Trade Advocacy Fund

Fund Manager hosts 3rd TAF Advisory Event in Sutton, UK

March 23rd, 2016 by

From 8-9 March, 26 delegates from TAF partner countries, along with DFID and TAF Fund Manager staff gathered at St. Nicholas House in Sutton to take part in the 3rd and final TAF Advisory Event. Participants came from across the globe, from as far away as the Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and Lesotho to talk about their experiences with TAF support, share information, network and provide input into the lessons learning efforts of the Fund Manager. The two-day event also allowed staff from DFID-BIS Trade Policy Unit to get direct feedback from TAF grant holders on the programme. The session built on the successes of prior TAF Advisory events held by the Fund Manager in 2012 and 2014.

Day one of the event focused on reviewing key successes and challenges during TAF’s implementation. In panel discussions, plenary sessions and break out groups, the participants highlighted the ways in which TAF support has worked well, while also identifying some challenges and limitations. The flexibility and demand-led nature of the fund, as well as the generally high standard of technical assistance provided by TAF Service Providers were lauded as key positives of TAF. Delegates also shared that sometimes the long-term sustainability of TAF support can be hard to ensure or measure given that there is often staff turn-over on side of the TAF partner organization. Moreover, participants noted that the iterative, fluid and long-term nature of trade negotiations can make defining success difficult if support interventions are short-term.

On the second day of the event, discussions focused on future trends in trade negotiations, and what might be areas of needed potential assistance in trade negotiation support. The final session of day two had participants split into teams to debate whether and how the current international trade architecture is responsive to the unique needs of low- income developing countries and LDCs. Overall, the feedback on the event has been uniformly positive, with participants rating the content, facilitation and event organisation strongly. As one participant commented “the event was well-organised and the lessons learnt will be useful in my future work”.

 

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TAF Projects (December 2013)
Country or Region Grant Title

Implementation Status

Afghanistan Advisory Mission to Afghanistan

Completed

COMESA Advisory Mission to the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Group

Completed

EAC Advisory Mission to the EAC

Completed

Ethiopia Advisory Mission to Ethiopia

Completed

Global Feasibility Study for Advisory Centre on Regional Trade Agreements (ACORTA)

Completed

Global TAF Advisory Event 1

Completed

Lao PDR Advisory Mission to Lao PDR

Completed

Lesotho Advisory Mission to Lesotho

Completed

Malawi Advisory Mission to Malawi

Completed

Multi-Region Advisory Mission to  the AUC

Completed

Nepal Advisory Mission to Nepal

Completed

PIFS Support to Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Completed

Samoa Logistical Support

Completed

Sierra Leone Advisory Mission to Sierra Leone

Completed

Solomon Islands Advisory Mission to the Solomon Islands

Completed

Sri Lanka Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka

Completed

Uganda Advisory Mission to Uganda

Completed

Vanuatu Advisory Mission to Vanuatu

Completed

ACP Call-down Support to the ACP Group in Geneva

Ongoing

Afghanistan Trade Negotiation Training and Capacity Building Support to Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Ongoing

EAC TradeSift Training for EAC Tripartite FTA Negotiations

Ongoing

ECOWAS Trade Capacity Building Programme

Ongoing

ECOWAS WTO Law Advisory Services and Capacity Building

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – ACWL

Ongoing

Global Channel 2: Training on WTO Law and Dispute Settlement – Trapca

Ongoing

Global TAF Advisory Publications/Toolkits

Ongoing

LDC Group Support to LDC Services Waiver

Ongoing

Nigeria Support to Nigeria Ministry of Trade and Investment

Ongoing

PIFS Support to the Pacific ACP States in EPA negotiations

Ongoing

OCTA Support for PACER Plus Negotiations

Ongoing

Solomon Islands Strengthening Trade Negotiation Capacity of Solomon Islands

Ongoing

The Gambia Support to the Ministry of Trade

Ongoing

TMSA Support to Tripartite FTA negotiations

Ongoing

Vanuatu Trade Negotiations Support

Ongoing

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