DFID has been exploring options to provide support for countries and regions transitioning European Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in order to make best use of the agreements. One way in which they are doing this is by developing Expanding Trade and Investment Plans (ETIPs) for a number of priority regions. This includes East and Southern Africa (excluding SACU+ Mozambique where a programme is already in place), West and Central Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions. The ETIPs will make practical recommendations for projects and programmes to support EPA partner countries in implementing and benefiting from EPAs.
The four regional ETIPs were launched under TAF2+ in August 2018. To date, a series of country consultations have taken place to identify priority areas and associated recommendations for interventions for improving product competitiveness, based on political economy analysis as well as operational deliverability. Validation workshops, bringing together key stakeholders including the private sector and civil society, are expected to take place prior to the finalisation of the ETIPs to ensure that the interventions proposed are appropriate and feasible. The final ETIP recommendations will complement DFID and other development partners’ existing Aid for Trade programming.Ex