Strengthening Nigeria’s Trade Support Institutions (SNTSI)EU

Strengthening Nigeria’s Trade Support Institutions (SNTSI)

Funding: European Union and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Programme Area: Federal level and selected states and border areas in Nigeria
Programme Duration: 2013 – 2017

The Strengthening Nigeria’s Trade Support Institutions (SNTSI) Programme aims to improve the capacity of Trade Support Institutions to facilitate trade through an effective management of trade policy and customs reforms.

The beneficiaries of this programme are the Federal Government of Nigeria through its respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), particularly the Federal Ministry for Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and other relevant non-state actors. The main target group of this project includes the owners and employees of MSMEs and the members of other economically active low-income households.

Programme Outline and Approach

The programme objective is pursued via four pillars:

Pillar 1) Capacity development of FMITI: FMITIs institutional and trade policy capacities are strengthened to support trade integration in the ECOWAS sub-region and the Multilateral Trading System. For this purpose, trainings and coaching are provided on resource management, trade policy development and implementation. FMITI will be supported to spearhead multi-stakeholder trade policy dialogue and donor coordination. Research and the necessary information are provided to design and implement the respective trade policy measures. A monitoring and reporting tool on ECOWAS rules and regulations is implemented.

Pillar 2) Capacity development of NCS: NCS capacity is strengthened to implement, monitor and report on trade facilitation-related policy measures agreed at ECOWAS and national level. The capacity of the NCS Command and Staff College in Gwagwalada will be reinforced, enabling NCS to provide appropriate training to its staff. This is facilitated through an academic partnership with an international Centre of Excellence in the field of customs administration. Standard training curricula and modules are developed and Training-of-Trainers courses conducted. NCS technical skills will be improved to develop joint border control procedures, exchange information on trade flows and conduct impact analysis on import/export policy changes in collaboration with other customs formations of neighbouring countries.

Pillar 3) Capacity development of OPS/NSA: The capacity of OPS and other key non-state actors is strengthened to play a proactive role in trade policy making and implementation. OPS and other non-state actors are trained on trader‘s rights and obligations under Nigerian and ECOWAS trade related policy frameworks. Case studies are conducted on trade barriers faced by non-oil products imports and exports to and from Nigeria. An easily usable reporting mechanism on violation of ECOWAS rules on the limitation of check points and other malpractices is implemented.

Pillar 4) Programme governance and sector policy review: A Programme Governance Structure and a Development Partner coordination mechanism are established. A Sector Policy Review Mechanism to facilitate Development Partner coordination and inter-agency trade policy dialogue is put in place.

As to further maximize the achievement of the project’s objectives, SNTSI is complemented by the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDIN) funded by the German Government and which is being
implemented by GIZ as well.