About tralac

tralac is a capacity-building organisation developing trade-related capacity in east and southern Africa. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, tralac aims to enhance the trade law and policy capacity in this region. tralac works with governments and non-state actors; these include private sector and civil society organisations.

tralac is a public benefit organisation, established in 2002, with the financial support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). tralac has a core network business model, a team of expert trade lawyers and economists, and professional support staff. tralac’s network of associates provides specialist expertise to enhance its capacity to deliver capacity-building initiatives. tralac collaborates with many regional and international organisations; such institutional partnerships expand the reach and impact of tralac’s work.

As an organisation, tralac subscribes to principles of good corporate governance. The tralac Board provides governance oversight and the tralac Advisory Board provides strategic leadership for the organisation. Since tralac is primarily donor funded, good governance assurance is a primary concern for the organisation.


tralac’s vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence building trade law and policy capacity in east and southern Africa in order to support rules-based governance of international trade.


tralac’s mission is to build trade law and policy capacity in east and southern Africa; assisting these countries to develop their capacity to produce tradables competitively, to enhance their trade performance and to ensure that trade contributes to development, within a rules-based system of international trade governance.