Population
10,314,021
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

South Sudan requested accession to the EIF Programme in November 2011 and UNDP was designated to undertake a Technical Review which was finalized and submitted to the EIF Board for approval in March 2012. In June 2012, South Sudan was admitted as one of the EIF Countries to receive support from the EIF Trust Fund.

 

As a new State, South Sudan was formally included in the United Nations' list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in December 2012.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

In January 2013, the EIF Board approved the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) project for South Sudan to be undertaken by UNDP as the Main Implementing Entity. The DTIS project seeks to undertake a study to identify the key constraints that affect the integration of the Republic of South Sudan into the global economy and benefits from the multilateral trading system.

In December 2013, the EIF Board also approved a Pre-DTIS project for South Sudan. The Pre-DTIS project aims to assist the Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning (MFCI&EP) to establish the national institutional arrangements including the National Steering Committee (NSC) to oversee the EIF programme implementation in South Sudan, including the DTIS process.

Main progresses to date

The DTIS and Pre-DTIS projects are being implemented despite some security setbacks since December 2013. The DTIS main missions took place from mid to late 2013.

An EIF familiarization workshop was held in Juba from 13 to 14 November 2012 with the active participation of key stakeholders, including the then Minister for Commerce, Industry and Investment (MCII). Overall, there was very good participation from Government stakeholders at the workshop. The various departments in the MCII, including: the Director-General of Trade; Director-General of Planning; Director-General of the Standards Bureau; and the Director for Private Sector were present. There was also active participation from the provincial states of South Sudan, as well as other line Ministries, including the Agriculture and Interior Ministries.

In 2013, MCII was merged with the Ministry of Finance, forming the MFCI&EP.

South Sudan published trade policy guidelines in 2009 and is currently developing a trade strategy. The MFCI&EP is in dialogue with ITC about assistance in possible related areas.

Trade features prominently in the interim South-Sudan Development Plan (SSDP) 2011-2013. The SSDP focuses on South Sudan's integration into the global economy (national, regional and international integration). The MFCI&EP has adopted a three-year Strategic Policy Framework (2012-2014) and task forces have been established to implement this Framework. A Private Sector Development Strategy has also been prepared. South Sudan is developing a number of different productive sector strategies, which provides an opportunity to mainstream trade. Public-private consultation takes place through interaction with the Chamber of Commerce as well as through the International Finance Corporation (IFC)-led South Sudan Business Forum.

South Sudan published an Aid Strategy adopting the principles of aid effectiveness in 2006 as an autonomous region. The Strategy was revised in 2011 and sets out clear benchmarks for how aid should be delivered, namely that aid should be aligned to sector policies; increasingly managed by Government institutions aligned to the Government budget cycle and channeled through Government public financial management systems; support institutional capacity and systems; and be oriented to the achievement of Government development outcomes.

The Inter-Ministerial Appraisal Committee plays a strategic role by reviewing and approving overall donor country strategies, sectoral aid financing strategies and major aid operations (over US$10 million). The Aid Information Management System (AIMS) is being rolled out as a tool for planning future external assistance and reporting on existing aid operations. The AIMs is being used to track development assistance.

Government and donor consultations take place within the Thematic Sector Working Groups. There is a High‑Level Partnership Forum for strategic policy issues that meets on an annual basis, as well as the Quarterly Donor Forum, a mechanism for regular dialogue between the Government and partners on fiscal, aid and economic policy issues.

A Budget Sector Working Group has also been established for Private Sector and Trade and provides a mechanism for donor participation in Government strategic planning, prioritization at sectoral level and project development. From 2013-14, the Budget Sector Plans include a Sector Aid Financing Plan, which addresses the roles and responsibilities of the Government and its Development Partners in supporting the activities of the sector. It describes the overall policy and aid architecture for the sector; donor expenditure by aid operation (past and planned); and a summary of the sector plans to achieve progress towards the Aid Strategy Benchmarks. The Trade Sector Aid Financing Plan draws from the EIF process, especially the DTIS, to generate the priorities to be funded within the sector.

Joint donor initiatives are present in aid generally, and pooled funding is a significant delivery mechanism, including the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) established in 2005 as a key vehicle for channeling aid into reconstruction and development in South Sudan. Secondly, the South Sudan Recovery Fund was established in 2008 to support the provision of recovery assistance to South Sudan and bridge the gap between the short‑term emergency aid and longer-term development assistance. The MDTF has funded a Private Sector Development Project (US$3.5 million).

Ongoing projects include the MDTF-funded Private Sector Development Project (US$3.5 million) and the World Bank-funded Private Sector Development in Southern Sudan project (US$0.35 million). Work has also been completed by the IFC and the World Bank on competitiveness, and the African Development Bank has completed an analysis of cross-border trade.

Outlook

Finalization and validation of the DTIS.

South Sudan is working on a Tier 1 project proposal to support the National Implementation Arrangements including the NSC.

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 implementationN/AN/A
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesN/AN/A
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/AN/A
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesN/AN/A
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/AN/A
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionN/AN/A
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanismN/AN/A
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)N/AN/A
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related mattersN/AN/A
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesN/AN/A
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)N/AN/A
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/AN/A
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyN/AN/A
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action MatrixN/AN/A
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)N/AN/A

Pre-DTIS

Starting date / End date
30/04/2014
Approved Budget
50,000
Board Approval Date
10/12/2013
Disbursement
50,000
Expenditure Reported
50,000
MOU Approval Date
09/04/2014
MOU Expiry Date
08/04/2015
Phase
Completed

DTIS

Starting date / End date
27/02/2013
Approved Budget
400,000
Board Approval Date
24/01/2013
Disbursement
400,000
Expenditure Reported
398,456
MOU Approval Date
20/02/2013
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2015
Phase
Completed

Focal Point

Mr. Biel Jock THICH
Undersecretary
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment
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Juba, South Sudan
Tel: +211956509509, +211955354809

NIU Coordinator

Mr. Augustine Kenyi ALBERT
Ag. Director for Trade Fairs and Exhibition and Economic Free Zones
Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment
P.O. Box 73
Juba, South Sudan
Tel: +211911148545

Donor Facilitator

Mr. Baba-Mustafa MARONG
CPRU, Head of Unit/Team Leader a.i.
UNDP
Juba, South Sudan
Tel: -

Other

Mr. George CONWAY
Country Director, a.i.
UNDP
Juba, South Sudan
Tel: -
H.E.Mr. Aggrey Tissa SABUNI
NA, National Minister
Ministry of Finance, Commerce, Investment and Economic Planning
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Juba, South Sudan
Tel: 00
South Sudan Annual Progress Report 2013
First Diagnostic Trade Integration Study of South Sudan released
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