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TradeCom II Programme - Contract Award News

Posted on: March 23, 2017

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Targeted Support to the EAC for the Implementation of the Tripartite FTA Agreement-Trade Policy and Export Development to the EU Market

TradeCom II signed the contract with the consortium of International Economics Consulting Ltd. and Cardno for the provision of Targeted Support to the EAC for the Implementation of the Tripartite FTA Agreement-Trade Policy and Export Development to the EU Market on February 22, 2016.

The geographical area to be covered by the Project is the EAC member states namely: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

The direct beneficiary of this action will be the Directorate of Trade and Customs at the EAC and the six EAC Member States who will benefit from this action in particular through the improved delivery of legal and technical assistance provided by the Directorate of Trade and Customs.

The project is framed within a longer-term perspective, and planned with a view to achieve a two-fold purposes: to develop a framework for the Elimination of NTBs and foster trade development and expansion under the Tripartite FTA and trading opportunities with the EU.

Main intervention areas are to support the EAC Directorate of Customs and Trade to effectively implement the EAC Non-Tariff Barriers Act and the simplified Trade Regime (STR) related NTBs; to support the development of the long-term export promotion strategy (2017-2030); to develop a strategy for continuous engagement with the business community (including women and youth entrepreneurs) over the trading opportunities in the TFTA and EU markets; and to support the enhancement of knowledge sharing on the opportunities and benefits of the TFTA and other trade agreements, and trading opportunities with the EU.

In implementing the project the Consortium will produce four sets of outputs: develop and operationalize the regulations for the implementation of the NTB Act, to improve the monitoring of the implementation of the framework for elimination of NTBs; long-term EAC export Promotion Strategy for the period 2017-2030 designed; and trading opportunities and benefits under the Tripartite for business communities including women and youth entrepreneurs promoted.

 

Elaboration d’outils pédagogiques de formation et de divulgation de l’APE CEDEAO/UE et mise en place d’un cadre régional d’assistance juridique aux Etats de l’Afrique de l’ouest dans le domaine des contentieux commerciaux

TradeCom II awarded the contract to the consortium composed by DMI Associates and DMI Africa for Support for the implementation of the West Africa-EU EPA and the implementation of a Dispute Settlement Regional Framework on February 9, 2017

The project cover the 15 countries of ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and The Gambia), in addition to Mauritania, which is no longer a member of the regional organization but negotiated the EPA within it. 

The main beneficiaries of the project interventions (training and awareness-raising activities on the EPA) are experts from ECOWAS, and WAEMU, parliamentarians from the 16 countries mentioned above, as well as civil society and major actors of the private sector.

This project has a two-fold purposes: To create a better understanding of the EPA and its ownership by all the stakeholders (parliamentarians, ECOWAS / WAEMU experts, private sector and the civil society); and to establish a regional legal framework in dispute settlement for resolving trade disputes and to ensure that trade agreements are enforced and settled.

The Project contributes to strengthen the capacity of the ECOWAS / WAEMU experts to raise awareness to the community citizens and monitor the effective implementation of the West Africa - EU EPA; strengthen the capacity of the ECOWAS parliamentarians to improve the ownership of the EPA in order to fast-track the ratification process; and establish a regional legal framework for settling trade disputes.

In the light of the above the Intervention areas of the project are: the development of EPA training modules to be used by the ECOWAS/ WAEMU experts to sensitize the community citizens on the agreement; design and delivery a capacity building programme of ECOWAS/WAEMU experts, the civil society and the parliamentarians as well as the development of a manual of procedures governing the settlement of disputes in West Africa; the establishment of a legal framework for a proper implementation of trade agreements in the region; and design and delivery a specific capacity building programme for legal officials of the ECOWAS commission, jurists and lawyers in order to create a pool of expertise in dispute settlement in the region.

 

Strengthen the ACP Group’s Participation in the Multilateral Trade Negotiations under the WTO

TradeCom II signed the contract with SAANA Consulting on February 22, 2016. SAANA Consulting will provide technical assistance to Strengthen the ACP Group’s Participation in the Multilateral Trade Negotiations under the WTO.

The project has been developed following a request from the Secretariat of the ACP Group and the ACP Group in Geneva. The ACP Group is composed by 61 WTO members, 7 WTO observers, 11 Non WTO members or observers. In Geneva there are 55 Member States Missions and 25 non-resident Missions. ACP also has Collaborating Partners based in Geneva—the Organization of Eastern and Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The ACP Group in Geneva participates in the multilateral trade negotiations (under the WTO) as a formal coalition, harmonising and defending common trade negotiating positions. It covers all WTO issues, particularly: Agriculture, TRIPS, NAMA, Services, Rules, etc.

The project activities will be managed in coordination with the ACP Office in Geneva, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The project has a two-fold purposes: To empower ACP Delegations in Geneva to participate effectively in trade negotiations/deliberations in the WTO; and guide ACP delegates to participate in the drafting of legal text/elements for incorporation in the outcome of the WTO negotiations. 

The Project contributes to empower ACP Delegations in Geneva to participate effectively in trade negotiations/deliberations in the WTO; guide ACP delegates to participate in the drafting of legal text/elements for incorporation in the outcome of the WTO negotiations; and ensure that ACP Group’s positions are fully reflected in the legal text and outcome of the 2017 11th Ministerial Conference.

Intervention areas foreseen by this project are to ensure the effective participation of the ACP negotiating team in the negotiating process so that the ACP interests in the negotiations will be strongly advanced and defended, to elaborate concrete trade negotiating positions on the five thematic and other areas of the WTO negotiations (agriculture, WTO rules, non-agricultural market access, Special and Differential Treatment, services); and to ensure that ACP Group’s positions are fully reflected in the legal text and outcome of the 2017 11th Ministerial Conference.

 

Targeted Support to PIFS to build capacity for Mainstreaming Trade Policy Frameworks (TPFs) and overall Trade Agenda in the Pacific Region, and to Niue for the Implementation of its TPF

TradeCom II, on February 9, 2017 awarded a contract to International Economics Consulting in consortium with Cardno for the implementation of a Targeted Support to PIFS to build capacity for Mainstreaming Trade Policy Frameworks (TPFs) and overall Trade Agenda in the Pacific Region, and to Niue for the Implementation of its TPF.

The project activities will be performed in Fiji at the PIF Secretariat and in Niue.

The project has a two-fold purposes: Support the PIFS’ trade mainstreaming agenda for the PACPS through the effective use of the NTPFs; and support the Government of Niue to implement its NTPF, and use that case as a “good practice” for the PACPS in their implementation of respective NTPFs.

The project contributes to promote the PAPCs trade mainstreaming agenda and the NTPFs; to support the implementation of Niue’s National Trade Policy Framework; and the good practice case of Niue demonstrated for the PACPS in their implementation of respective NTPFs.

The Project interventions will focus on reinforcing the Regional guidelines on trade mainstreaming and enhancing the capacities of trade experts to implement the NTPFs; Strengthening PACPS National institutional structures (National Trade Committees and related departments/agencies) for implementing the NTPFs; Designing action plans to implement Niue’s NTPF recommendations including accession to FTAs; Strengthening Niue’s institutions for trade governance; and Identifying key reforms of customs-related legislation and regulations.

 

 

Programme funded by European Union at the request of ACP Group - Implemented by AESA CONSORTIUM