The Trade Law Centre NPC (tralac) is an independent, capacity building think tank. Established in 2001, tralac is a non-profit organization, registered in South Africa. tralac builds trade-related capacity in Africa; assisting countries to improve trade governance and inclusive policy processes to ensure that trade contributes to sustainable development outcomes.
tralac has a core-network business model. The tralac core is lean, with a team of trade experts and a professional team to provide financial, administrative, and logistical support for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of tralac’s work program. A network of tralac Associates, Alumni and Partners provides additional specialist expertise for the delivery of tralac’s work program. The tralac Board provides governance oversight, and the tralac Advisory Board provides advice and guidance on the tralac work program.
tralac is funded by international donors through core or program funding. From time to time tralac is requested to undertake specialist small projects by, for example, government departments or regional secretariats. These are usually also donor funded.
Our Vision: Trade contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all African countries
Our Mission: To build trade governance capacity in Africa, supporting trade and regional integration for just and sustainable development outcomes, at national, regional, continental, and multilateral levels
Our values: Integrity, Respect, Rules-based Governance and Sustainability – keep us focused so that our collective effort can contribute to Africa’s achievement of the SDGs through trade.
Our values provide a foundation for our vision, our strategic and specific goals. Our values are:
Respect (for our colleagues, our partners, our beneficiaries)
Sustainability (sustainable development, lasting impact for our work, reducing our impact on the environment)