Building trade and productive capacities in LDCs with the EIF

Building trade and productive capacities in LDCs with the EIF

VIENNA, 26 November 2019 - UNIDO has published a brochure detailing its partnership and cooperation with the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), a multi-donor programme with the goal of promoting economic growth and sustainable development, while reducing poverty, in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  

The EIF and UNIDO both aim to enable LDCs to use trade as an engine for national development in order to move towards graduation from LDC status and beyond. UNIDO and the EIF base their cooperation on the shared core values of partnership, country ownership, the enhancement of trade sectors, and inclusive and sustainable development.

The new publication highlights the many ways in which UNIDO contributes to the EIF. One of these is through country-specific trade analysis in the form of Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTIS). Through the DTIS, UNIDO is able to design customized technical cooperation solutions and encourage systematic trade across value chains, aimed at maximum impact. UNIDO has supported DTIS in 26 countries ensuring that trade-related challenges, particularly Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) are addressed.

UNIDO’s practical programmes for helping LDCs are based on a strong policy framework. Following the Ministerial Conference of the UN on LDCs in Istanbul in 2011, and the UNIDO Ministerial Conference on LDCs in Lima in 2013, UNIDO articulated its operational strategy, emphasizing its Programme for Country Partnerships (PCP). These align its initiatives with the national industrialization priorities of the country concerned, along with partnership with other UN agencies and public and business sector organizations. PCPs are currently ongoing in the following LDCs: Cambodia, Ethiopia and Senegal, and new PCPs are being developed to support the industrialization goals of Rwanda and Zambia, amongst others.

UNIDO further contributes to the EIF by consistently supporting LDCs through targeted capacity building activities such as national and regional workshops, monitoring and evaluation training, and the strengthening of institutions. Capacity building also includes e-learning and online learning tools, which are available on UNIDO’s Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII) Knowledge Hub. A TII Academy interactive training platform is embedded in the Knowledge Hub and provides a number of online training courses aimed at participants from LDCs and designed to meet their needs.

Click here to read Building Trade and Productive Capacities in LDCs: Cooperation between UNIDO and the Enhanced Integrated Framework.

Click here to access the UNIDO TII Training Academy