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tralac Alumni Conference 2024


tralac Alumni Conference 2024

tralac Alumni Conference 2024

tralac’s 2024 Alumni Conference took place on 14 and 15 May 2024 in Lusaka, Zambia. It took place in hybrid format, with presentations from tralac alumni over six sessions. Presentations from the Conference (see the Programme here) are available to download below.


Day 1 | 14 May 2024

Session 1: Update on the AfCFTA Negotiations


Dr Brian Mureverwi, Department of Trade, African Union Commission

Batanai Chikwene, African Trade Policy Centre, UNECA

Chair: Musa Sawaneh, ECOWAS Focal Point, Ministry of Trade, The Gambia

Session 2: The Guided Trade Initiative: case studies and lessons


pdf Cham Etienne Bama, Cameroon National Shippers’ Council (926 KB)

pdf George Dinda, AfCFTA Expert, Ministry of Trade, Kenya (431 KB)

pdf Guilherme Sindjenge, Ministry of Agriculture, Namibia (734 KB)

pdf Daisy Codjoe, Legal Expert, AB & David (717 KB)

pdf Louis Gitinywa, Kigali Attorneys Chamber, Rwanda (358 KB)

Chair: Blaise Bebe Among, Project Support Officer, AfrIPI

Session 3: Supporting Africa’s women and youth entrepreneurs

  • Making borders work for Africa’s traders

  • Facilitating market access


pdf Rwatida Mafurutu, Customs and Trade Facilitation Expert, ZIMRA, Zimbabwe (464 KB)

Edina Moyo-Mudzingwa, Trade Facilitation Expert, Zimbabwe

pdf Frank Kporwodu, Entrepreneur, Ghana (280 KB)

pdf Elizabeth Mulae, Micro and Small Enterprises Authority, Kenya (288 KB)

pdf Derick Nkwelle, Customs Officer, Cameroon (363 KB)

Chair: Tarcicius Mufundisi, Tariff and Competition Commission, Zimbabwe

Session 4: Digital Trade Update


pdf Maria Immanuel, Enterprise Development Expert, Rössing Foundation (593 KB)

Wilfried Deudjui Mboue, Afreximbank

pdf Jabu Matse, AEO Validator, Eswatini Revenue Service (409 KB)

Chair: Julie Winslow Munsaka, Quality Assurance Officer, Zambia Compulsory Standards Agency

Day 2 | 15 May 2024

Session 5: Supporting women and youth entrepreneurs – what can be achieved under the AfCFTA?


pdf Mary Malunga, Informal Cross Border Traders’ Association, Malawi (351 KB)

pdf Edina Moyo-Mudzingwa, Trade Facilitation Expert, Zimbabwe (454 KB)

pdf Kefilwe Rose Moalosi, Botswana United Revenue Service (619 KB)

pdf Maria Immanuel, Enterprise Development Expert, Rössing Foundation (3.10 MB)

Chair: Keamogetse Keitumetse, BURS, Botswana

Session 6: Transport and Trade Facilitation – key to trade and regional value chain development


pdf Average Chikowore, ZIMRA, Zimbabwe (452 KB)

pdf Deric Pascal Tafadji, Supermaritime, Cameroon (444 KB)

pdf Kadiri Haleemat Gbonjubola, Chief Regulator Officer, NAFDAC, Nigeria (960 KB)

pdf Batanai Clemence Chikwene, African Trade Policy Centre (462 KB)

pdf Beru Lilako, Trade Expert, Kenya (1.24 MB)

pdf Wilfried Deudjui Mbouwe, Afreximbank (882 KB)

Chair: Ali Ndah Abu, Commercial Counsellor, Nigeria High Commission, South Africa

tralac Alumni Visit to Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ)

Africa has many ingredients of industrial success. To unleash this potential, African countries must embark on aggressive agenda through public and private partnerships to enhance the industrial transformation. Through industrialisation, African countries can create jobs, improve environment, provide education, and enhance trade between countries as envisaged in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

To witness part of the Industrialisation efforts in the Southern part of Africa, The Trade Law Centre (tralac) organised an industrial visit on 17th May 2024 for more than 70 participants who were attending the annual Alumni Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. The tralac Alumni participants, with representatives from 33 African Countries, visited to two companies based in MFEZ and Lusaka Provincial Office. The industrial yard is the Zambia hub of economic transformation through inclusive industrialisation, job creation and value addition.

Visit Lusaka MFEZ Alumni Conference 2024


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