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ESAMI Launches Its Trade Facilitation Training Facility And Signs MoU To Work Together With UNCTAD

AU Commission Deputy Chair Erastus Mwencha, trapca Executive Director Peter Kiuluku, look on as UNCTAD Sec General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and ESAMI DG Prof. Bonard Mwape, sign MoU during the Launch at ESAMI in Arusha, Tanzania.

On 19 February, 2015 ESAMI launched its Trade Facilitation Training Facility (TFTF) as part of trapca, at a colourful ceremony that was graced with the presence of several dignitaries that included Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); His Excellency Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson African Union Commission(AUC); His Excellency Daniel Blockert, the Swedish Ambassador to WTO and several Ambassadors based in Tanzania.

The facility, which is being funded by the Swedish Government, is providing training for participants from Africa, with a special focus on Least-Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low Income Countries. According to H.E Daniel Blockert who represented the Swedish Government, the training activities will support participating countries in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims to reduce bottlenecks and improve procedures for the flow of goods across borders. On the other hand, the AU Deputy Chairperson, H.E Mwencha, pointed out that it was critical for respective governments to fill the skill gap in their officers, and embrace the expertise in trade facilitation offered by ESAMI through trapca.

On his part, Prof. Bonard Mwape, the Director General for ESAMI who is also the Board Chairperson for trapca, the facility responds to the need for better coordinated and targeted training for government officials in Africa. The Director General further indicated that Africa’s inability to contribute to the global conversation of trade was linked to lack of capacity. He noted that “Africa is ranked last in trade facilitation; and it was therefore time for Africans to think through what is needed to be done to enhance trade in Africa. Prof. Mwape ended by stating that a vivid indicator of success in trade facilitation will be “when people will pass through national borders without knowing that they had passed.

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary General for UNCTAD indicated in his remarks that through the training in trade facilitation, ESAMI/trapca has the key to unlock trade within the continent and beyond by identifying the barriers therein, and providing effective solutions. According to Dr Kituyi, the facility comes at an appropriate time because it will present the possibility to see what is it that is making trade in Africa not a sufficient instrument for development. He further indicated that tackling the barriers to trade among the Least Developed Countries would have huge ramifications for the respective economies such as heavy investment in infrastructure to the tune of $95 billion annually for 15 years, while its benefits will be huge for the individual households. Dr Kituyi concluded his remarks with an indication of UNCTAD’s commitment to support trapca, in its new offering of academic and technical programs on trade facilitation as evidenced by the MoU that UNCTAD and ESAMI were to sign.

The ceremony ended with a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between ESAMI and UNCTAD for the support of trapca in implementation of its capacity building activities under the Trade Facilitation Training Facility.

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trapca to establish Trade Facilitation Facility with funding from Sweden

As a sign of its commitment to Aid for Trade as well as the need to build human capacity in LDCs so that they can effectively benefit from international trade, the Government of Sweden will provide funding to trapca for establishment of a Trade Facilitation Facility. The Swedish Minister for Trade, Dr Ewa Björling, made the announcement for this trade facilitation capacity building funding.

The facility will provide training for participants from Africa, with a special focus LDCs. The training activities will support participating countries in implementing the Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims to reduce bottlenecks and improve procedures for the flow of goods across borders. The facility will also provide a platform for African government officials and customs officers to exchange experiences.

According to Swedish Minister for Trade “The Trade Facilitation Agreement represents huge potential gains for developing countries. The facility will therefore help African countries unlock this potential.”

trapca with funding from the Government of Sweden will soon launch the Trade Facilitation Facility.