Our work in Trade and Regional Integration
International trade is a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. It can expand markets, reduce costs for domestic businesses, provide consumers with greater choice at lower prices, support the transfer of skills and technology, and spur investment.
To maximise the potential benefits of international trade, countries need to build and sustain a strong trade-enabling environment at all levels. Here’s how we've helped developing countries – particularly within East Africa – to do this:
- TMEA has contributed significantly to substantial gains in East Africa’s trade and regional integration environment during its initial strategy phase (2010-2016). LDP will now spend eight months working closely with TMEA’s CEO office and groups of stakeholders to formulate and finalise its second strategy to cover the next five years (2017-2021).
- Working closely with TMEA to design and deliver a comprehensive project management and results measurement skills curriculum, and conduct training and follow-up coaching to TMEA staff. The overarching goal is to achieve “a legacy of enhanced organisational capacity in results measurement”. This will help guide TMEA in continuing to develop the communities of practice after the lifetime of the programme expires (2015).
- Providing support to the Rwanda National Law Reform Commission to undertake a review of key national laws in line with commitments under the East African Community (EAC) (2013-2015).
- Providing a long-term economic adviser to the Rwanda Ministry of East Africa Community (MINEAC). The advisor provided support on economic analysis and policy reform to maximise Rwanda’s trade and economic benefit from membership in the EAC regional economic community. (2011-2014).
- Undertaking a review of the EAC Common External Tariff (EAC-CET), on behalf of MINEAC, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) of Rwanda. The purpose of the consultancy was to undertake the analytical work necessary to underpin a negotiating position for Rwanda in the 2015 re-negotiation of the EAC-CET (2014).