Ministry of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community Affairs and UNDP Launch New Project to strengthen Trade in South Sudan

Oct 26, 2018

Minister of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community (EAC) Affairs Hon. Paul Mayom Akec (third from left) and UNDP South Sudan Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen (second from left) during a press conference in Juba.

26 October 2018, Juba—The Ministry of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community Affairs launched a new project aimed to strengthen trade and catalyze inclusive development in South Sudan, at a ceremony held in their headquarters in Juba on 25 October. 

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) Tier I Project is funded by the EIF, a multi-donor global partnership for least developed countries, and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project aims to strengthen institutional capacities of South Sudan to formulate and implement trade related policies targeting the process of trade integration. 

The Tier 1 Project will be executed over three years and will target (1) building human resource capacity, (2) preparing and updating the Diagnostic Trade Integrated Study (DTIS) for South Sudan, and (3) facilitating and supporting the mainstreaming of trade actions.

The project will further provide a platform to engage the government, private sector and civil society on trade and other economic matters.

In a press statement the Minister of Trade, Industry and East Africa Community (EAC) Affairs Hon. Paul Mayom Akec stated:” The role of the Government of South Sudan and capacity of the sectoral ministries must be stepped up with a central role assumed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. UNDP and partners are contributing US$900,000, and we on our part are making in-kind contribution of $153,000.” 

“We know once the project takes off it will enhance the requisite capacity of the Ministry. We need an introduction to East Africa Community market and we need an introduction to the World Trade Organisation (WTO),” Hon. Akec continued.

UNDP South Sudan Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen stated that Tier 1 project will support the mainstreaming of trade into the national development plan and harness government facilitation efforts to include the private sector in creating an enabling environment to grow domestic competitiveness.

To deliver, “this process requires strong commitment, it requires counterpart funding, discipline, accountability and above all it needs that peace is sustained, that is the only way we can unleash the trade potential in this country,” added Dr. Kamaluddeen.

Launched by the Ministry of Trade and UNDP in October 2014, the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for South Sudan is the cornerstone of the EIF programme, as it serves as a national trade policy and programming framework. The DTIS provides a roadmap, through its Action Matrix, to build domestic markets and leverage regional and international trade for sustainable economic development in South Sudan. The DTIS and its Action Matrix will be used to create the actionable national Aid for Trade (AfT) implementation plans (known as Tier I), as part of the new project.

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