Studies, typically Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DITS) using this template: DTIS Template, have been prepared for these countries (links are in the country's initiative book under COFOG 04): Afghanistan Angola Bangladesh Benin Bhutan Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cape Verde Central African Republic Chad Comoros Congo, Dem. Rep. Djibouti Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia, the Guinea Guinea-Bissau Haiti Kiribati Lao PDR Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Maldives Mali Mauritania Mozambique Nepal Niger Rwanda Samoa Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Sudan Tanzania Timor-Leste Togo Tuvalu Uganda Vanuatu Yemen, Rep. Zambia

Brief Description

Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) for trade-related assistance for Least Developed Countries (IF)



The 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 donors1.

The multi-donor program was established by WTO trade ministers in 1996. The participating agencies are:

  • the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • the International Trade Center (ITC),
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
  • the World Bank,
  • the World Trade Organization (WTO (atlas page)).


To promote the integration of the least developed countries (LDCs) into the global economy.

By 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.

Time Window

Started: 1997 (set up as the Integrated Framework at the WTO )
Ends: ongoing

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