On improving the investment climate, ECOPA has worked with international organizations to improve the formalization of small businesses, access to credit and, more generally, Doing Business indicators.

On trade, ECOPA has developed specialized analytic expertise. Its approach, combining state-of-the-art modelling techniques with strong field experience, generates robust and well-researched recommendations on trade-related decisions. ECOPA’s projects have involved the deployment of large-scale computable general and partial equilibrium models to assess the impact of regional and bilateral trade agreements.

Projects

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  • Investment Climate
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An impact evaluation of IFC investment climate program in Mali

ECOPA has been selected by IFC to evaluate its assistance program for investment climate reforms in Mali. This evaluation includes an analysis of the impact of the war (2012-2014) on the economy, using the Synthetic Control Method.

Impact evaluation of SECO program in Africa, for IFC

ECOPA implements an impact assessment of the SECO (Swiss cooperation) investment climate program in Africa, for IFC. For IFC (2018).

An Impact Assessment of OHADA Reforms

In association with Economisti Associati, ECOPA led an impact assessment of OHADA investment climate reforms. This includes the use of the Synthetic Control Method for isolating the impact of the program on key impact indicators such as job creation, investment and business registration. The final report is available here. For IFC / World Bank (2017).

Guidelines for preparation of costs and benefits assessments of investment projects in Morocco

ECOPA carried out a review of the investment climate with a focus on business registration and investment incentives. This included the preparation of a manual for costs and benefits assessments of investment projects submitted to the National Investment Commission. Activities included: A cost/benefit analysis of the portfolio of approved investment projects, where costs were the […]

Net fiscal impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (Central Africa)

For TradeCom (a EU agency) and the Central African region, ECOPA developed a set of economic models to evaluate the net fiscal impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union in the eight countries of the Central African region (Congo Brazzaville, DRC, São Tomé & Principe, Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Central […]

Promoting a favorable fiscal environment for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Senegal

In two successive missions, ECOPA was commissioned by the ILO in Senegal to review the investment climate of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSMEs) on (i) business taxation and (ii) business registration (including management of the Registre du Commerce et du Crédit Mobilier). Recommendations were produced on tax regime simplification for SMEs and RCCM improvements. For the […]

SME development in Haiti

ECOPA assisted the ILO in designing an assistance program for SME development in Haiti. This project covered the analysis of the institutional and regulatory framework in the specific context of the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Special attention was paid to employment and revenue generation in micro enterprises, particularly in the construction sector — […]

Cost-benefit analysis of investment incentives in Tunisia

ECOPA carried out the preparation and analysis of an exhaustive micro database on tax and financial investment incentives and related employment & investment over the last 10 years. Macro-level data on impact indicators (employment and investments) was mapped with micro-level data from a survey data from 139 Tunisian SMEs to provide a cost-benefit analysis for […]

Development of a trade data base in Sudan

ECOPA undertook this one-person assignment that is part of a broader project aiming at strengthening the Sudan national capacity for EPA negotiations and for EPA implementation and monitoring. The assignment included: (i) Assessing and recording the current availability and quality of trade data (goods and services) in Sudan; (ii) Assessing the level of competence and […]

Study on the Implementation of the MSG Trade Agreement and Roadmap for Future Regional Integration

ECOPA assisted the member states of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in deciding the future direction of the MSG Trade Agreement (MSGTA). The specific objectives of the study were to: (i) assess the implementation of the current MSGTA, its impact on trade and economic performance in MSG countries with a view to improving its performance; […]

Technical Assistance to support Pacific ACP States to prepare their trade in goods market access offers for the purpose of EPA negotiations

The overall objective of this project was to assist the 7 countries of the Pacific Island Forum in preparing their EPA trade in goods offers. For this project, ECOPA developed an EPA Data Tool (based on a partial equilibrium model) to analyze and formulate EPA offers. The Data Tool was built upon trade flows and […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on the Congolese economy

ECOPA led this three-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Central Africa) in Congo. The study used a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the economy of Congo, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on customs revenue and domestic taxation

ECOPA has led this three-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and ECOWAS) in Mali. The study used a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model of the Malian economy, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided an evaluation […]

Study of the benefits and disadvantages of STP’s accession to CEMAC

ECOPA led this evaluation of STP’s accession to the Monetary and Economic Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), including the impact of the Economic Partnership Association (EPA) between CEMAC and the EU and the accession to the CFA monetary zone. The study provides accompanying measures to support the regional integration process and includes a macroeconomic dynamic […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on customs revenue and domestic taxation

ECOPA led this 3-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Central Africa) in Cameroon. The study relied on a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model of the economy of Cameroon, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided […]

National Strategy for the Development of the Industrial Sector

ECOPA led this 7-person World Bank-funded assignment on the development of an Industrial Strategy for Cape Verde. The analysis covered: (i) human capital and technological attainment; (ii) subsectoral competitive advantages in agro-industry, textile and clothing, leather and building materials and potential for inclusion into global value chains and attraction of foreign investment in those sectors; […]