DTIS update
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Working together with local stakeholders and development partners, the EIF has supported Zambia in implementing trade mainstreaming policies to strengthen the country's participation in regional and global markets. Targeted strategic support has been provided in the honey sector with strong emphasis on apiary management, value chain addition and enhanced operation and efficiency.

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The project's main objective is to support Zambia's integration into the international trading system in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.



  • The project supported Zambia's participation in the negotiations to establish a One Stop Border Post (OSBP) between Zambia and Tanzania. The Agreement was signed in April 2017.
  • In partnership with Sweden’s National Board of Trade, the project through Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is supporting human capacity development by rolling out an innovative curriculum of Trade Policy and Development courses at the University of Zambia and with plans to extend the course to two other universities in Zambia — Mulungushi and Copperbelt Universities.
  • The strategic plan assessment workshop held from 24 to 25 January 2017 facilitated the development of the Medium-term plan (MTP) for the trade strategy and Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) Action Matrix implementation.
  • Cluster Advisory Group comprising of various economic ministries and stakeholders was introduced to replace the Sector Advisory Group, striving to improve an effective coordination mechanism.
  • Two Domestic Trade Surveys on the edible oils sector and on retail mall shopping sector were conducted in January 2017 to support policy formulation and validate the National Trade Strategy.
  • The Department of Foreign Trade of the MCTI was supported to participate in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area negotiations in Nairobi in April 2017, promoting Government's participation in international fora.
  • Public-Private consultations were promoted for effective coordination of trade policy process through supporting two EIF Executive/Management Committee meetings on 18 January and 19 April 2017.
  • The NIU also participated in the annual Zambia Honey Partnership (ZHP) General Meeting on 10 May 2017, which adopted a new ZHP constitution and elected a new Committee. The meeting was attended by 31 participants and was organized in collaboration with SNV and MCTI under the project.
  • Active donor-government engagement has been promoted through organizing three Focal Point–Donor Facilitator meetings for effective Government-Donor dialogues on trade-related matters in December 2016 and in March and April 2017. This was followed up by the Government/Donor Platform on Trade-related matters on 30 May 2017 which was attended by 34 participants.
  • 10 MCTI staff were trained on use of trade policy analytical tools in March 2017, 14 MCTI officers were trained on international best practices in procurement in November 2016, and 15 MCTI officers were trained on project accounts management in October 2016.
  • 39 participants from the public sector and two participants from the private sector were trained on rules of origin and Technical Barriers to Trade in June 2017.
  • Stakeholders consultation meeting was also organised from 6 – 8 March 2017 to discuss the investment database to help track pledged and actualised investments. The meeting was attended by 28 participants from various stakeholder institutions.
  • Support to the development of strategic sectors for enhanced trade development, with partnerships with OXFAM and Smart Development Works (SNV) to support the Zambia Dairy Platform (ZDP) to access and identify challenges faced by the dairy sector and develop action points. 
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The project strengthened the already existing relationships between producer groups and processors, and supported the construction of bulking centres to provide easy access to markets for honey and honey products. Before the project, beekeepers used to keep honey in whatever containers they would get and incur costs in transporting honey long distances looking for the buyers. Now, in communities with bulking centres, the honey is sold within the communities and prices are negotiated. The honey producers, 30% of whom are women, are also being trained to improve productivity and quality. Resources have also been distributed to beekeepers, including beehives and equipment to test honey quality in terms of moisture.



  • 18 bulking centres have been constructed, and communities made contributions in kind to the construction which helped create a level of ownership and an interest to maintain the facilities. The bulking centres contribute to improved quality, access to markets, and reduced transaction costs.
  • Quality of honey from trained beekeepers improved significantly by 60-75% compared to honey produced by untrained beekeepers.
  • 6,580 beekeepers (30% women) have been trained in apiary management. 
  • Resources distributed to beekeepers included 5,638 modern beehives, 4,000 sets of protective clothing, 5,000 harvest and storage buckets, and 2,000 smokers.
  • 11 processors are currently in the supply chain. These processors have provided more market alternatives for producers, thereby simulating production and competition.
  • 22 forest officers and 6 farmers were trained in Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection, and a GIS database was established at the Zambia Forestry College.
  • 3 women’s groups and one youth beekeeping group have been supported by the project.
  • The project has supported the Zambia Honey Partnership as an ongoing platform for public-private sector in promoting sustainable social and economic growth of the honey sector.
  • The adoption of modern beekeeping technologies has created an environment where women are encouraged to participate in the sector without being exposed to any health hazards. The project has also deliberately targeted groups and entities that are led or owned by women participating in the sector. One of those groups was the Kabule Women’s Beekeeping group — a group of 20 members based in a town in the middle of Zambia called Kapiri Mposhi.
  • The group has received training and has been linked to Luano honey as the main buyer, which increased their production from 45 buckets of honey at the start of the programme to more than 300 in 2015. They also managed to secure the sale of their entire product.
  • 8 processors participated in the Luano Agriculture show 2015, which contributed to the visibility and marketing of Zambian honey on the local market.

Project Manager – EIF Department of Foreign Trade Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Lusaka

Economist Department of Foreign Trade Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Lusaka

Lillian Bwalya
EIF Focal Point

Cristina BANUTA
Donor Facilitator, Delegation of the European Union to Zambia

Kayula Siame
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Zambia

Ephraim Kaang'andu Belemu
National Assembly of Zambia

Whiteson Banda
National Assembly of Zambia

Charles Romel Banda
National Assembly of Zambia

Felix C Mutati
IMF Board of Governors - National Assembly of Zambia

Pauline Delay
Analyst World Bank / IFC

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