Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Central and West Africa and Haiti Regional Workshop
Bamako, Mali, 8‐10 December 2010
The regional Central and West Africa and Haiti workshop hosted by the Government of Mali in Bamako marks a step forward in the delivery of the EIF trade and development programme in the region. The focus was on how to support countries to achieve results, share good practice, highlight challenges and set out a future roadmap for progress.
Representatives were invited from 17 countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea‐Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. EIF country representatives were accompanied by international agencies including ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNIDO, UNOPS, the IMF, WTO, bilateral donors and the African Development Bank.
During the workshop, there was a lively exchange of views and country experiences from across the EIF, from those who have started out in the programme to other countries' longstanding involvement, as is the case in Mali and the success story of the mango sector.
Emerging topics from the workshop include the challenges that exist in putting trade at the heart of a country's development strategy across cross‐cutting areas of governance, security, business climate, rural development, education and environmental policies.
An additional theme centred on how to make the most of the EIF partnership at the national level, for example using the role of the donor facilitator and the various agencies to greater effect and in support of stronger delivery on the ground. Making sure local structures that are already in place in support of the programme work better and ensuring these are sustainable was seen as a vital foundation for achieving concrete results and outcomes.
A primary focus throughout the discussions was a forward look on developing quality trade and development projects through the EIF programme that tackle supply‐side constraints to trade, and, as such, creating new levels of employment and income generation. Using an effective results tool to monitor the impact of the projects was also considered essential.
As part of the next steps following the workshop, the EIF Executive Secretariat (ES) is running a capacity building programme in 2011 to offer ongoing support to countries in a number of areas. One module of the programme will focus on trade mainstreaming, while another will look at the tools available to develop quality, results‐based project proposals. Alongside these modules, the EIF ES and UNOPS as the Trust Fund Manager will continue to support and bring new projects on board in close partnership with EIF agencies and other partners. A Monitoring and Evaluation expert and a new Communications Unit will also support countries in managing better for results, as well as in how to communicate outcomes and better engage local stakeholders in delivery through outreach and advocacy.
Upcoming high‐level events for the EIF in 2011 that will showcase results and map out the programme's future strategic direction include the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, 9‐13 May and the Third Global Aid for Trade Review, 18‐19 July.