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.