The Competitive Industries and Innovation Program (CIIP) is a multi-donor partnership among the World Bank Group (WBG), the European Union (EU), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat and the governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway.
CIIP partners decided that CIIP will be set up as two World Bank-executed trust funds:
The governments of Austria, Switzerland and Norway along with the European Union, fund the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF). That Trust Fund has global focus and also funds all knowledge initiatives of the CIIP.
The European Union along with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP) finance the Single-Donor Trust Fund (SDTF) through the EU European Development Fund (EDF). That Trust Fund has specific geographic focus on the African, Caribbean, and Pacific states.
Austrian Development Agency [http://www.entwicklung.at/en/ada/]
Combating poverty, ensuring peace and preserving the environment: These are the three major concerns of Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation. ADA funds about 650 projects and programmes annually with a total of EUR 500 million to improve living conditions in developing countries.
“New industrial policies are the center of economic growth strategies but remain quite controversial. While seeing most developing countries engaging on this path and sometimes registering costly failures, we decided to join the CIIP to take a practical and evidence-based approach to competitiveness and innovation. Supporting firms to lead to growth and jobs needs to be done through programs that work and are well implemented, but not necessarily based on development fashions. The World Bank team leading CIIP brings us those types of programs. They help us select, explore, and measure solutions in difficult countries. The impact of this approach goes well beyond the measured financial leverage that is well reflected in this annual report or the number of jobs created for specific country projects. It helps influence overall development strategies around private sector development in a novel but measured way.”
Dr. Guenther Schoenleitner
Director, International Financial Institutions
Federal Ministry of Finance, Austria
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is the Swiss government`s center of excellence for all core issues relating to economic and labor market policy. Their aim is to contribute to sustained economic growth, high employment and fair working conditions. They accomplish this by creating the necessary regulatory, economic and foreign policy framework.
“The partnership of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs with the World Bank Group on private sector development issues has a long and fruitful history. As we continue to strongly support the development of the Facility for Investment Climate Advisory Services, where our action across the board allows regulatory changes in developing countries, we see CIIP as a more vertical intervention where we focus on the growth of firms in specific industries or sectors. The combination of those two types of interventions is powerful. After only three years since its founding, we are pleased to see the results that CIIP has obtained so far.”
Liliana de Sa Kirchknopf
Head of Division Private Sector Development
Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research, Switzerland
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/ud/id833/]
The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas. The Ministry also works to promote peace and security, an international legal system, an economically just world order and sustainable development. In addition, the Foreign Service is responsible for giving help, advice and protection to Norwegian nationals vis-à-vis foreign authorities, as well as assisting Norwegian citizens abroad in connection with criminal proceedings, accidents, illness and death.
“Our objective, which matches our white paper on private sector development in Norwegian development cooperation, is to identify projects in which the Norwegian development assistance funds are used in cooperation with funds from the private sector. We aim to reduce risks but also to grow impact. CIIP has been using such criteria to select its country operations, and that is the reason we are interested in supporting this trust fund.”
Tom E. Eriksen
Senior Advisor, Section for Multilateral Development and Global Economic Issues
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation [https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/home_en]
The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development/cooperation policy which encompasses assistance to countries at different stages of development. DG DEVCO is also responsible for formulating European Union development policy and thematic policies in order to reduce poverty in the world, to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental development and to promote democracy, the rule of law, good governance and the respect of human rights, notably through external aid.
“The European Commission is keen to engage in partnerships that seek to provide tailored policy solutions based on dialogue, evidence, and analysis to address the complex challenges faced by many developing economies. With increased focus on ACP countries, the partnership formed under the CIIP provides an opportunity to work on practical solutions at the country level, aiming to reduce poverty through initiating and sustaining long-term processes of economic growth and jobs creation. The European Commission has recently set out its proposal for the European External Investment Plan, and the CIIP can support this effort to encourage investments in developing countries through evidence based solutions and by helping to remove obstacles to investment, by providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects, and by making smarter use of new and existing financial resources.”
Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid, European Commission, Belgium
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The ACP Group´s main objectives are: sustainable development of its Member-States and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order; coordination of the activities of the ACP Group in the framework of the implementation of ACP-EC Partnership Agreements; consolidation of unity and solidarity among ACP States, as well as understanding among their peoples; and the establishment and consolidation of peace and stability in a free and democratic society.