|Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS)||2008|
EIF is supporting Liberia to integrate trade in its government policies and implement trade‑related capacity building.
EIF aims at supporting Liberia's integration into the global trading system through strengthening the country's capacity to formulate and implement trade policies, mainstream trade in the national development plan and improve donor coordination on Aid for Trade.
- All donor‑funded initiatives, including the EIF National Implementation Unit, have been incorporated under one umbrella called the Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU), operated from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- The SPIU coordinated the production of the Liberia WTO Post‑Accession Strategy and Implementation Plan. This Plan lists key trade facilitation milestones linking to the National Export Strategy and the National Trade Policy. Its objectives are broadly anchored on both policy and technical levels, and plan was endorsed by President Sirleaf-Johnson through an Executive Order. Since accession, the Post Accession Plan remains Liberia's primary tool to continue its economic reform agenda.
- Several key projects were identified to support Liberia’s economic transformation in the tourism and rubberwood sectors.
- Tourism and rubberwood furniture export strategies were launched with technical support from ITC. The studies resulted from consultations with more than 200 policymakers, trade and investment support institutions and enterprises. These efforts helped the government develop plans to diversify its export portfolio into the tourism and wooden furniture sectors.
- 571 beneficiaries (392 men, 179 women) participated in capacity‑building activities.
- The Liberia Market Place, a one-stop showcase and sales shop for locally produced products, was established and promoted Liberian products at a wide range of events. The Liberian Marketplace also creates a space to improve SMEs' access to market opportunities and has connected hundreds of rural farmers to paying urban customers and provided income for families.
E-Trade Readiness Assessment
The objective of the study is to provide the Liberian authorities with a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the country’s readiness for eTrade. The demand-driven readiness assessment for Liberia provides a basic analysis of the current e-commerce situation in the country, and identifies opportunities and barriers.
JEFFERSON J. FAHN
Ministry of Commerce, Liberia
National Program Officer, Embassy of Sweden, Liberia
Counsellor, Head of Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden