WTO accession
26 July 1996
Population
552,267
Per capita growth rate (%)
4.7
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
106
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
0.791
Value of non-oil goods traded (in US$ million)
227
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
2.31
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Solomon Islands joined the IF in 2007 and undertook a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) which was validated in December 2009.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Under the EIF, the National Implementation Unit (NIU) has been established as a structure at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade. Solomon Islands' Tier 1 support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs) project is under implementation since January 2011, supporting the NIU to develop capacity in managing trade-related technical assistance (TRTA).

Main progresses to date

NIU staff skills are progressively enhanced through the provision of in-house training by the International Trade Advisor (ITA), and participation in the Regional EIF Workshop on Monitoring & Evaluation in Uganda in December 2011. The National Steering Committee (NSC) is also being strengthened to broaden its scope and to deal with all trade matters in addition to the EIF. Three committees are being created under the NSC, namely for trade policy, the EIF and trade facilitation.

Other progresses include the recruitment of staff and training, preparation consultations and the preparation of the Tier 1 Phase 1 project (Years 2 and 3), which was approved by the EIF Board on 8 October 2012 and is currently being implemented. A project preparatory grant of US$50,000 by STDF to hire a consultant for Tier 2 project preparation on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) was approved.  The NIU has prepared a Tier 2 project proposal on eco- tourism and comments have been provide by the EIF Executive Secretariat and the Trust Fund Manager

The Solomon Island has also been selected as an OPilot case Study on Aid for Trade by the OECD.

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 implementationNoYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesNoNo
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/A2
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 strategiesN/A3
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)NoYes
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/A4
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.)NoNo
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 Matrix11
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)00.34

DTIS Update

Approved Budget
0
Board Approval Date
26/08/2015
Disbursement
0
Expenditure Reported
0
MOU Approval Date
27/08/2015
MOU Expiry Date
30/09/2016
Phase
Implementation

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
24/01/2011
Approved Budget
1,200,000
Board Approval Date
21/12/2010
Disbursement
1,127,608
Expenditure Reported
1,056,738
MOU Approval Date
19/01/2011
MOU Expiry Date
30/09/2017
Phase
Implementation

Solomon Islands Tourism for Inclusive Development (SI-TIDE)

Starting date / End date
26/03/2014
Approved Budget
1,544,700
Board Approval Date
22/01/2014
Disbursement
1,250,000
Expenditure Reported
919,670
MOU Approval Date
17/03/2014
MOU Expiry Date
16/03/2017
Phase
Implementation
Posted: 27/10/2016

The EIF programme in Solomon Islands is not only helping to shape the country's brand identity as a distinct visitors' destination in the Pacific region, it is also re-energizing the Government's efforts to create sustainable development by encouraging women to participate in the tourism industry.

 

In Solomon Islands, women venturing into business face a daunting task in a culture where women are seen as inferior to their male counterparts. However, these invisible boundaries are gradually being eroded as women step forward and assume the challenge of starting and running their own businesses. The EIF has helped empower women entrepreneurs by providing four grants each of SBD 100,000 (approximately US$13,000) to innovative eco-tourism entrepreneurs, three of whom are women. These women are working with grassroots organizations engaged at both the low end of the tourism value chain (producing for hotels and airlines) and the high end (selling handicrafts to tourists).

 

Through community involvement and participation, these three women tourism operators (Dolphin View Beach Accommodation in Aruligo, North West Guadalcanal; Milkfish Bay Flash packers in Marau Sound, East Guadalcanal; and Isaisao Eco Lodge in Kia, Isabel province) have embarked on building eco-friendly bungalows to offer visitors a taste of what the islands offer. In order to preserve and protect the pristine environment, they have built the bungalows with local and sustainable materials.

 

Employment is being created for both men and women through village tours, water activities (including snorkelling and canoeing), which attract high-end visitors, complemented by cultural entertainment, bonfires and coconut tree climbing and coconut husking. Women are employed to work around the resorts and in catering and are being encouraged to do more farming to supply the resorts with organic food. Moreover, through the village tours and the set-up of the Touo Cultural Centre, opportunities have been created to preserve traditional knowledge, passing on cultural information to the younger generation while opening up the country's heritage, culture and identity to the world.

 

Through connecting places, people and products, this responsible tourism approach to attract high‑end visitors with quality tourism products has also meant focusing on improved service delivery and facilities. In addition to the grants, the local tourism operators and the women from around the communities have benefitted from hospitality and culinary training provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Through the project, the Tourism Institute hosted at the Solomon Islands University has also been awarded a grant of SDB 747,807 to help to train students to work in the hospitality industry as well as to review tourism courses offered at the Institute to ensure that training is aligned to the needs of the industry. The project has also facilitated the mapping of the whole tourism value chain and made it available online, for the very first time, as a marketing and research tool. This will assist in connecting sellers to consumers online, including women in rural areas.

 

Plans are under way to establish handicraft centres, which will enable community members, especially the weavers and wood carvers, who lack market places, to showcase their products for sale to visitors and the public. 

 

Offering and promoting unique experiences to high-end visitors, the tourism project seeks to help drive future inclusive economic growth and contribute to poverty reduction in Solomon Islands. Linkages to agriculture, fisheries and handicrafts have been emphasized in order to promote local value chains and provide a source of livelihood for women and youth, particularly in rural communities.

 

"This funding has not only benefited me but also benefited the women in my community who come and help me in the clean-up and doing other work around the resort." Mrs Emele Aike, Manager, Milkfish Bay Flash packers.

Posted: 29/09/2016

Geneva, 28 September 2016

 

A strong all-female panel engaged in lively discussions on how to enhance women's economic empowerment through trade and how to bring women's work from the margins to the mainstream in an event organized by the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) at the WTO Public Forum.

 

Opening the session and setting the stage for the discussions, Mr Ratnakar Adhikari, the Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the EIF, highlighted some of the many challenges that women face while trading and elaborated on the meaning of women's empowerment as reflected in the recently published Report of the UN Secretary-General's High‑Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment entitled "Leave No One behind: A call to action for gender equality and women's economic empowerment".

 

"Expanding women's economic opportunities is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For far too long, women have not been recognized as major economic actors," Mr Adhikari said, adding that "in most of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), they have been excluded from taking advantage of the vast economic opportunities, of seizing the chance to support themselves through work enterprises and from shaping and controlling their own future and having their own voice."

 

Taking over the session, the moderator, H.E. Mrs Yvette Stevens, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Geneva, also highlighted the challenges that women face in the LDCs and invited the panel to tackle and address the challenges and look into ways to accelerate progress and to mobilize the global community to expand women's economic opportunities. "Today, we will see how the EIF programme – a programme dedicated to building trade‑related capacity in all of the LDCs – is aiming at expanding women's economic opportunities in the LDCs in a bid to achieve inclusive trade," she said.

 

H.E. Ms Aya Thiam Diallo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mali in Geneva, made a presentation on behalf of Ms Coulibaly Aïssata Touré, a mango exporter and manager of the Société de Valorisation des Fruits (SOVAFY) and President of the Network of Women Economic Operators (RFOE) of Mali. H.E. Ms Diallo highlighted that women in West Africa were now active in the trade and processing sectors through support received from capacity building and training, which were vital elements for enhancing women's skills. "Through the support of the EIF programme, women in Cooperatives have been equipped with skills, processing mangoes into mango jam that is now exported to Europe and the United States of America," she said while displaying a pot of mango jam. "Now it is important to ensure that the results achieved will produce long-term lasting impact and that the revenue is being sustained. In this respect, public-private partnerships foster this principle," she concluded.

 

Mrs SENG Takakneary, the Founder of SentosaSilk and the President of the Cambodian Women Entrepreneurs Association, spoke on behalf of the 14 women-owned businesses supported by the EIF working with weavers in rural areas, of which 86% are women, to improve their technical and marketing skills. "Because of the project, SentoSaSilk expanded the number of contracted weavers from 9 in 2012 to 20 in 2015. Two weavers entered formal contracts to deliver exclusive designs to SentoSaSilk. The company plans to have formal contracts with more weavers to ensure consistent supplies, while providing more confidence to contracted weavers."

 

On the other hand, Ms Kuvien Para, a Co-owner and Manager of the Dolphin View Beach business in Solomon Islands and one of the three local female tourism operators receiving EIF support, highlighted how the grant had benefitted her community. "Tourism plays a vital role in the lives of the people of the Solomon Islands. With the support of the EIF, we could make improvements to our small facility, which prompted an increase in room occupancy at the Dolphin View Beach from only two to seven per week. This helps to employ more women in the resort as well as purchase more food crops from women engaged in subsistence farming," Ms Para said, also calling on additional support to improve marketing and investment opportunities of the tourism sector.

 

Representing Ms Louise Kayonga, Secretary of the Women's Cooperative Twagure Amarembo, Mr Edouard Bizumuremyi from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda in Geneva, highlighted the EIF support to the national cross-border trade strategy. "In Rwanda, gender equality is woven into the national trade and development vision of the country. However, some challenges persist, notably the harassment indulged in informal cross‑border trade, the lack of warehouses and the lack of business skills," he said.

 

On the development partners' side, H.E. Ms Terhi Hakala, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland in Geneva, highlighted how gender equality made economic sense, adding that the "EIF as a global partnership is uniquely placed to empower women in the poorest countries".

 

H.E. Ms Elsbeth Akkerman, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva, highlighted how gender equality helped to make countries more stable. Ms Susan Barton, Senior Trade Policy Adviser, Department for International Trade, United Kingdom, added that there was an incentive to empower women, since this led to growth and had been identified in different sectors of the analytical studies. However, she also noted the need for gender-disaggregated data.

 

On the International Partner Agencies side, Ms Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, said, "The EIF is good, because it is focused, it is effective and it is catalytic. Our projects funded through the EIF in Benin, Lesotho and Nepal help women to overcome specific constraints." Mr Paul Brenton, Lead Economist of the World Bank, highlighted how the World Bank had incorporated the gender component in the key analytical studies that they had undertaken, for instance in Mauritania and Zambia.

 

Summing up the discussions, Ambassador Stevens noted how the session had demonstrated the ways in which the EIF was supporting women's economic empowerment, in enhancing women's capacity to trade and creating equal opportunities, as well as by providing a level playing field for both men and women. "We have seen that women's economic empowerment is possible if governments take the lead by implementing gender-conducive policies to promote inclusive growth and women's economic empowerment, for instance in Rwanda. And that focusing on successful sectoral examples and good practice also provides a promising path to lift women out of poverty, such as the example of Mali," she said, adding that, "from the presentations, it is evident that the business sector can lead by changing the business culture and practices, especially through the promotion and visibility of women‑owned enterprises. This has been highlighted in the Cambodian presentation."

 

"Platforms such as the EIF, Development Partners and International Organizations can play a critical role in supporting reforms and investments, as is the case of the eco-tourism grants provided to female tourism operators in the Solomon Islands," Ambassador Stevens said, concluding that the gender collective voice was critical, especially from women's groups to advocate, represent and hold decision-makers accountable. "Each of our voices today can be a driver of change in achieving women's economic empowerment," she said.

Posted: 08/05/2015

Solomon Islands: Using trade as a development tool

 

Over decades, Solomon Islands has been trading across its island villages, provinces and beyond its borders without a coherent trade policy. With the support from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) programme to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, trade mainstreaming has become a popular goal on the Government's agenda, with the recognition that uncertainty in policies can hamper trade development.

 

The need for a trade policy framework in Solomon Islands was recognized to integrate trade-related aspects of existing sectoral policies and to put into place broad institutional and policy guidelines and priorities to support policy‑makers in enhancing the role of trade in the economy as a means to reducing poverty and raising the level of human development. Moreover, the Government has also been cognizant of its role to put into place policies to facilitate and oversee trade so that private sector trade can thrive and to provide all stakeholders with an equal opportunity to participate in trade and maximize its benefits. In this regard, besides EIF funding, the Government of Solomon Islands has been able to leverage additional support from regional and international partners to support its trade policy framework formulation.

 

In this context, on 18 March 2015, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka, launched Solomon Islands' first Trade Policy Framework alongside the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretary‑General Dame Meg Taylor. The Trade Policy Framework, "Building Productive Capacity for Trade and Quality of Life", underlines the trade policy vision in Solomon Islands, taking into consideration Solomon Islands' culture and society. It builds on and updates existing earlier work, including the EIF‑funded 2009 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS), the National Development Strategy 2011-2020 and the ODI/DFID work conducted on trade negotiations in 2013.

 

In his statement at the launch, Minister Tozaka highlighted the critical role trade plays in the economy: “As an isolated small island state, trade has helped us overcome inherent vulnerabilities and opened up new possibilities. It has contributed to our economic development and provided us the opportunity to enjoy access to goods and services that we neither produce nor provide locally.” He further added, “While we aspire to gain greater access to foreign markets, we face serious challenges in growing viable export industries and adding value to our abundant natural resources. Implementing and building on the recommendations contained in our Trade Policy Framework, Solomon Islands will cultivate a dynamic and diverse productive sector, which will enable us to truly take advantage of multilateral and regional trading arrangements.”

 

The Trade Policy Framework project was funded by the European Union through the Pacific Integration Technical Assistance Project. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat supported the development of the Framework as part of a regional programme. Secretary‑General Taylor commented on the critical role of the Framework: “This Framework seeks to mainstream trade into the national development strategy. Such integrated engagement will assist in the medium‑ to long‑term performance of the Solomon Islands economy and establish a policy platform that builds upon and coordinates sectoral priorities.”

 

To Solomon Islands, trade is not a means to itself but a vehicle for achieving other goals, such as increased employment, enhanced human development and eradication of poverty. The EIF programme is supporting this vision with over US$2.4 million to ensure that trade's role is emphasized in National and Sectoral Development Strategies; coordination with development partners on Aid for Trade is improved; and institutional foundations are enhanced; furthermore, the EIF is providing specific support to the tourism sector.

 

Through the Trade Policy Framework and its implementation, Solomon Islands aspires to leverage trade to promote human development, reduce poverty and improve living standards. Now the National Trade Development Council (NTDC), the primary decision-making and advisory body on trade matters in Solomon Islands, meets increasingly regularly and is developing a detailed and proactive work programme. The NTDC with support from the EIF continues improving its organizational capacity, as well as its ability to effect change. The EIF programme together with other development partners' support can help further to meet the NTDC's goals and to realize the vision embraced in Solomon Islands' Trade Policy Framework.

Posted: 04/07/2014

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade

Department of External Trade

EIF National Implementation Unit

P.O Box G10, Honiara,

Solomon Islands

Terms of Reference

Mid-term Review/Evaluation of EIF Tier 1 Project

Background: The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a multi-donor programme, which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. In this way, the programme works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty. The programme is currently helping 47 LDCs worldwide, supported by a multi-donor trust fund, the EIF Trust Fund, with contributions from 23 donors .

The EIF programme creates a genuine partnership among all EIF stakeholders to show results on the ground. Working in close cooperation are donors, six core partner agencies , observer agencies , the Executive Secretariat (ES)  and the Trust Fund Manager (TFM)  and other development partners who are supporting LDCs' own drive to:

• mainstream trade into national development strategies;

• set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance; and

• build capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.

The EIF process aims to strengthen donors' support to a country's trade agenda. LDCs can use the EIF as a vehicle to assist in coordinating donors' support and to lever additional Aid for Trade resources, whereas donors can sign up to the EIF as a vehicle to deliver on their initial Aid for Trade commitments.

Solomon Islands joined EIF programme in 2007; launched its DTIS in 2010; Tier 1 Phase 1 project submitted to EIF Board (approved by the Board in December 2010) and implemented during 2011-12. A fully fledged Tier 1 Project was submitted in June 2012, which was approved by the EIF Board in November 2012 . The focus of the project is basically on strengthening of National Implementation Arrangement (NIA), including National Steering Committee , Focal Point and National Implementation Unit (NIU). The expected results of the project are:

(i) Enhanced capacity of SIG/NIA to formulate, manage, implement and monitor Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA)/Aid for Trade (AfT) in support of country’s trade development agenda (e.g. DTIS),

(ii) Trade mainstreamed into National Development Strategies (NDS) and sector development strategies (e.g. Agriculture/Tourism Sector Development Strategy),

(iii) Strengthened Public-Private consultation mechanism  (regular dialogue on contemporary economic and trade issues),

(iv) Coordinated delivery of TRTA/AfT in accordance with the NDS and DTIS prioritized needs in collaboration with the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), and

(v) Solomon Islands secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix.

Against the above background, the EIF National Implementation Unit is seeking services of a qualified and experienced consultant/firm to review/evaluate the first phase of EIF Tier 1 project.

Purpose of review:

The main purpose of the mid-term review/evaluation is to confirm whether the programme is performing towards achieving the targets/results set and to take remedial action where the programme might not be on track.

The main purpose of this mid-term evaluation consultancy is to provide a comprehensive and systematic account of the performance of the project by assessing its project design, process of implementation, achievements in relation to project objectives endorsed by the EIF Steering Committee including any agreed changes in the objectives during project implementation and any other results. As such, the evaluation aims to review progress towards the project’s objectives and outcomes, assess the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of how the project has moved towards its objectives and outcomes, identify strengths and weaknesses in project design and implementation, and provide recommendations on design modifications that could have increased the likelihood of success, and on specific actions that might be taken into consideration in designing future phase 2 project.

The main objectives of this assignment are to:

• Promote accountability and transparency, and to assess and disclose levels of project accomplishments;

• Synthesize lessons that may help improve the selection, design and implementation of future interventions under EIF programme; and

• Provide feedback on issues that are recurrent across the EIF programme implementation in the country and need attention, and on improvements regarding identified issues.

Scope of the work:

The firm/consultant shall prepare and submit mid-term evaluation report in the format as prescribed in Annex 1. The main scope of work includes:

- Review project documents (including log-frame, annual work plans, operational plans etc.), Compendium of EIF Documents: A User’s Guide to the EIF and other relevant documents provided by the NIU in a view to conceptualize EIF programme level and project level goals/objectives.

- Take stock of the results achieved by the EIF Tier 1 project over its first phase (3 years) of implementation.

- Assess effectiveness of the project in achieving project goal/results/objectives as determined in the project document (log-frame, work plans, etc.).

- Identify lessons learned.

- Provide recommendations to be followed while designing the extension/phase 2 of the project.

Indicative Evaluation Questions and Methodology

The consultant, in consultation with the Focal Point and NIU, shall prepare evaluation questions/questionnaire for review/evaluation and list of stakeholders to be contacted/ interviewed for project mid-term evaluation. However, the reference point for the evaluation is the project proposal document that includes the project logical framework which outlines the results and corresponding indicators. Monitoring and evaluation plans, progress reports and other relevant project documents are also key sources of information for the evaluation process. These documents will guide in addressing issues and formulating questions for the evaluation. Questions should be well articulated and of priority to stakeholders. The following are indicative questions to be considered by the evaluators:

1. An assessment/overview of the overall EIF institutional set-up in the country (Focal Point, National Steering Committee, National Implementing Unit) and the organisational links to key ministries and other relevant bodies.

a. Titles of members of the NSC in annex, description of task, mandate etc.

b. Brief review of activities of the NSC and assessment of it; has worked/functioned.

c. Description of tasks, mandate (formalised in government decision) of the NIU including an organogram for the NIU. This description should include a table with staff information (name, position, date of engagement with NIU, information on staff being seconded (with indication of with or without salary top-ups), hired for project funds or hired as consultants, information on immediate, previous position held/CV for professional staff).

d. The organisational links (including physical location) of the NIU within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

e. An assessment of how integration/coordination has evolved during project implementation and how it is working.

2. Results and activities for the Tier 1 project

a. List and describe main results from project, including time of start/completion for main activities.

b. Is the project making sufficient progress towards achieving its planned objectives? Will the project be likely to achieve its planned objectives upon completion?

c. Indicate activities undertaken by NIU to achieve results, including detail of the DTIS update (if any) process and state of play.

d. Is a monitoring and evaluation system in place and how effective is it to measure progress towards results?

e. Compare the current logframe with the original logframe, where applicable.

3. Review of trade mainstreaming processes in the country (In line with the EIF Logframe)

a. Does the country have a PRSP (or other national development strategy), covering which period, when next one to be prepared?

b. Describe how trade aspects have been integrated in existing/being integrated in the upcoming strategy and assess the complementarities between trade and development policies/objectives. How is the institutional set-up for PRSP preparation and consultations on trade aspects?

c.  Does the project receive adequate political, technical and administrative support from its national partners?

d. Assess and describe if/how the Tier 1 project contributed to this process.

4. Trade Policy/export development strategy

a. Does the country have a trade policy and/or export development strategy? Which period does it cover and when will it be updated?

b. Does the country have sector strategies with trade integrated into them?

c. How has inter-ministerial coordination on trade issues been organised to support elaboration, implementation and monitoring of such strategies?

d. Assess and describe if/how the Tier 1 project contributed to this process.

5. Engagement with Private sector and other non-governmental stakeholders on trade issues

a. Does the country have a functioning public-private sector consultation mechanism?

b. Assess and describe if/how the Tier 1 project contributed to this process.

6. Donor coordination on trade related assistance

a. Are there government and donor consultations on trade related matters?

b. How is it (are they) organised in the country?

c. Assess and describe if/how the Tier 1 project contributed to this process.

7. Wider mobilisation of funds for TRA – formulation of Tier 2 projects

a. State of affairs with formulation of new trade related assistance and identification of funding sources.

b. Assess and describe if/how the Tier 1 project contributed to this process.

8. Sustainability

a. How effective has the project been in establishing national ownership?

b. Has the project prepared for an exit plan to ensure a proper hand-over to the national government and institutions after the project ends?

c. Are national stakeholders been involved in project implementation, and are willing and committed to continue with the project?

d. Are the project results likely to be durable? Are results anchored in national institutions and can the national institutions and implementing partners be likely to maintain them financially once external funding ends? 

After finalisation of the questions/questionnaires, the consultant(s) shall interview key stakeholders and collect data/information, analyse them and present in the form of evaluation report in the prescribed format (Annex 1).

Key Output and Procedures:

The evaluation report (maximum 30 pages) is the key output of the evaluation (see sample structure at Annex 1). The following are procedures for producing the report.

- The evaluator(s) / consultant(s) is expected to produce an inception report that shows how its going to conduct the evaluation;

- The evaluator(s)/consultant(s) shall prepare a complete report according to the TOR and submits the first draft in electronic form to the NIU/FP within 45 days upon the signing of MoU/Contract;

- The NIU/FP submits the draft, without changes, to the key stakeholders of the evaluation, including the EIF ES and TFM within one week upon receipt of the draft report;

- The stakeholders review the report and submit comments on the content to the NIU/FP, with a copy to the NSC/NTDC, within two weeks;

- The NIU/FP forwards the consolidated comments within one week after receiving comments from the stakeholders to the evaluators to prepare the final report. As much as possible, comments should be anonymous;

- The evaluators are expected to incorporate the comments into the report in next two weeks;

- The evaluators complete the final report according to the TOR and submit it in electronic form to the NIU/FP;

- The NIU/FP forwards it (without modifications other than formatting) to key stakeholders who have participated in the evaluation and to the NSC/NTDC for approval; and

- The NIU/FP submits the final evaluation report to the EIF ES/TFM for endorsement.

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

The consultant will be guided by EIF National Implementation Unit with overall guidance from EIF Focal Point. The consultant shall report regularly to the EIF National Implementation Unit and provide updates on progress as agreed.

Format for Proposal

The proposal submitted by the consultant/firm must include:

A. Technical proposal

- Background;

- CV of Team Leader and other consultants/profile of firm and team involved

- Methodology/description of review method;

- Timing/schedule of activities (proposed);

- Any other relevant information consultant/firm deems important for proposal evaluation panel.

B. Financial proposal

- Cost of Review/evaluation (breakdown of expenditures).

Qualifications and Experiences of Evaluators:

- University degree, preferably masters degree (for individual consultant) and have qualified staffs with similar educational level to be engaged in the review/evaluation (for consulting firm).

- The consultant/firm must have substantive experience (Minimum of 7 to 10 years in particular for the Team leader and 5 years for the other members) in project review/evaluation and reporting.

- Good knowledge of trade, particularly aid for trade, and development issues desirable.

- Knowledge of Solomon Islands trade matters, including trade and development linkages, private sector and trade related institutions would be an asset.

- Be skilled in implementing evaluations particularly in trade related programs and projects;

- Knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods;

- Data analysis and interpretation skills;

- Good report writing skills; and

- Adherence to good evaluation practices and ethical principles.

Ethical code of conduct:

The evaluators shall conduct their work without any prejudice, maintain ethical values and avoid any conflicts of interest or the acceptance of gifts.

Bid/Proposal Evaluation Criteria  Categories Points

 

No. Categories  Points
 Adequacy and quality  of response of the bid/proposal to specifications in the TOR 20
 2   Adequacy of work plan/schedule of tasks for the evaluation process  15
 3   Coherence and clarity of the proposed methodology including questions to be investigated 30 
 4   Specific trade experience of the Consultant  10
  5  Experience in project monitoring and evaluation  10
  6    Experience in data collection and analysis (both quantitative and quantitative data)  5
 7   Qualifications of the consultant/degree  5
 8  Knowledge of development related issues in-country  5
   Total points  100
  Passing Score: 65%, equivalent to 65 points out of 100 points 

        Annex 1: Sample Structure and content of an Evaluation Report

1. Cover page

2. Executive summary

3. Brief background on the project

4. Purpose and scope of the evaluation and clients of evaluation

5. Methodology

6. Review of project implementation

7. Presentation of findings

8. Conclusion

9. Recommendations

10. Lessons learned

11. Annexes

Cover page

• Key project data: Project title, project number, project start and completion dates, plan and final cost of project, country.

• Key evaluation data: Type of evaluation, start and completion dates of the evaluation mission, names of the evaluators/firm, date of submission of evaluation report.

Executive summary (approximate of 3-5 pages)

• Concisely states the most important findings, conclusion, and recommendations of the evaluation, and

• Should be read and understood as a stand-alone document.

Brief background on the project (approximate 2-3 pages)

• Brief description of the project’s goal and rationale;

• Summary of the project’s context, management and development over time; and 

• Clear description of the project objectives and the intended outcomes.

Purpose, scope and stakeholders of evaluation (approximate 2-3 pages)

• Reason for the midterm evaluation;

• Brief description of the scope of the midterm evaluation;

• Specify key stakeholders for whom the midterm evaluation was conducted and others that it may be useful to; and

• Recapitulation of the terms of reference and midterm evaluation questions.

Methodology (approximate 1-3 pages)

• A brief narrative of the evaluation methods used and the limitations;

• Types and sources of data, data collection technique including data limitations; and

• Remarks on problems encountered in data gathering and analysis, if any.

Review of Project design and implementation (approximate 2-3 pages)

• Brief review of project design and governance processes;

• Brief review of the main stages in the implementation of the project highlighting main milestones and challenges; and

• Stakeholders involved, institutional context.

Presentation of findings (approximate 3-8 pages)

•  Findings should be based on the evaluation questions (see the indicative evaluation questions);

• Findings should cover the evaluation criteria but concentrating on key issues and specific concerns; and

• Analysis and discussion of quantitative and qualitative information

 Conclusions (approximate 1-2 pages)

• Reflecting evaluators’ assessment and interpretation of the findings; and

• Main message(s) of the evaluation.  

Recommendations (approximate 1-2 pages)

• Recommendations should be based on evaluation findings, including possible proposals for review of project processes;

• Recommendation should be provided in simple language aimed at improving the ongoing project, future projects,  and general EIF operations; and

• Presented in a clear, concise and actionable manner, making concrete suggestions for improvements i.e., “who should do what to improve what”.

Lessons learned (approximate 1-2 pages)

• This highlights experiences about what has been tried that produced good results and why it worked well. It reflects good practice in project implementation that could be generalized and/or  replicated; and

• It includes observations, insights, and practices extracted from the evaluation that are of general interest beyond the domain of the project and contribute to wider organizational learning.

Annexes

• Offers additional material that explains evaluation methods, data collection instruments, schedules,  documents reviewed;

• Should include the TOR and list of persons contacted and interviewed; and

• Can include any other relevant information, i.e., statistical tables with supplementary data, survey questionnaires, etc.,

Posted: 06/05/2014

Solomon Islands: Branding as a tourism destination in the Pacific Region

The Minister of Tourism and Culture, H.E. Mr Samuel Manetoali launched the first EIF Tier 2 tourism project in Solomon Islands on 7 February 2014. The tourism project will support areas of policy and legislations related to the tourism sector; promote Solomon Islands as a distinct visitor’s destination in the Pacific Region and strengthen the linkages of the tourism sector with auxiliary sectors like agriculture, fisheries and handicrafts in a way that can help create additional livelihood opportunities for the local people.

The tourism project is in line with the Government’s long-term vision for the trade sector’s development. The project will assist the Ministry of Tourism and Solomon Islands Visitors’ Bureau (SIVB) in addressing tourism-related needs that will contribute to the overall development of the tourism industry. This project was developed by the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) within the External Trade Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in close collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and SIVB.

H.E. Mr Samuel Manetoali told guests at the event that the launch of the first EIF Tier 2 Tourism project was an important milestone for Solomon Islands. He said, “I am confident that the project will help address some of the issues affecting the tourism sector and I can assure you that my staff at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will work closely with the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) to ensure that the project is implemented according to the requirement by the EIF Board.”

Speaking prior to the launch, the EIF Focal Point and Director for External Trade, Mr Barrett Salato, noted: “Under this project we want to see tangible results. We want to see tourists’ inflow increases in order to reach the target set by the Government because tourism has the potential to really benefit Solomon Islanders”.

The tourism Tier 2 project launch also coincided with the launch of the first website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, which the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, H.E. Mr Clay Forau Soalaoi called an historical feat. The website was developed with support from the EIF and was launched to disseminate and enhance online access to information from the Ministry to the general public.

Solomon Islands was part of the earlier EIF programme since 2007, accessing EIF Tier 1 support in 2011. Information on Solomon Islands regarding EIF support, investment opportunities, travel advisory and general information about the Government is now available online at http://www.mfaet.gov.sb.

NIU Coordinator

Ms. Natalie PATTERNOT
Assistant NIU Coordinator: Monitoring & Evaluation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade
P.O. Box G10
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: +677-212250,21251

EIF NIU Team

Mr. Shiv Raj BHATT
Department of External Trade, International Technical Adviser (EIF)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Melanesia Pacific Haus, Mendana Avenue, P.O. Box G10 P.O. Box G10
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: +677 21 250 / 21 251 / 21 252 / 21 253 - Ext. 211 Private (677) 21094
Ms. Tracey CHOKO
Assistant NIU Coordinator: Admin & Finance
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
P.O. Box G10
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: 677-21250
Mr. Nigel SANDY
NIU, EIF Communication Associate
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External & Trade
Melanesia Pacific Haus, Mendana Avenue P.O.Box G10
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: +677-21250

Donor Facilitator

Mr. Ioannis-Pavlos EVANGELIDIS
Delegation of European Union to Solomon Islands
European Union
Level 2. City Centre Building, Mendana Avenue
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: 67722765; +6777496375

Alternative Donor Facilitator

Dr. Abdoul Aziz MBAYE
Delegation of the European Union to Solomon Islands, Chargé d'Affaires
European Union
Level 2, City Centre Building Mendana Avenue
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel:  +677 24 820, +677 21 575

WB Contact

Mr. Thimoty BULMAN
Country Economist
The World Bank
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: +677 556 650

UNDP Contact

Ms. Alice MUAKI
UNDP
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Ms. Gloria SULUIA
UNDP
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: -
Mr. Samson RIHUOHA
MDG Analyst
UNDP
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Other

Mr. Shiv RAJ BHATT
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Technical Adviser Permanent Secretary
Government of Solomon Islands
Melanesia Pacific Haus, Mendana Avenue PO Box G10
Honiara, Solomon Islands
Tel: (677) 21250 / 21251 / 21252 / 21253 (Ext. 201)
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