In 2016, the European Union (EU) was ranked as the fourth largest trading partner of the Philippines whilst the Philippines is the EU’s sixth largest trading partner in the ASEAN region. The EU and the Philippines have had a long-standing relationship that dated back to the 1970s when the EU began dialoguing formally with the Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which the Philippines was one of the founding members. This dialogue was formalised in the 1980s with the EC-ASEAN Cooperation Agreement which legally enshrined the EU-Philippine relations. Since 2014, the Philippines has benefitted from the greater trade preference to the EU market under the EU’s Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+). The EU has been providing the Philippines with Trade-Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) since 2005 – the current programme to be evaluated being the third major instalment (TRTA 3). The purpose of such assistance has been to support the Philippines’ integration into international and regional trading and investment systems in order to stimulate economic development, inclusive growth and poverty reduction for the Philippines. The principal objective of this assignment was to provide feedback on the key results achieved during the implementation of the aforementioned programme compared with its initial objectives as well as lessons learned. The specific objective comprised an independent evaluation on the EU-Philippines TRTA 3 programme in light of synergies with other donor programmes and future EU assistance. The focus of this final evaluation of TRTA 3 followed a result-oriented approach and will explore in a constructive, objective, impartial and evidence-based manner the cause/effect relations, linking the project inputs and outputs to higher-level outcomes and development impact. It focused on impact assessment, sustainability and capacity development against the targets set out in the project’s Logical Framework.

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