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.
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.