EIF is a unique global partnership between Least Developed Countries (LDCs), funding partners and international agencies, and Phase Two of the programme was designed with the Global Goals in mind – to work to achieve them and to offer the international community ways to report on progress.
International trade is a key element in the 2030 Agenda, cutting across almost all goals, with key links to areas such as employment, women's empowerment, food security and the alleviation of inequality. Trade is directly related to 11 targets under 9 of the goals, and is indirectly related to an additional 32 targets under 14 of the goals. EIF is specifically mentioned in Goal 8 Target 8.A, which calls on countries to "increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance to Least developed countries."
EIF works to effect a trade agenda conducive to sustainable pro-poor growth and promotes effective national policy and institutional frameworks, all critical to underpinnng LDC progress toards 2030 achievement.