• Global South & Multilateral TradeWe provide technical assistance to developing country negotiators in the World Trade Organisation and connect them to non-state actors in the Global South.
  • Regionalism & CooperationWe support regional integration and promote experience-sharing through inter-regional cooperation projects in the South.
  • Regulatory ReformsWe support policy makers in crafting and implementing balanced, transparent regulations on competition, investment, consumer protection and selected economic sectors.
  • Policy LinkagesWe analyze and sensitise about the linkages existing across economic sectors and issues like trade, agriculture and energy etc. This is to "break silos" towards more holistic and coherent policies.
  • Empowering PeoplePolicy-making should not be the preserve of a few if they are to balance and be owned by the people. This is why we help relevant stakeholder navigate and participate in the policy process.

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Latest Events

Climate Talks

Paris Climate Agreement: What do East African Stakeholders Think?

Mar. 31. After two weeks of intense negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed on a Paris Climate Agreement through which they have committed to cut their carbon emissions and shift towards a low-carbon economy. Going forward, East African Climate Negotiators to the United Nations Framework Convention on Clim... > READ MORE


Competition Policy: One of the WTO's "New issues"?

Mar. 30. WTO members are currently trying to figure out the possible nature and scope of the “new issues” pushed by some for being introduced in multilateral trade negotiations. At this meeting, East African delegates to the WTO were updated on their stakeholders' perspectives and exchanged views regarding ... > READ MORE


DDA vs. New Issues: What Lies Ahead Post-Nairobi?

Mar. 17. This discussion held under the Chatham House rules brought together several developing and developed WTO members to share perspectives and build common understanding on the way forward regarding both the remaining DDA issues as well as potential new issues. Discussions revolved around specific DDA i... > READ MORE

WTO Negotiations

Identifying WTO Missions’ Needs for Stakeholders’ Perspectives

Feb. 29. East African delegates to the WTO met in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, with representatives of the civil society who have been providing them perspectives from the ground on trade issues of their interest under the “EAC Geneva Forum”. Discussions identified potential topics to be taken up this year and p... > READ MORE


Launching PACT EAC2 for Climate-aware, Trade-driven, Food security-enhancing Agro-processing Development for East Africa

Feb. 29. Launched at this event in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, the four-year long second phase of the project “Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade Linkages in the EAC” (PACT EAC2) will build the capacities of East African stakeholders for climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing agro-process... > READ MORE


East Africa Training: Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations

Jan. 26. Services and services trade can play a central role in supporting inclusive economic growth, and have become an increasingly visible feature of trade discussions domestically, regionally, as well as at the bilateral and multilateral levels. This four-day regional training workshop on “Enhancing Capa... > READ MORE

WTO Ministerials

Reflections on the Nairobi Ministerial Outcomes

Jan. 22. The 10th Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO MC10) was held for the first time on Africa’s soil in Nairobi, Kenya from December 15th to 19th, 2015. The conference adopted a number of decisions now referred to as the Nairobi Package. This meeting brought together East African ... > READ MORE


Trade as a tool for LDCs' graduation: How can the Multilateral Trading System Deliver on Development?

Dec. 17. This side event chaired by Ambassador Steffen Smidt, LDC Facilitator looked at the various ways through which the multilateral trading system has fostered development in the past and how the WTO can aid in achieving the goal of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), in particular what measures can... > READ MORE


Mega-Regional Trade Agreements and their Impacts on Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trading Regime

Dec. 16. This event jointly organised with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Geneva Office deliberated the possible challenges developing countries may face from the emergence of mega RTAs and the necessary policy options. It will give a space to various stakeholders to provide inputs on the multiple avenues of p... > READ MORE

WTO Ministerials

Synergizing Trade and Climate Change for Food Security and Livelihoods in the EAC

Dec. 16. This session organised as part of the ICTSD Trade and Development Symposium on the side lines of the conference aimed to demonstrate how synergizing trade and climate regimes at multilateral, regional and national level can enhance food security and improve livelihoods, in the context of the EAC reg... > READ MORE

Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)

Non-Tariff Barriers and their Effect on East African Exports

Nov. 25. East African delegates to the WTO discussed an analytical note prepared at their request to exmine existing non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and their effect on EAC exports. Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) and Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) are both governmental measures that regulate trade in goods and services.... > READ MORE


South Asia Training: Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations

Nov. 18. A regional training workshop on “Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations”, was held in Colombo from 17-20 November 2015, with the aim creating awareness among stakeholders understanding on the collection and use of services trade statistics; institutional mechanisms ... > READ MORE

Featured Paper

WTO Agriculture Negotiations: Securing EAC Countries’ Interests

Apr. 7. By Edwin Laurent. As the WTO membership is working towards a Post-Bali Work Programme to conclude the Doha round, developing and developed countries will now have to confront the core issues that have divided them for nearly 15 years. Agriculture being at the top of the list, this study explores the general interests of East African Community (EAC) Member States in the ongoing WTO negotiations on agriculture and provides inputs for both the preparatory phase of the work programme and the ensuing negotiations. It reviews the 2008 agriculture modalities to establish whether they have been overtaken by time, especially in the light of changing US and EU agricultural policies and the circumstances and needs of EAC countries.

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Featured Publication

The Political Dimension of Trade Reforms: Impact on Food Security in the EAC

This study investigates the political economy aspects of food trade in East Africa, with a focus on political and social interactions in the production and trade of maize and rice. Findings indicate that in spite of the Customs Union Protocol, non-tariff barriers remain a major hindrance to cross-border agriculture trade. Furthermore, policymakers rarely engage non-state actors in policy measures around food staples, which are subject to political influence.

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