Togo joined the EIF in May 2008 and undertook preparations from January 2009 for a Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS), 'Reviving the Traditional Sectors and Preparing for the Future: An Export-Led Growth Strategy'. The DTIS was finalized and validated during a Validation Workshop from 27 to 29 July 2010. The DTIS results have been included in Togo's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for 2009-2011 as part of a trade promotion strategy.
Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)
Togo's Tier 1 'Support to National Implementation Arrangements (NIAs)' project was approved by the EIF Board in November 2011. The project aims to enable Togo to become a fully integrated and an active player in, and a beneficiary of, the global trading system by mainstreaming trade and advancing the DTIS Action Matrix priorities.
Main progresses to date
The Tier 1 project has been fully implemented since end of 2012. The EIF National Steering Committee (NSC) has been set up and includes the public and private sectors, with Ministry of Finance playing an important role in aid coordination.
In 2013, the DTIS was evaluated and a five-year plan for its implementation was formulated, and included in the Government's overall priority action plan for development, as the strategic action plan of the Ministry of Commerce and Private Sector Promotion (Ministère du Commerce et de la Promotion du Secteur Privé - MCPSP). The Programme d'Actions Prioritaires - PAP which supports the implementation of Togo's PRSP also reflects the strategic action plan of the MCPSP; the PAP is funded through the Government budget and donor contributions.
Moreover, trade has been integrated into the Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Tourism, Transport, Economic Infrastructures, Telecommunications and Rural Development sectoral strategies. Additionally, a National Trade Development document with an action plan was adopted in October 2011, which gives a strategic trade vision based on national comparative advantage, competitiveness and productive capacity building.
To support DTIS Action Matrix implementation, Togo has prioritized the soybean sector, and has submitted a Tier 2 project proposal to the EIF Board. The project is aimed at strengthening the production and marketing capacities of the soybean value chain. In addition to contributing to the increase of the country's earnings from the soybean value chain by increasing its production, processing and exportation, the project also aims to promote gender and to improve the revenues of the actors involved in the soybean value chain.
Togo has set up an Aid for Trade (AfT) Management Platform which serves as a coordination base for donor interventions. In June 2013, one Roundtable on AfT was organized and trade was included in at least one Government-donor consultative meeting. There are plans to organize another Roundtable event in 2014.
In Togo, donor coordination has been a key priority for the Government, with a specific unit set up to lead donor coordination in the Government in accordance with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Togo's public-private sector coordination mechanism is also chaired at high-level and consists of various private sector representatives including women entrepreneurs.
As part of Tier 1 activities, Togo is implementing a capacity building plan, with the overall goal of improving export quality and private sector competitiveness. In 2013, a number of capacity building activities were organized to strengthen the private sector's trade and export capacity. Specific training sessions were also organized for coffee and cocoa producers, as well as additional trainings on results based management.
Togo's pre-DTIS project approved in January 2010 and implemented since May 2010 to July 2011 helped to facilitate consultations on the DTIS process to ensure country ownership of the DTIS and its conclusions.
In 2013, Togo finalized and validated a communication plan. Furthermore, a number of outreach activities have been undertaken to increase national visibility of the EIF programme including through radio and television presentations, press forums, EIF brochures, calendars and other outreach materials.
As from mid-2012, the NIU has also organized outreach activities for the private sector, women entrepreneurs and actors involved in the coffee and cocoa value chains. Additionally, the NIU has engaged in consultations with key stakeholders on priorities to be taken forward for resource mobilization.
In March 2014, Togo hosted the EIF regional workshop on Gender, M&E and Communications for 13 French- and Portuguese-speaking African EIF Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) as well as from Haiti.
Approval of the Tier 2 soybean value chain project by the EIF Board.
Organization of a donor Roundtable on AfT to support DTIS Action Matrix implementation.
|Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans|
|O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementation||No||Yes|
|O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action Matrices||No||No|
|O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 project||N/A||3|
|O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategies||No||Yes|
|O1.5 Country with quality trade strategy||N/A||1|
|O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implemented||N/A||3|
|Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans|
|O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategies||1||1|
|O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimension||Yes||Yes|
|O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanism||2||1|
|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|
|O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)||No||Yes|
|O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters||2||2|
|O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF Countries||No||No|
|O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)||Yes||Yes|
|Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities|
|O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODA||1||1|
|O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategy||Yes||Yes|
|O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix||N/A||N/A|
|O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)||0||N/A|