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Negotiations on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area commence in Addis

February 26th, 2016 by

The African Union Commission convened the inaugural Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Negotiation Forum meeting on 22-26 February 2016. The CFTA Negotiation Forum brought together Senior Officials from more than 35 AU Member States, including delegations from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt. The programme for the week was broken down into two parts, with the first two days focusing on capacity building, and the final four days allocated for the substantive technical negotiations.

Over the first two days, experts funded by TAF, as well as the from the UNECA African Trade Policy Centre and UNCTAD, who also have been supporting the CFTA process, provided sessions to brief the negotiators on the latest thinking on various aspects of the CFTA negotiations. The agenda for the closed negotiation sessions of the first Negotiation Forum meeting was due to discuss the rules and procedures of the CFTA negotiations, the work plan of the negotiations as well as the Terms of References for the Technical Working Groups.

Since 2014, TAF has been working closely with the AUC’s Department of Trade and Industry to support the preparatory phase of the CFTA negotiations. On 18-19 February 2016, a cross-departmental meeting was organised by AUC-DTI and supported by TAF and the Centre for Trade Policy and Law from Carleton University to discuss the preparations of the negotiation meeting the following week. The preparatory workshop included a series of simulation exercises combined with more reflective sessions. The workshop was designed to be highly interactive, providing AUC-DTI officials with hands-on experience in how to prepare for, organise and conduct the upcoming Negotiation Forum meeting.

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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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