Trade Advocacy Fund

TAF undertakes results-harvesting mission in Malawi

November 29th, 2016 by

Once the trainers have and civil servants return their desks, how do we know whether a training event has made a difference? This was the focus of a recent mission to Malawi undertaken by the TAF Fund Manager. During a three day visit, we interviewed a wide cross-section of the trade policy community in Malawi to get their feedback on the achievements of a series of week-long trainings conducted under one of our projects with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

 The Director of Trade at the MoIT, Ms. Chatima, expressed her gratitude for the support from TAF, which is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). Malawi’s negotiating agenda is busy, with five sets of major negotiations running in parallel. TAF support had delivered “a good framework” to manage those negotiations, and the training “was very well received” by her staff. She looked forward to further cooperation with TAF and DFID in the future. 

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries – and because it is landlocked, the way it manages its trade policy is of key importance for its growth prospects. During the visit to Malawi, the TAF Fund Manager could determine that staff retention, a year and a half after the training, had been high. This means that most of the people trained are getting the opportunity to apply what they have learnt in their daily work and make a difference.

 Exposure to high quality trainings on Trade Policy is rare for Ministry staff in Malawi. The opportunity to engage with world-class experts for sustained periods of time on issues such as Rules of Origin, NTBs and negotiation tactics created a palpable sense of enthusiasm amongst the participants interviewed. The emphasis on policy-making process management and creating offensive and defensive positions seems to have struck a chord with many of those involved.

Ms. Chatima remarked that the challenges for Malawi and her ministry were growing as the topics covered by trade policy expand: “The areas we cover are very wide and keep expanding. We need experts on many topics”. In this context technical assistance from development partners like TAF and DFID was as relevant as ever: “Trade in Services in particular is an area where there are opportunities for us. Perhaps this is something we could envisage receiving assistance and training on in the future”.

 

 

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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

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