Building capacity to help Africa trade better

What We Do


What We Do

tralac works to inform, capacitate and empower key stakeholders to enhance trade and integration governance for Africa. tralac’s capacity building programmes are clustered at three levels:


tralac engages in applied trade law and policy analysis, with the aim of addressing the most pressing trade matters for countries in the region. Our research is presented in different formats:

  • Daily News Selections, published daily on the tralac website – a compilation of articles reporting on the most important current trade and related developments affecting the southern Africa region and Africa more broadly.

  • Monthly electronic newsletter – centred on a specific trade or trade-related issue pertinent to the African continent to encourage discussion and debate on current trade developments.

  • Trade Briefs – short, non-technical papers dealing with relevant trade law and policy issues, aimed at senior policy makers and non-state actors.

  • Working Papers – presenting a detailed analysis of trade issues and contributing to the body of intellectual capital on trade matters for the region with policy makers, analysts and advisors as the target market.

  • Books – collections of papers presenting a detailed analysis of a range of related trade matters, written specifically for the region.

In brief, tralac develops trade law and policy intellectual capital: this involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments.


tralac’s training programmes include tailored short courses and workshops.

Short courses

tralac develops and delivers focused short courses, often at the request of specific clients to address specific training needs. The following topics are among the courses that tralac offers:

  • Trade Policy Analysis (including trade data and tariff analysis, modelling, trade policy assessments, review of trade policy instruments)
  • Introduction to International Trade Law
  • WTO Agreements (Trade in Goods (including agriculture), Trade in Services, TRIPS)
  • Regional Trade Agreements (WTO Rules for RTAs, Scope of RTAs)
  • Trade Negotiations (including negotiations simulations)
  • Regional Integration in east and southern Africa (SACU, SADC, EAC, COMESA, Tripartite Free Trade Area, Continental FTA)
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Trade Remedies and Safeguards
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Investment
  • Rules of Origin

To submit a request for training, please complete the request form.

Policy dialogue

tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in the region. This is done through the tralac website, social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and the electronic newsletter. In addition, tralac hosts workshops, seminars, roundtables and an annual conference which has become an important forum for discussing the region’s trade agenda.

tralac has worked with many organisations, including:

  • SADC Secretariat
  • SACU Secretariat
  • EAC Secretariat
  • COMESA Secretariat
  • WTO Secretariat
  • International Trade Centre
  • World Bank
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Department of Agriculture, Namibia
  • Agriculture Trade Forum, Namibia
  • Department of Trade and Industry (dti), South Africa
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry, Tanzania
  • Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Uganda
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda
  • South African Institute of International Affairs
  • Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies

Contact us with your queries or comments.


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