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In April 2013, the European Union and the Federal Government of Nigeria signed a Financing Agreement for the amount of €19M to support the Nigerian Government in developing policies and implementing measures to improve Nigeria's competitiveness in the non-oil related sectors by improving business/investment climate and facilitating international trade contributing to job creation and poverty alleviation. In the implementation of the programme, the EU entered into three agreements with UNIDO, GIZ and DFID. In July 2013, the EU signed a contribution Agreement with UNIDO to implement the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) of Nigeria project with a grant of €12,000,000. In August of the same year, a Delegation Agreement was signed with GIZ to implement the Strengthening Nigeria's Trade Support Institutions (SNTSI project) with a grant amount of €3,315,000, and finally in October, 2014 an Indirect Management Delegated Agreement (IMDA) was executed with DFID for the implementation of the Support for the Improvement of Business and Investment Climate in Nigeria (BIC) project with a grant of €3,385,000. The AETS evaluation provided the EU and other partners with an assessment of the project's performance in terms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the support provided to the key beneficiaries of the programme especially the FMITI, the NCS, the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Consumer Protection Commission (CPC), Kano and Kaduna State Governments, the OPS and others. The global objective of the evaluation was to provide the relevant externat co-operation services of the European Union, the partner government and the wider public with: • an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the Nigeria Competitiveness Support Programme paying particularly attention to the results of the programme against its objectives; • key lessons and recommendations in order to improve current and future actions. The purpose of this contract was to assess the overall impact of the Nigeria Competitiveness Support Programme, with reference to the provisions in the programme's Financing Agreement, log-frame and work-plans. In addition to assessing the tangible impact of the programme, the evaluation drew out the key lessons learned from the implementation of the programme so far, and where necessary, made informed recommendations to guide the implementation of the remaining period and for future programing. Specifically, AETS assessed the: 1. Relevance of the Programme : The evaluator will determine if the programme las correctly identified the problems and that the means are appropriate and adequate. 2. Programme Design and Implementation : Assess the Programme design and the logic of the link between the specific objectives and the expected results. 3. Validity of assumptions : Determine if the assumptions are still valid and if/how they are affecting the programmes and determine if other assumptions have emerged. 4. Efficiency of Programme Implementation : Assess the subsequent progress in implementation of the programme and its individual components. 5. Effectiveness : Assess the effectiveness of the organisational structures in place to reach the programme's objectives. This should include structures, internai implementation procedures, and allocation of staffing, reporting relations, tools, and procedures. 6. Impact : The evaluator will assess the relevance of any existing set of indicators (process, result and impact) and mechanisms that have been defined to measure benefits and impact. 7. Alternatives and recommendations : Provide recommendations for the improvement of the overall implementation of the programme as per criteria listed above (I to 6); Determine if the same effects/impacts could be achieved through different ways, for the same results. The evaluator will examine the viability of alternative activities and implementation approaches, and offer recommendations for future programmes as appropriate.

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