Welcome to trapca




World Class Trade Policy Training Centre

Trade Policy, Trade Law and Trade Facilitation Training for Sub-Saharan LDCs and LIC Countries since 2006

Who we are, What we do

The Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (trapca) was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) and Lund University of Sweden, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Centre is hosted at the ESAMI headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania

Academic Training


trapca offers academic courses at the Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters of Science level.

Tailored Courses

IMG_8185trapca offers several different tailor-made courses. This includes commissioned education and jointly offered courses in collaboration with other institutions.

Policy Forums


trapca organizes policy dialogue events, as a platform for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to interface and deliberate on key trade policy issues to on-going developments at national, regional and multilateral level.

Global Faculty

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trapca runs high quality global faculty constitutive of renowned experts and authorities in the area of international trade and trade facilitation hailing from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.

Financial Aid


trapca provides an opportunity for applicants from LDCs and African LICs  to be considered for limited number of full or partial scholarships.



trapca offers curriculum that allows for multiple entry-multiple exit structure in recognition of work related and other demands of participants.


I write to inform you that I assumed the position of Economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Harare Office, having worked for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for the past 9 years. I remain thankful and indebted to the late Prof. Gote Hanson, Prof. Hans Falck and the entire trapca family for the opportunity to study for an Msc in International Trade Policy and Trade Law. I thank you for your patience and determination. Proudly trapca Alumni And forever thankful.

Petronella A. N. Chishawa, ZimbabweTrapca Alumni

Not surprisingly, this degree has opened me up to a world of opportunity. Even before I had completed the MSc, I was able to secure a job as Regional Coordinator of the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) moving from my job as Policy Analyst for Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) on the basis of graduating in November…At the tender age of just 25, I have been able to achieve quite a lot and look forward to contributing substantially to the development of consistent, coherent, regional agricultural policy and applying all that I have learnt from trapca

Chipego Zulu, ZambiaTrapca Msc Alumni

I am delighted to inform you that I was offered a position in USAID in a new initiative called Power Africa Trade Africa as their Office Manager. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you and the whole trapca team for affording me the opportunity to get the knowledge and training I have with which I now have faith in my capabilities to take up this position. Power Africa Trade Africa has its Trade office in Nairobi and the Power office in Pretoria. I look forward to working in this team and taking the trapca flag high. Once again, I thank you for the opportunity afforded me at trapca.

Pamela Cheuka, ZimbabweTrapca Alumni

Course Updates

Upcoming Courses

TRP 100 – Certificate in International Trade and Development (eLearning) 26 Sept – 18 Nov 2016
TFT 100 – Certificate in International Trade and Facilitation (eLearning)10 Oct – 2 Dec, 2016
TFT 305 – Agriculture standards and Trade Facilitation3 – 14 October 2016
TFT 304 – Border Agencies and Trade Facilitation17 – 27 Oct 2016
TFT 307 – Logistics and Trade Facilitation 31 Oct – 11 Nov 2016
TRP 311 – International Trade and Gender (e-learning)17-27 October 2016

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