Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

United Nations
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Trade, Investment and Competitiveness in Tourism
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The EIF is a Multi-Donor programme, which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. In this way, the programme works towards a wider goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development and helping to lift more people out of poverty. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) acts as the EIF Trust Fund Manager in support of the programme. The Trust Fund Manager has signed Contribution Arrangements with all donors to the Trust Fund and has concluded Partnership Agreements with ITC, UNCTAD, UNIDO and UNDP, and the World Bank, and exchanged letters with WTO.

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Who can apply?

EIF is currently helping 51 poorest countries worldwide, supported by a multi-donor trust fund, with contributions from 23 donors.

LDCs can apply if they firstly request a form to become EIF country, which is followed by a technical review. Once approved, the LDC builds up in-country support for the trade and development agenda through stakeholder outreach, advocacy and awareness-raising and sets up a national EIF structure.

Objectives and activities

Objective: There are three main objectives:

-        Mainstream trade into national development strategies;

-        Set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance;

-        Build capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.

Main activities: The EIF process aims to strengthen donor’s support to a country’s trade agenda. LDCs can use the EIF as a vehicle to assist in coordinating donors’ support and to lever additional Aid for Trade resources, whereas donors can sign up to the EIF as a vehicle to deliver on their initial Aid for Trade Commitments.

Type and level of funding

Funding: USD 250 million over five years- and both additional and ongoing contributions are being sought.  

There are two funding facilities available: Tier 1 and Tier 2

Tier 1: identification of constraints to competitiveness, supply chain weakness and sectors of greatest growth and/or export potential. Conduct a  Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) and support the integration of trade priorities into national development and how to identify funding for key priorities.

Tier 2: Mainstream of trade into national development plans, strengthening trade institutions and building capacity needed to roll out coordinated trade and development assistance. The EIF works to support catalyst projects to overcome supply-side constraints to trade and help develop a sustainable export growth. Conduct an Action Matrix to build up trade related and supply-side capacities.