The role of parliamentarians in trade negotiations, international rulemaking and implementation of international trade commitments


 The role of African parliamentarians in international economic law making is largely residual in nature. In most countries and regions, the role of the parliamentarian is only recognized at the latter end of trade negotiations when there is almost no scope review or change deal negotiated by the executive. Furthermore, the structure of most parliaments is designed to largely follow domestic economic issues with little attention paid to economic integration developments in the African continent and at the global level. However, it is trite that trade and trade policy create winners and losers at least in a relative sense. There is therefore an urgent need for parliaments to get engaged in the developments that ultimately shape the future of the African continent and that of their countries and regions. This is important given that the clashing twin objectives protecting national policy making space versus the need to consolidate individual country based markets into regional and continental markets so as to be competitive in global markets are always on the table. Consequently, the ongoing negotiations at the AU on AfCFTA serve as an example of a prime area in which these two objectives are at play. This calls for active participation of parliamentarians with a view to not only shaping the economic future of their countries but also that of the African continent.

Trade Policy and Regional Economic Integration Training Course for Parliamentarians aims at familiarizing parliamentarians with economic issues subject to international trade negotiations and their implications on their regions as well as their countries. The course will focus not only on the economic dimensions of international trade agreements and negotiations but also their implementation implications. The training will inevitably focus on the political economy on international trade negotiations with a view to providing context to the historical foundations of international economic law and recent developments as well as potential developments. Most importantly, the training will focus on domestic dimensions of international trade including an overview of checks and balances that must inform parliaments interaction with the executive, the private sector and the civil society. The training will provide an exposé of global best practices and link on key pillars of the economic agenda that underpins.

Expected training outcomes

  • An ability to think critically, strategically.
  • An appreciation of the economic effects of trade policy
  • A deep understanding of the conceptual complexities of liberalisation and their implications on the domestic economy and regional integration
  • Understanding the historical aspects of political economy of international trade
  • An advanced knowledge of the role of parliamentarians in the negotiations and formulation of international trade norms and rules
  • An enhanced understanding of the linkages between international and regional to the national economic and development agenda
  • Understanding trade policies that are subject to international trade negotiations and their relationship to national policy space
  • An ability to reconcile the need for domestic policy space and creating competitive regional and continental markets
  • Knowledge of accountability mechanisms associated with negotiation and implantation of trade agreements
  • Review rationale behind creating consultative and substantive links with various stakeholders and constituents

Fees and other costs

The fee for the programme will be payable in US dollars and will cover tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day. Discounts are available for every 2 or more delegates registered from the same institution.

Course Fee: $2500

Venue: Mombasa, Kenya. However, subject agreement with clients, the course may be offered in any of the following venues: Kampala, Uganda, Mombasa, Kenya; Nairobi Kenya; Livingstone Zambia; Arusha, Tanzania and Dubai.

Dates: 1-5 May 2023 

How to apply

Prospective participants should apply by filling the form below.


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