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10th Annual Trade Conference, 19th-20th November 2015

19th-20th November 2015
Arusha, Tanzania

"Energy as a determinant of competitiveness"

Download the conference call for papers.

It is now a stylized fact that many African countries face a power supply deficit and continue to face challenges in meeting the increasing demand. The larger African economies have not been spared either including South Africa. The persistence of power supply deficit in these countries has significant implications on the competitiveness of their tradable products and the supply side capacity. This is particularly more pronounced in the struggling industrial sector in these countries and it is commonly reported as a major infrastructure constrain to enterprises in several firm level surveys.

The 2015 conference intends to address how countries in Africa can leverage on the energy potential and harness it to reduce the energy infrastructural hurdles associated with high energy costs, high power outages typically voiced by the private sector and enhance the competitiveness of tradable products and industries. The conference is directed to a critical examination of the policy options relevant for the mainstreaming energy issues targeted at reducing the cost of doing business and enhancing competitiveness. The 2015 conference will focus on the pertinent issue of energy as a key determinant of competitiveness since the private sector has identified energy as a major hurdle in their quest to enhance output and grow tradable products in terms of volume and quality in Africa.

Interested paper presenters are invited to submit abstracts not exceeding 500 words by e-mail to Caiphas Chekwoti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , on or before 10thAugust 2015. Notifications on acceptance of abstracts will be done on a rolling basis, but latest by 15th October 2015. Presenters whose abstracts will be accepted will be required to submit full papers latest 31st October 2015. The conference will take place in Arusha, Tanzania.

Request for Proposals for Provision of Consultancy Services to Conduct trapca Tracer Study and Impact Assessment of Training Programmes.

The overall objective of the study is to trace trapca graduates and assess effectiveness, relevance and impact of trapca programmes in achieving the objectives and outcomes for the courses.

For more information download the terms of reference.

ESAMI Launches Its Trade Facilitation Training Facility And Signs MoU To Work Together With UNCTAD

AU Commission Deputy Chair Erastus Mwencha, trapca Executive Director Peter Kiuluku, look on as UNCTAD Sec General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and ESAMI DG Prof. Bonard Mwape, sign MoU during the Launch at ESAMI in Arusha, Tanzania.

On 19 February, 2015 ESAMI launched its Trade Facilitation Training Facility (TFTF) as part of trapca, at a colourful ceremony that was graced with the presence of several dignitaries that included Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); His Excellency Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson African Union Commission(AUC); His Excellency Daniel Blockert, the Swedish Ambassador to WTO and several Ambassadors based in Tanzania.