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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Climate, Food & Trade >Bringing together East African Community (EAC) stakeholders, in five countries and in Geneva, to pursue a more integrated policy framework on issues of food security, climate change and trade.
Trade Policy Making >Generating a more coherent and pro-trade for development voice in the formulation and implementation of trade and development policy at both the national and international levels.
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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