Trade Mainstreaming in Lao PDR

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Trade Mainstreaming in Lao PDR. Mr. Phouvieng phongsa Niu director National implementation unit FTPD, Ministry of Industry and Commerce Lao PDr. Overview. I. Historical context II. Progress in mainstreaming to date III. Future aims and plans. I. Historical Context. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation





  • Overview

    I. Historical context

    II. Progress in mainstreaming to date

    III. Future aims and plans*

  • I. Historical ContextEconomic reform in Lao PDR new economic mechanismAccession to WTO next working group Sept 2010Deepening membership of ASEANOther bilateral agreementsGradual progression in mainstreamingLink Trade Development Agenda to National Development Agenda (NSEDP)Trade and Private Sector Development Sub-Group (part of Round Table process)


  • II: Progress in mainstreaming to dateHow we got to where we are: IF process to dateDTIS & Action Matrix (2006) - consolidated analysis of various sectors & demonstrated reach of trade in other line ministries and the private sectorIF Window II project (2007-2010) - established our National Integrated Governance Structure (NIFGS)Trade Development Facility (TDF, 2008-2012) Multi-Donor Trust Funds providing resources to implement Action Matrix activities through the NIFGS


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    National IF Governance Structure


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  • Task Force example: Trade Facilitation

    Trade FacilitationLead Agency: ImportExport Department, MOIC Members: Customs Department, MOF Foreign Trade Policy Department, MOIC Department of Intellectual, Standard and Methodology, National Authority of Science Consul Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Economics Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Planning Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Immigration Department, Ministry of Public Security Transport Department, Ministry of Public Work and Transport Industry Department, MOIC

  • Example GSEU: DPCP*

  • The NIUPart of the newly formed ODA Division in the Foreign Trade Policy DepartmentLed by Director level, reporting to the DG and Vice-Minister (IF FP)Growth in team over the last two yearsComprised of a mix of Government officers / officials and contracted Lao staffRoles: Primarily planning, coordination, finance and procurementDecentralisation to line ministries / departments is key for project implementation*

  • The NIU*

  • III: Future Aims and PlansEIF Tier 1 further strengthening of NIU, update of DTISLeveraging additional fundsJapanese finance to scale up an existing projectGerman co-fundingSECO UN Cluster programmeNew way of working with UN AgenciesDTIS Laos Trade Integration Strategy*

  • Key elements of the DTIS updateMove from study to strategy. Key in implementing the National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP 7, 2011-1015)Nationally owned, led and independently financed (EIF)High level of coordination with key Agencies & stakeholdersIntegration of Trade and Private Sector issuesTowards a Trade SWAp


  • Some ChallengesWe are still learningConstraints in terms of number of senior government officials available to monitor extra staff & projectsInter-Ministerial coordination is never going to be easyAligning with DP programming objectives, reporting and implementation requirements.*

  • Key Success FactorsPolitical will and driveDriven by National Planning DocumentsFormal structures established to enable cross departmental and inter-ministerial coordination to take placeFinance and activities within control of the Government which increases ownership and cooperationIncreased alignment of DP activities (esp. EIF, TDF, Multi-Donor Trust Fund & Trade Executive Committee.Able to learn from the progress of others*

  • Thank you


    *This slide is to just give an introduction to the presentation.

    Personal introduction of yourselfYour current position, and how long you have been NIU DirectorA short history of yourself, particularly focus on WTO experience and being part of the DTIS 2006 team

    History - Trade mainstreaming in Laos has got to be seen within the broader context of economic reform and commitment to international engagement and integrationProgress will focus on the last couple of yearsFuture Plans - Where we would like to go*

    Regional and biilateralsAsia Pacific Trade AgreementBilaterals such as US etc...

    Mainstreaming of trade is of critical importance, but needs to be sequenced

    *Talk through the broad operations and role of each level of the NIFGS, particularly paying attention to the link between the GSEUs and the Task Forces. Also how the NCEI is composed (Chair etc...), and the IF Secretariat. There will be seperate slides for the other levels. Also talk through the Trade Executive Committee and the aim to coordinate AfT activities. Part of a push to align activities, reporting and administrative arrangements

    Talk briefly about the NIU, although the further details will be provided in following slides on NIU*


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