of the integration of the DTISU Action Matrix into the SNDES.
The NIU team has benefitted from an EIF organized Gender, M&E and Communications regional francophone workshop in Togo in March 2014. In 2012, a project development module was rolled out in a training workshop in Senegal, and relevant Ministries and stakeholders have since benefitted from training workshops on project formulation and results‑based management.
To promote trade outreach, Senegal has launched a website on AfT delivery, available at http://www.atlc.sn./.