Stocktaking of the World Bank’s Global Trade Facilitation Support Program

The Project at A Glance

Trade facilitation plays an important role in a country’s economic development as it enhances competitiveness by reducing time and cost to import and export. The Trade Facilitation Support Program (TFSP), a flagship technical assistance program administered by the World Bank Group, supports countries in aligning their trade practices and procedures with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). A “mid-term” stock-take was undertaken in 2019, covering June 2014 to June 2018. This mid-term stock-take aimed to assess TFSP’s performance, identify lessons learned, and areas where improvements can be made.

International Economics will conduct a follow-up stock-take/assessment & learning review that picks up from the mid-term, covering July 2018 to June 2023.

What We Found

International Economics will focus on the following objectives for the stocktaking of the TFSP:

  1. Provide an independent, updated assessment of TFSP’s performance and results achieved from July 2018 to date to the TFSP’s stakeholders, including how TFSP has progressed in integrating the recommendations made during the mid-term stock-take;
  2. Identify lessons learned and areas to improve the TFSP’s effectiveness; and
  3. Assess how TFSP has complemented other trade facilitation programs particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, including building partnerships and coordinating with other organizations/ donors in-country as well as at the global level.

Our Strategy and Impact

The team will follow the OECD‐Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria for development effectiveness (relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability) and the OECD DAC Standards for Development Evaluations for the stocktaking/assessment and learning review.

Our Core Solutions

Governments, international donors, and the private sector face many important questions on the expected outputs and impact before, during and after the implementation of their projects. This is where International Economics Consulting’s team of experts, using innovative methodologies to collect and analyse data, can assist you in tracking the economic, social, and environmental aspects of your project.

Applying our analysis and research knowledge, we help our clients maximise efficiency and improve their development objectives. Through the lessons learnt and the feedback mechanisms we implement in our monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) processes, we support institutional strengthening and the re-alignment of resources to ensure the sustainability and maximum impact of projects, helping our clients make well-informed strategic decisions.

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