WTO accession
23 July 1995
Population
5,997,486
Per capita growth rate (%)
3.4
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
143
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
0.685
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
479
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
1.97
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Sierra Leone joined the Integrated Framework (IF) in 2005 and undertook a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) which was validated in October 2006 and endorsed by Cabinet in November 2006. The DTIS provided inputs to the formulation of the second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP II).

 

Sierra Leone benefited from two IF Trust Fund Window II projects in the areas of trade information and tourism. These projects supported the development of the tourism sector.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Under the EIF, Sierra Leone's Tier 1 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' project was approved by the EIF Board in July 2009 and has since been under implementation. The project aimed at strengthening the in‐country arrangements of the EIF to increase Sierra Leone’s ownership of trade-related technical assistance (TRTA) and to maximize the benefits that the country could derive from participation in the EIF.

Sierra Leone's Tier 1 project has been extended into phase 2 with approval from the EIF Board in July 2013, after a satisfactory Tier 1 Mid-term evaluation. The Tier 1 phase 2 project (August 2013 to July 2015) will build on and pursue the efforts launched under the Tier 1 phase 1 in enhancing in-country capacity to formulate and implement trade-related policies and development strategies geared towards promoting Sierra Leone's competitiveness in the global market.

Sierra Leone’s 'Sustainable Tourism Development and Promotion' Tier 2 project was approved by the EIF Board in January 2012. The project aims to create an enabling environment for a sustainable growth of the tourism sector, thereby rebranding the image of the country, creating jobs, conserving the environment and reducing poverty. This will be done through the formulation of an Ecotourism Policy and Action Plan and an amendment to the Tourism Act 1990; the improvement of tourism products through the development of targeted ecotourism sites; and the promotion of marketing initiatives that support ecotourism in Sierra Leone and enhancing the capacity of selected institutions in the tourism sector.

Main progresses to date

Tier 1 project

Sierra Leone's DTIS Update (DTISU) approved by the EIF Board in March 2012 was undertaken by the World Bank as the Main Implementing Entity and validated in November 2013. The 2013 DTISU was focused on reviewing the status of implementation of the 2006 DTIS Action Matrix recommendations, conducting detailed analytical studies on the potential and constraints of four priority sectors: Fisheries; Tourism; Agriculture; and the Trade sub-sectors, as well as developing a new Action Matrix.

The DTISU is fully aligned with the country’s vision, Agenda for Prosperity. Moreover, the DTISU provided inputs into the preparation of the PRSP III under the pillars of Diversified Economic Growth and International Competitiveness. These pillars focus on supportive business environment, good institutional framework, adequate infrastructure, access to credit, marketing and export support, research, economic hubs/special economic zones, and availability of skilled labour in strategic sectors such as agriculture (small and large-scale, subsistence and cash crop), fisheries, manufacturing, and tourism. The NIU has also provided support in drafting these pillars.

Apart from pillars 1 and 4, other pillars of PRSP III that address the productive sectors have also reflected trade issues in their strategies, for instance, the Tourism Strategic Plan and the National Sustainable Agriculture Development Plan.

A coordination framework to support the implementation of the DTISU Action Matrix has been developed and validated by Cabinet. Moreover, on the basis of DTISU results, a costed Medium Term Programme (MTP) is being developed to support the implementation of the DTISU Action Matrix. The MTP will serve as a means of Government donor consultations, while the Trade Sector Working Group provides a platform for Government‑donor coordination on trade issues related to the PRPS III.

An AfT donor matrix/database has been created and regularly updated by the NIU as a means to provide an overview of ongoing AfT projects in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, an up-to-date and comprehensive National Trade Strategy has been under development. The National Trade Policy and the National Export Strategy are also under implementation with an M&E framework.

Technical support from the NIU to the MTI has included the drafting of policy documents, notably on consumer protection, competition policy, national quality policy, industrial policy and trade‑related chapters in the PRSP III. Technical support was also given to the MTI's participation in regional economic integration, including the negotiation of an Economic Partnership Agreement and the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalization Scheme, for which the NIU serves as the focal point.

The public-private sector consultative mechanism in Sierra Leone is carried out mainly through the Sierra Leone Business Forum (SLBF). The NIU in collaboration with SLBF under the Private Sector Development Programme has proposed to support the establishment of a public-private dialogue by SLBF on a quarterly basis. Moreover, the public-private consultative mechanism is also included in the Coordination Framework governing the implementation of the DTISU Action Matrix.

The NIU also participates in the existing public-private consultative mechanism that exists in the cocoa sector. The Cocoa Sector Working Group provides a platform for government-donor consultation and has been expanded to look at other issues including coffee and cashew.

In addition to providing support to the ecotourism project, the NIU also supports the Private Sector Development Programme implemented by MTI and the African Development Bank.

The NIU has received training from the EIF organized M&E and Communications Regional Workshop for African Anglophone countries held in Zambia in April 2013.

Outreach

The NIU has developed a communications work plan to enhance delivery while focusing efforts to date on the sensitization of stakeholders related to project areas on eco-tourism and standards. The Sierra Leone Trading Stories film chapter has also been used to further sensitize stakeholders and was screened at the DTISU launch. There are plans to give it wider coverage, including using it to promote tourism, building on earlier efforts made to date.

               

Tier 2 project

Sierra Leone's Tier 2 project supporting eco-tourism is being implemented by the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone (NTB) and monitored by the NIU. The NIU, in collaboration with the NTB, has organized sensitization activities for stakeholders to promote the Tier 2 activities and the EIF programme. The progress made on the Tier 2 project includes:

  • Training workshops have been conducted at five targeted ecotourism sites in March 2013 to raise awareness and provide guidance on Small Grant Programme (SGP) proposals.
  • Several marketing activities have been undertaken, including production and printing of Tourism Directory  2013/14; the upgrading of the NTB website;  furnishing of the Tourist Information Office at the Lungi International Airport; participation in two major international Tourism Fairs; organization of familiarization visits of Tour Operators and Travel Journalists etc.,
  • The rehabilitation plan for the Hotel and Tourism Training Center (HTTC) has been developed.
  • Preparations are under way for the Tier 2 mid-term evaluation.

Outlook

The NIU is working to finalize the Tier 2 project proposal on standards, 'Strengthening the Sierra Leone Quality Infrastructure to Support Industrial Development and Trade'.

Work is also under way to finalize the MTP and the National Trade Strategy. Preparations are also ongoing for the ecotourism Tier 2 project's mid-term evaluation.

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 implementationYesYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesYesYes
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project32
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesNoNo
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 strategies32
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionYesYes
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism11
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)NoNo
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters34
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesNoNo
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)NoYes
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/A4
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyNoNo
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix716
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)1461037.7

Working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the National Tourism Board, the Integrated Framework programme (IF) helped to develop and roll out a long-term strategic tourism development plan and a marketing programme to improve the image of Sierra Leone. This included the establishment of a Tourist Information Desk at Lungi International Airport, the production of a 30 minute Tourism Documentary and marketing Toolkit, with a Visitors Guide to Sierra Leone, posters, brochures and banners highlighting Sierra Leone’s tourism products and a Tourist Map of Sierra Leone, Freetown and the Peninsula.

The IF project also contributed to enhancing and improving the Tour Guide capacity, with 64 tourist guides trained and a Tour Guide Association established. Two hundred front desk personnel in hotels and restaurants were trained in Freetown and Makeni on customer care, communication, tourism code of ethics and handling customer relations. This training improved service delivery in hotels and restaurants in the Western Urban Area and the Northern Province.

Partnering up with local communities, informal sector together with private and public sector, the EIF has been building on earlier results in tourism, supporting Sierra Leone to take bold steps to rebrand the country's image while addressing environmental degradation through an eco-tourism community benefitting model. The EIF Tier 2 project is developing five eco-tourism sites, while protecting and preserving natural flora and fauna, and adding value to tourist sites in rural areas through research, training and innovations. The eco-tourism community benefitting model that respects the environment has been set up to spread out the benefits from the tourist sites to the five local communities.

DTIS Update

Starting date / End date
12/04/2012
Approved Budget
199,661
Board Approval Date
01/07/2009
Disbursement
199,661
Expenditure Reported
199,661
MOU Approval Date
12/04/2012
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2014
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
29/07/2009
Approved Budget
1,408,859
Board Approval Date
01/07/2009
Disbursement
1,408,860
Expenditure Reported
1,329,197
MOU Approval Date
27/07/2009
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2015
Phase
Implementation

Sustainable Tourism Development and Promotion Project

Starting date / End date
23/05/2012
Approved Budget
2,990,000
Board Approval Date
27/01/2012
Disbursement
1,234,543
Expenditure Reported
798,488
MOU Approval Date
21/05/2012
MOU Expiry Date
20/09/2015
Phase
Implementation
Posted: 11/02/2014

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Year 2013

Focal Point

Mr. Sanah J. MARA
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Trade and Industry
6th Floor, Youyi Building
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 76 40 80 82

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Abdul KAMARA
Ministry of Trade and Industry
6th Floor, Youyi Building
Freetown,, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 76 962 680

EIF NIU Team

Mr. Edison BORBOR
Policy, Planning and Research Department, Advisor
Ministry of Trade and Industry
6th Floor, Youyi Building
Freetown,, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 76 566 569
Ms. Grace J. MACAULEY
Programme Assistant
Ministry of Trade and Industry
6th Floor, Youyi Building
Freetown,, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 76 535 290

Donor Facilitator

Mr. Richard ROSE
Department for International Development-DFID
5 off Spur Road, Wilberforce,
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 22 233 620 Ext 4452

WB Contact

Mr. Cyrus TALATI
Senior Economist
The World Bank
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-, Sierra Leone
Tel: +1 202 458 7375
Ms. Gozde ISIK
Trade Economist (only for DTIS)
The World Bank
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-, Sierra Leone
Tel: +1 202 473 9842

UNDP Contact

Mr. Benjamin MATURU
Country Office, Economic Development Unit, Economic Advisor
UNDP
76 Wilkinson Road, P.O. Box 1011
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 22 233 111 Ext. 1104
Mr. Mukerjee SUDIPTO
Country Office, Country Director
UNDP
55 Wilkinson Road, P.O. Box 1011
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 78 950 000
Sierra Leone Annual Progress Report 2013
Sierra Leone Agenda for Prosperity 2013-2018
Sierra Leone Trading Stories
Trading towards Prosperity: Sierra Leone Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update 2013
Trading Stories
Sierra Leone Trade Profile by DFID
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)
Sierra Leone Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2006
Sierra Leone Action Matrix 2006
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
WTO General Council discusses EIF Implementation as part of the WTO Bali and Nairobi Ministerial outcomes
WTO General Council discusses EIF Implementation as part of the WTO Bali and Nairobi Ministerial outcomes
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