The development came during the Enhanced Integrated Framework Global Platform which was held on March 17 to 19 in Geneva.
According to a dispatch, Ambassador Ergin Soner of Turkey, who is also donor facilitator for The Gambia, attended the platform along with the Gambian delegation Mr Bai Ibrahim Jobe and Mr Modou Touray.
It states: “One of the main objectives of the EIF Global Platform is to share and learn from various country experiences with the EIF Programme. The EIF Global Platform paved the way for a report containing inputs on the draft programme framework for the second phase of the EIF programme and its revised governance arrangements. The outcomes of the EIF Global Platform will contribute to developing a more dynamic, flexible and results-oriented EIF, which demonstrates improved effectiveness, efficiency and value for money.
“The EIF is a multi-donor programme, which supports Least Developed Countries (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 50 LDCs worldwide, supported by a multi-donor trust fund, the EIF Trust Fund, with contributions from 23 donors.
“Major activities of the EIF in The Gambia could be summarised as follows: funded projects – Sector Competitiveness and Export Development Project, at the tune of 2.4 million dollars and Trade Facilitation Project, which amounts to 2.4 million dollars. Pending Projects – Inclusive Tourism Development, Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Capacity in The Gambia, Sustainable Fisheries Development and Sector Development Strategies for Cashew and Sesame.”]]>