Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2010
DTIS update 2016
WTO accession 2004

With EIF support, trade has been incorporated as a priority area in Nepal’s 13th Development Plan.

The Ministry of Finance allocated funds for key ministries to implement the recommendations of the EIF-supported Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS). The NTIS prioritized 19 products with high export potential and the EIF is providing targeted assistance for three of those products: pashmina, ginger and medicinal and aromatic plants.

In order to ensure continuity, all activities implemented by the EIF are integrated into the Government’s organizational structure.

MOU 30/03/10
Budget 941'687
End date 31/08/18

EIF worked to ensure faster growth, poverty alleviation through job creation and enhanced sustainability of trade development.


  • The NTIS was validated in November 2015 and represents a major milestone in Nepal’s efforts to integrate trade into the national economy. The NTIS charts out necessary action in cross-cutting areas such as trade capacity-building, trade and transport facilitation, standards and technical regulations, and intellectual property rights. The NTIS also identifies priority potential export sectors.
  • Nepal was supported in developing its 2015 Agriculture Development Strategy with a focus on trade.
  • Trade was incorporated in sector strategies for tourism, industry, health and foreign aid.
MOU 08/06/12
Budget 700'642
End date 31/12/15

EIF worked to increase incomes of ginger farmers through improvements in Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) arrangements and value addition for exports, together with partners FAO and STDF.


  • 1,891 farmers were trained in seed production, storage, marketing, SPS/post-harvest loss, safe handling and location-based ginger production.
  • Created ginger washing and processing facility to increase exports and garner new markets for Nepal's ginger.
  • Increased farmer level income by 62%.
  • Decreased post-harvest loss by 30%.
  • Increased ginger rhizome production by 4%.
MOU 18/06/13
Budget 1'861'603
End date 30/04/18

EIF is working to contribute to the economic and social development of Nepal through the export growth of Chyangra Pashmina products.


  • 751 participants trained in international marketing, design/collection development, merchandising, trade fair participation and export readiness
  • Supported enterprises increased Chynagra Pashmina exports by 16%
  • Diversification of pashmina products from woven to knitted items, increasing enterprises revenue by almost 200% to over US$5 million in 2016
  • Contributed to the creation of 214 additional jobs.
MOU 14/01/14
Budget 3'580'000
End date 12/03/19

EIF is focusing on six districts in the Mid-Western and Far-Western development regions of Nepal. The majority of activities are being implemented through private sector actors who have high interest in a reliable supply chain and strengthened market linkages to cater to market demand. The three desired outcomes are:

  • Improving production and manufacturing practices, with a focus on sustainability and marketability of products.
  • Strengthening the capacities of Government offices, private associations and locals to coordinated project-related activities.
  • Improving market access for value‑added products to priority export destinations through collective marketing and branding.


  • The two main sectoral commodity associations, Jadibuti Association of Nepal (JABAN) and the Nepal Herbs and Herbal Products Association (NEHHPA) had an increase in membership of 20% and 12%.
  • 2,535 collectors equipped with sustainable harvesting equipment.
  • Supported: (i) 573 farmers to cultivate mentha (Mentha arvensis) in 194 ha land producing 5,505 kg of oil and sold @ NPR1 1350 per kg. Likewise, 56 farmers were supported to cultivate kurilo (Asparagus racemosus) in 5.6 ha land; 597 farmers were supported to cultivate timur (Zenthoxylum amartum) in 7.3 ha land; 283 farmers were supported to cultivate tejpat (Cinnamomum tamala) in 42.6 ha of land; and 191 farmers were supported to cultivate chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) in 52.6 ha land.
  • Nepal DTIS Action Matrix (2003)

  • Nepal Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2003)

  • Nepal Trade Integration Strategy: Background Report (2010)

  • Nepal Trade Integration Strategy: Executive Summary and Action Matrix (2010)

  • EIF Nepal Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1 (June-Dec. 2010)

  • EIF Nepal Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 2 (Jan.-June 2011)

  • EIF Nepal Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 1 (July-Dec. 2012)

  • Nepal Trade Magazine Issue 1 (2011)

  • Nepal Trade Magazine Issue 2 (2012)

  • Nepal Trade Magazine Issue 3 (2012)

  • Nepal Trade Magazine Issue 4 (2012)

  • EIF Nepal Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 2 (July-Dec. 2013)

  • Nepal Trade Integration Strategy: Executive Summary and Action Matrix (2010)

  • Trading stories: Nepal (2013)

  • Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (2016)

  • Nepal Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (2017)

  • Nepal Trade Integration Study Highlights Infographic (2018)

  • eTrade Readiness Assessments of Land-Locked Developing Countries