Various AMIR studies have emphasized the shortcomings in trade and investment systems
and data collected by different governmental entities. Realizing the implications of these
shortcomings, AMIR, a USAID funded program, commissioned Al Jidara and Allied Soft to
undertake a scoping study which was concluded recently in 2004. The proposed TIIS came as
the core recommendation of the scoping study. Few months later, AMIR contracted the same
consultants team to carry out the actual implementation of the TIIS in two phases: Phase I –
Data Governance of the TIIS, December 21, 2004-October 31, 2005, and Phase II – TIIS
Development, November 2005-March 2006.