- DTIS update
- WTO accession
With the support of local partners and development agencies, the EIF has supported Sierra Leone in identifying and prioritizing their national competitiveness to meet growth objectives in a sustainable and inclusive manner. Detailed analytical studies identified the potential and constraint of four priority sectors: fisheries; tourism; agriculture; and the trade sub-sectors. As a result, the EIF is providing targeted support in the agricultural industry with the overall objective of creating an enabling environment for sustainable growth of the tourism sector, thereby rebranding the image of the country, creating jobs, conserving the environment and reducing poverty.
Institutional capacity-building project
- End date
The project aims at strengthening the in-country arrangements of the EIF to increase Sierra Leone's ownership of trade‑related assistance and to maximize the benefits that the country could derive from participation in the EIF.
- The Government of Sierra Leone established the Presidential initiative on post‑Ebola recovery and transition, a 6 to 9‑month delivery initiative focusing on the thematic areas of health, education, social protection and private sector development. The EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) is providing technical expertise for the private sector development initiative by ensuring that priorities identified in the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update (DTISU) are reflected, including access to finance, improving the business climate, and capacity building for small businesses.
- The NIU is working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry in developing the 10 to 24‑month post‑Ebola recovery and transition initiative.
- The establishment of the private sector development working group and the EIF National Steering Committee for the post‑Ebola recovery have rekindled the coordination of trade‑related resources and delivery.
- The NIU is working with a consortium of NGOs, DFID and the Ministry of Trade to help petty traders to access finance.
- The NIU has established strong collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security to ensure synergies.
- As the post‑Ebola issues are addressed, some development partners have expressed interest in addressing some of the issues that are reflected in the DTISU.
Trade Development/Sector Support: Sustainable Tourism Development and Promotion Project
- End date
The overall objective of the Sustainable Tourism Development and Promotion Project is to create an enabling environment for sustainable growth of the tourism sector, thereby rebranding the image of the country, creating jobs, conserving the environment and reducing poverty.
- An Ecotourism Policy and Action Plan was formulated by the company Planning Green Futures. It was validated by stakeholders in July 2015 and approved by the Cabinet in September 2015.
- The review of the Tourism Development Act 1990 was put on hold pending the formulation of the National Tourist Policy, which was developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in 2015. The review of the Tourism Development Act will now be included in the reformulated project proposal.
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESHIA) were carried out and management plans were developed for the five ecotourism sites. Public disclosure was conducted in a participatory manner in July 2015 involving presentations, discussions, brainstorming, dialogues and practical inputs into the ESHIA and Ecotourism documents. The beneficiaries included representatives from the community, district council, the private sector and other Ministries, as well as women and youth.
- All the five targeted communities have completed their proposals and submitted to the National Tourist Board (NTB) for onward appraisal by the Small Grant Programme Appraisal Committee.
- Preliminary field investigations and a study report on the refurbishment of the Hotel and Tourism Training Collegebuildings was carried out in August 2015.
- The NTB/Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the private sector, hosted a Press Conference during ITB Berlin in March 2015. This was the first step to reviving Sierra Leone as a tourist destination after the Ebola outbreak.
Aide-Mémoire post-DTIS validation stepsEnglish
Aide-Mémoire Main MissionEnglish
Aide-Mémoire Preparatory MissionEnglish
Sierra Leone Action Matrix 2006English
Sierra Leone Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2006English
Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)English
Sierra Leone Trade Profile by DFIDEnglish
2013 EIF CalendarEnglish French Portugese
Trading towards Prosperity: Sierra Leone Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Update 2013English
Sierra Leone Trading StoriesEnglish
Sierra Leone Agenda for Prosperity 2013-2018English
Sierra Leone Annual Progress Report 2013English
Sierra Leone DTISU 2013
Abdul R.M. FOFANAH
Sr. Permanent Secretary EIF Focal Point Ministry of Trade and Industry Freetown
Deputy Director Programe Management Directorate Ministry of Trade and Industry Freetown
Director Programe Management Directorate Ministry of Trade and Industry Freetown
Donor Facilitator, Department for International Development (DFID), UK