Showcasing a partnership approach in supporting the IPoA in the LDCs: The EIF

May 5, 2016 to May 30, 2016 — Antalya, Turkey

Showcasing a partnership approach in supporting the IPoA in the LDCs: The EIF

Organizers: Executive Secretariat for the EIF, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNIDO, UNWTO, WTO and World Bank

29 May 2016, 8.15-9.45 a.m., Adriatic II, Hotel Titanic Belek

Event programme:


Moderator:  H.E. Ms Yvette Stevens, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Geneva and EIF Board Chair




  • H.E. Mr Axel Marcel Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Liberia
  • H.E. Mr Eloi Laourou, Ambassador of Benin in Geneva and WTO LDC Group Coordinator
  • Mr Bernardo Calzadilla,  Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO
  • Mrs Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Ms. Daniela Zehentner-Capell, Head of Division, Trade Related Development Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany


Agency interventions:


  • Mr Marcos Neto, Director, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Mr Taufiqur Rahman, Head, LDC Unit, Development Division, World Trade Organization (WTO), and EIF Board Representative
  • Mr Patrick Osakwe, Head, Trade and Poverty Branch, Division for Africa, LDCs and Special Programmes, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Ms Zoritsa Urosevic, Representative of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to the United Nations in Geneva


Questions and Answers



The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) is a unique global partnership that helps to build trade capacity in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Through technical, institutional and financial support, the EIF helps the LDCs to diversify their economies and expand trade, moving along the path to graduation, and contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through the global network of 48 LDCs plus three graduated countries (Cabo Verde, Maldives and Samoa), 24 Donors and 8 International Partner Agencies, the EIF programme provides an integrated and coordinated framework to support the LDCs' efforts to leverage trade for sustainable development. Aligned with Paragraph C. 3(e) of the IPoA, the EIF programme has been a critical mechanism and catalyst for development partner engagement and support to the LDCs' broader efforts in addressing supply-side constraints, building trade and productive capacity and export diversification and reducing poverty. Showcasing the EIF's unique partnership approach, this side event will profile country case stories and initiatives which demonstrate the role of the EIF as a framework for the coordination of trade‑related development assistance to the LDCs, based on country ownership and working in pursuit of the IPoA objectives.