International Business Initiatives (IBI) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as implementing partners for two long-term USAID contracts, both starting in 2022. These two activities, one located in Liberia and the other in Timor-Leste, represent a continuation of IBI’s extensive experience in the West Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. Further details on each activity can be found below.
USAID/Liberia Data, Evaluation, Learning, and Technical Assistance (DELTA)
USAID/Liberia DELTA, a five-year activity, will provide analytical and advisory services to USAID/Liberia’s Office of Program and Project Development and Technical Office teams. IBI will support the Mission’s performance monitoring and evaluation, operational learning and adapting, and project design. It will also help build monitoring and evaluation capacity in Liberia. These services will play a key role in implementing the Mission’s overall 2019-2024 Country Development Cooperation Strategy. In addition, IBI will provide data to help USAID implement its Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Plan, as well as the Mission Performance Management Plan. This contract was awarded under the USAID Evaluation, Monitoring and Learning Services II (EVAL ME II) global IDIQ.
IBI worked in Liberia from 2007 to 2020. During this time, IBI implemented activities under the multi-donor Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP). It managed more than $50 million in additional governance reform activities, such as the Governance and Economic Management Support Program (GEMS) and the Digital Liberia and eGovernance project. IBI is pleased to return to Liberia to support USAID with this important project.
USAID/Timor-Leste Trade Governance Activity (TGA)
USAID/Timor-Leste TGA is a four-year program that will support the Government of Timor-Leste as it develops trade systems that are more efficient, transparent, accountable, and compliant with international standards and obligations.
The primary objectives of the Activity are to:
- Strengthen trade governance
- Optimize trade operations to meet international standards
- Increase trade facilitation and use of trade facilitation systems and instruments
IBI is excited to return to Timor-Leste, where it implemented the USAID-funded Customs Reform Project (CRP) from 2017 to 2021. CRP helped the national Customs Authority to implement a new and improved customs declaration process. The associated reforms reduced clearing times at Dili Seaport by over 60 percent and resulted in an estimated $38 million in savings for the private sector.
TGA was awarded under USAID’s Public Financial Management II (PFM II) global IDIQ contract. USAID expects that the renewed commitment to governance reform under TGA will contribute to increased trade, investment, economic growth, and international integration.