Feedback received from AlumniPosted on Monday, April 4th, 2011 by tralac in Training
Shirley Moncho: Botswana
The course has enhanced my management and trade policy analytical skills. At the time of undertaking this course I was heading the Division of Agricultural Trade but I have since been transferred to Ministry of Trade and Industry as head of Trade Policy and Research Division. This was done in recognition of the knowledge and skills I acquired from the postgraduate diploma in management practices. The Division of Trade Policy and Research is mandated with formulation, development and monitoring the implementation of policies and strategies as well as supporting Bilateral and Regional; and Multilateral Divisions with research. The Division also is charged with coordination of the National Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (NCTPN).
Ali Ndah Abu: Nigeria
I first heard about the Tralac Programme during a technical Assistance programme organized by the WTO Secretariat for Nigeria on WTO Agriculture negotitaions in 2006, then i applied for the course, which has today greatly improved my performance not only on the job but managing my daily life activities.;
I must confess that, today, my graduation from GSB (UCT) thanks to Tralac have completely equipped me not only as a Senior Commercial Officer (WTO desk) in the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry but my general affairs and activities.
Dominic Chanda: Zambia
Having successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in Trade Law Policy, I have seen a great change in my career forward and work programme. I was working for the civil society trade network of Zambia (now centre for trade policy and development) when I just joined this programme, but midway into the programme, I changed jobs and now working for the private sector association called Zambia business forum which is an apex body for all the private sector in Zambia, as a policy analyst. Because of this programme, am now advising the private sector in trade and related issues. As a result of that, am now chairing and vice chairing most of the working groups as well as the sector advisory groups on trade under the ministry of commerce trade and industry. In addition to that the course has exposed me to various trade issues and am now able to contribute effective to trade policy formulation and implementation in Zambia.
Davie Malungisa: Zimbabwe
I finished my Diploma in Management Practice (Trade Law and Policy Management) in May 2007 when I was employed by Oxfam America as its Southern Africa Trade Policy Advisor. I was able to improve my work and successfully launched under the Oxfam Trade Program the National Association of Small Scale Cotton Farmers of Mozambique. The key aspect was how I was able to develop a national program that linked with the Cotton trade issue in the World Trade Organisation and create policy interfaces between the Mozambique trade and agriculture ministries, private sector and civil society.
Equipped with new managerial knowledge, I was able to outgrow my Oxfam portfolio and head hunted to found the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for Zimbabwe (IDAZIM) with offices in Harare and Johannesburg. I used my training in systemic management, leadership and trade law to develop a cutting edge Think-Tank that is now at the centre of democratic transition in Zimbabwe.
Kekeletso Tsumane: Lesotho
Graduating from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town is one of my most important endeavors of my life. To start with, the TRALAC scholarship awarded me the opportunity of understanding multidisciplinary approach, drawing on management, legal and economic tools. The program really broadened my style of thinking, research and approach to life as a whole but most importantly, it has made me a better advisor as well. Because of the management theories that are taught, I am able to think from multiple perspectives of trade policies, understanding issues from different perspectives as we deal with different stakeholders. It has certainly enhanced and complimented my trade and legal background experience, knowledge and qualifications.
Tebelo Hlabeli: South Africa
Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice (Trade Law and Policy) emphasised the need for continuous and professional improvement through a series of small wins.
The programme was very intensive and required array of attributes such as creativity, value adding, personal management, critical thinking and application systemic management practice theories. The combination of law, economics and management fast tracked my understanding of the trade policy process and equipped me the ability analyse global trade issues as a trade finance specialist.
One of the notable learning’s were the legal text of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and issues that have an impact and effects in the negotiations and conclusion of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements in the context of the international trading system. In addition, the focus on the current trade related issues such as trade and climate as well as trade in services demonstrate the relevance of the programme.
Pam Mwanashiku: Zambia
The PGDip (Trade Law and Policy Management) and the MCOM Program has really broadened my style of research, thinking and outlook towards life. It has helped me become more thorough in carrying out research, writing reports as well as enhanced the organisation, management of my work and relations with colleagues and staff. My level of thinking has certainly become more advanced and more articulate than it was during my Post Graduate Diploma. My eye for detail obtained from my legal background has certainly been elevated to a higher level of reasoning as well as the importance and richness of social interaction with senior/important dignitaries, colleagues and friends at all levels.
I was at the Ministry of Justice in the International and Trade Department at the commencement of the PGDip in January 2006. My successful transfer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was on the basis of my trade background/experience to which both the PGDip and MCOM were a great contributing factor.
I am currently posted in Rome, Italy as a Counsellor/deputy to the Ambassador at the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia. This involves, at times, being the Charge d’affaires of the Embassy in the absence of the Ambassador, being an alternate representative to the UN agencies such as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agricultural Development (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), being in charge of administration of the Chancery and Locally Engaged staff, overseeing and coordinating other diplomatic duties and functions.
Marie Angelique Umulisa: Rwanda
The Postgraduate Diploma Course on Trade Law and Policy Management has immensely enhanced my technical and professional knowledge as well as sharpened my skills on processes and systems critical in managing trade policy and law within the organization I work for.
Because of the skills gained from this Course, my responsibilities at my former workplace (Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda) increased. It proved useful when I became my country’s trade negotiator in the East African Community (EAC). From July 2008 to November 2009, I officiated (as Chairperson) in the EAC meetings of Experts in harmonizing the positions of the five Member Countries on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) being negotiated with the European Union (EU), as well as being the lead spokesperson on EPA Technical Negotiations with the European Commission. This work drew heavily on my analytical and technical knowledge of trade law and regulations and my ability to work under high-pressure situations and also under higher levels of scrutiny. These skills further enabled me to advise my country on trade policy measures at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.
Consequently, I have been able to improve my career prospects in the field of trade policy and law. I currently work for the EAC Secretariat as a Trade Policy and Development Expert under the Commonwealth Hub and Spokes Project. The Hub and Spokes Project is a trade technical assistance project managed by the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and supported by the European Union to provide assistance on Trade Issues to ACP Countries and Regional Organizations.
Mluleki S. Dlamini: Swaziland
I do not know even where to start but find it appropriate, at the very onset, to convey many thanks to TRALAC for affording me the opportunity of being part of the TRALAC course.
The list of achievements is endless but a few to start of with are the two recent promotions since I graduated from the course. In 2007 I was promoted from the post of Export Development Officer under the Trade Promotion Section to Trade Policy Analyst in the Trade Policy Section still with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade. Just two years in that position my promotion to Senior Trade Policy Analyst came through in 2009.
The cited achievements are attributable to the knowledge and expertise I currently possess as a result of my enrolment in the Post Graduate Diploma in Trade Law and Policy Management. More and more doors are opening as recently I was appointed to the Council of the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA) to represent my Principal Secretary as a member. Furthermore, I have served in various committees such as trade facilitation, Private Sector Development Strategy and many others.
I wish to thank Tralac for having given me this unique opportunity to follow the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, with particular reference to Trade Policy and Trade Law. Getting the award was just a milestone along the journey to knowing and operating in the “world” of trade. Indeed, the programme has equipped me with useful techniques, tools and skills that I now employ to manage issues pertaining to both work and life. It is useful to emphasise that the “systems thinking” module has changed my way of perceiving, analysing and addressing any subject/topic/problem/opportunity – looking at parts within a whole system rather than in isolation. Needless to say that the course has largely contributed to enhancing my knowledge on the issue of regional integration, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa – I am now able to fully participate and contribute to fora where such issues are discussed, in particular those relating to SADC, IOC, EPA and COMESA.
To conclude, I would say Tralac is doing a wonderful work in Southern Africa. All I hope is that Tralac continues with its strategy of building capacity in this region of the world and help us to fully participate in a continuously globalising world.
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