Partner agencies

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EIF Secretariat
eif.secretariat@wto.org

The status of the EIF and the level of engagement it draws from the highest levels of government within the LDCs combine to give it significant convening power on the ground. The EIF brings together the engagement required to get a variety of stakeholders around the table and the financial and technical assistance required to support their coordination once they get there. EIF Partner Agencies ensure that the latest in development thinking is brought to every discussion. Their technical insight and reach ensures the best possible support to LDC stakeholders in meeting the challenges of 21st century trade.

 

The EIF is currently supported by 8 Partner Agencies. 

8 Partner Agencies

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 188 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

 

International Trade Centre (ITC)

The International Trade Centre (ITC), is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and UNCTAD. ITC's aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) deals with the global rules of trade between nations. Its main function is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) - Observer Agency

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

World Bank Group (World Bank)

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. It provides a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) - Observer Agency

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

6 Other partners

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries that are the institution’s Regional Member Countries. is a regional multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries that are the institution’s Regional Member Countries.

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is the largest regional economic organization in Africa, with 19 member states and a population of about 390 million and an objective of accelerating regional integration for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group)

Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations as a means to improve their human, animal and plant health status and ability to gain or maintain access to markets.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals. The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It consists of a group of 24 independent experts nominated by the UN Secretary General.

World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility (TFF)

The World Bank Group’s trade programme (a) promotes a multilateral trading system that is more supportive of development; (b) supports trade competitiveness as part of countries’ development strategies; and (c) supports trade policy and trade facilitation reforms through effective Aid for Trade programmes.

“ The EIF is uniquely well placed to help LDCs become better integrated in global markets. It has a track record of generating ownership of the reforms countries need to make, and of facilitating consensus across stakeholders. It has helped to strengthen key governing capacities in LDCs so that trade can be mainstreamed in national development plans.”

UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark

“ The EIF has a primary role in helping LDCs understand what their constraints are to trade. It starts with understanding what your needs are. The EIF helps countries map constraints, map challenges, but it doesn’t stop there. The EIF then moves on to address those challenges.”

ITC Executive Director, Arancha González

“ The EIF has a primary role in helping LDCs understand what their constraints are to trade. It starts with understanding what your needs are. The EIF helps countries map constraints, map challenges, but it doesn’t stop there. The EIF then moves on to address those challenges.”

UNCTAD, Secretary General, Mukhisa Kituyi