The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)) Print

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.

Zambia qualified to join the group of LDCs to benefit from the IF in 2004 and it went through the four stages of implementation which are:
1. Awareness building on the importance of trade for development.
2. Identifying needs to address the constraints faced by traders/ sectors of great export potential and responses to trade through use of an action matrix for better integration into the global trading system.
3. Integration of the identified trade priorities from the action matrix into the national development strategy.
4. Implementation of the plan to address the priorities from the action matrix in partnership with the development community.
Aim of the EIF

The EIF programme creates a genuine partnership among all EIF stakeholders to show results on the ground. Working in close cooperation are donors, six core partner agencies, observer agencies, the Executive Secretariat (ES) and the Trust Fund Manager (TFM) and other development partners who are supporting LDCs' own drive to:

  • ·mainstream trade into national development strategies;
  • ·set up structures needed to coordinate the delivery of trade-related technical assistance; and
  • ·build capacity to trade, which also includes addressing critical supply-side constraints.

The EIF process aims to strengthen donors' 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.