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tralac’s new short course: Trade Law and Policy for Africa’s Development

20-08-2018 to 02-11-2018
tralac’s new short course: Trade Law and Policy for Africa’s Development

tralac is presenting a training course providing a comprehensive coverage of International Trade Law and Policy in the 21st Century, from an African development perspective. The course consists of three one-week residential modules in Cape Town, along with preparatory online learning and assessment. Our aim is to promote excellence in the development of trade law and policy management capacity across the continent; address contemporary trade and broader economic governance challenges to contribute to enhanced governance and development outcomes.

Course outline

  • Module 1 | 20-24 August 2018: International Trade Policy and Law in the 21st Century – foundational disciplines. Topics include the defining features and foundations of international trade law and policy, and current issues in international trade governance.

  • Module 2 | 17-21 September 2018: A comprehensive International Trade Law and Policy agenda. Topics include trade in goods (tariffs, rules of origin, non-tariff barriers); trade facilitation; standards and quality infrastructure; trade in services (market access, domestic regulation, regulatory reform and harmonisation); competition policy; investment; intellectual property rights; and dispute resolution.

  • Module 3 | 29 October-2 November 2018: Africa’s trade and integration agenda – making the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) work. Topics include the origins, achievements and challenges of African integration; role of institutions; Regional Economic Communities (trade integration and broader development agenda); Tripartite Free Trade Area; the AfCFTA (analysis of the legal texts, ongoing negotiations in Phase 1 and Phase 2, and implementation issues); and the AfCFTA vis à vis Africa’s global trade agenda: Economic Partnership Agreements and Brexit, AGOA, China, and the WTO (Doha development agenda).

Learning Modalities

Interactive, participatory learning processes, that form the foundation for adult learning, are followed in this course. Debates and discussions are actively encouraged; exploration of “wicked” trade law and policy problems will facilitate collective learning as we engage Africa’s trade and integration agenda. Participants are encouraged to share experiences, trade policy challenges and success stories.

To prepare for the residential modules, participants will be required to complete a preparatory work programme online (6 hours of work prior to the residential programme will be required, and a short assignment will be submitted, and assessed with feedback to the participants). This is important to assist participants to be able to fully engage during the residential programme.

All three one-week residential modules will take place in Cape Town. Following each residential module, participants will be required to undertake further reading and study, and then make a presentation (via Skype/GoToMeeting). Each of these three presentations is also an oral exam for assessment purposes. At the end of the three modules, successful participants will receive a tralac certificate, and be invited to join the tralac alumni network.

Background: Why this course?

We recognise that the course is being offered at a time when volatility and uncertainty are pervasive in the global economy, and that the trade policy narrative requires careful scrutiny and appraisal. Despite the fact that trade has in recent decades lifted may millions across the world out of poverty, it is also true that inequality and exclusion remain defining features of global trade and economic development.

The trade-development nexus requires new thinking and trade policy connections to other areas of economic policy (including industrial, labour market, education and macroeconomic policies) have to be considered for their contribution to promoting inclusive growth and equitable distribution of gains and losses. This course aims to build capacity for trade law and policy making to support development outcomes for Africa. This means addressing marginalised and excluded groups; including women, youth, informal cross-border traders and many other groups.

African countries have made significant progress in the negotiations to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), but negotiations to complete phase 1 of the process are still underway. Tariff concessions and rules of origin, as well as specific commitments for the priority services sectors are still in process. Phase 2 of the negotiations, covering investment, competition and intellectual property still have to be undertaken. This course will focus specifically on issues relevant to the AfCFTA and Africa’s broader trade and integration agenda.

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Date 20-08-2018 to 02-11-2018
Organiser tralac
Venue Cape Town, South Africa