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The Private Sector Development Reform Programme (PSDRP) Print E-mail

The Private Sector Development Reform Programme (PSDRP) is a framework of the Government of the Republic of Zambia aimed at reducing the cost of doing business in the country and encouraging competitiveness in the private sector. PSDRP targets to fast track and accelerate private sector reforms in a number of key sectors which are expected to lead to an improved competitive business environment.

The initiative was launched in 2005 with the purpose of promoting investment in the private business sector. The cost of doing business in Zambia was too high, effecting foreign and domestic investment.

The PSD is collaboration between the Zambian government and the private sector, promoting quality of service and private investment by addressing numerous issues involving finances, infrastructure, and bureaucracy.

Some of the PSD initiatives recent successes include reducing the amount of time it takes to register a company, speeding up the border clearance time, and a large reduction in the number of licenses required to start and operate a business in Zambia. These are just the beginning of the PSD initiative's projects to bolster the private business sector in Zambia, transforming this country's promising resources into a worldwide market for quality goods and services.

Visit website: http://www.psdp.org.zm

Joint UNIDO-WTO Trade Capacity Building Programme Framework for Zambia
The project aims to enhance the export performance of the Republic of Zambia by creating conditions for strengthening the national legislative framework supporting standards, technical regulations, metrology, testing and quality, addressing deficiencies in standards, testing, metrology and certification capabilities, establishing a credible conformity assessment infrastructure and fostering integration into the multilateral trading system. Internal trade benefits to accrue concomitantly.

Project Summary:
UNIDO and the WTO signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2003 and established a partnership to assist developing economies to overcome challenges that they face in accessing world markets.  In this a three-pronged approach is followed, namely: (i) Development of supply side capacity and competitiveness; (ii) Enhancement of the access to conformity assessment services to market requirements; (iii) Development of connectivity to the global market and integration into the multilateral trading system. 
The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)) Print E-mail

The The Enhanced Integrated Framework(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 programme is currently helping 47 LDCs worldwide, supported by a multi-donor trust fund, the EIF Trust Fund, with contributions from 22 donors.

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) originates from the Integrated Framework (IF) which was launched in 1997. It was an initiative by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Trade Center (ITC), United Nations Center for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO). The initiative was as a result of the mandate from the first WTO ministerial conference held in December 1996 in Singapore.

The IF attempted to respond to the trade development needs of least developed countries to enable them be integrated in the multilateral trading system, for them to benefit from it and be actively involved in its processes.
In an effort to make the IF more effective it was enhanced and is now the EIF and it is hoped that it will address the shortcomings of the IF by increasing ownership on the part of LDCs which includes the setting up of national implementation units.