The Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (trapca) was inaugurated in December 2006, with the mandate of providing training and technical expertise on trade issues to professionals in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and low income Sub-Saharan African countries. Situated in Arusha, Tanzania, the Centre operates under the auspices of ESAMI and Lund University in Sweden. The overall aim of the training activities of trapca is to bring new perspectives to world trade, to inspire the creation of networks in LDCs and low income Sub-Saharan African countries and to develop competencies for strengthening the capacity of these countries to engage within the international trading systems with a view of overcoming the constraints to utilise the development-related opportunities provided by trade. The training activities of trapca are premised on the belief that LDCs and low income Sub-Saharan African countries are not able to reap the benefits of globalisation and international trade due to inadequate capacity and knowledge in trade issues.
2. TRAPCA’S VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES
trapca will develop into a centre of excellence in Trade Policy Capacity Building for Least Developed Countries and other Low Income Countries. We will be the most competitive trade policy training institution internationally, guided by transparent, accountable and unshakeably committed staff.
To build and enhance the trade policy capacity of Least Developed Countries and Low-Income Countries in sub-Saharan Africa to negotiate for favourable international trade arrangements.
To fulfill its mission, trapca will be guided by the following core values in our interaction with our stakeholders:
Independence: We will remain neutral and independent as we carry out our work in order to gain the trust of all our stakeholders
Integrity and Professionalism: We will serve with integrity and professionalism by being accountable and transparent in all our dealings.
Teamwork: We will foster team spirit, collaboration and consultation as a way to maximise the synergy of working together for improved service delivery and to satisfy our customers.
Innovativeness and Creativity: We will be innovative and proactive in seeking better and more efficient methods of service delivery.
3. TRAPCA’S STRATEGIC THRUST AND CAPABILITY
3.1 trapca’s Strategic Thrust
trapca programmes are based on the trade capacity needs within LDCs and other low income Sub-Saharan African countries. The Centre will continue to ensure that programmes benefit from periodic research carried out in the form of training needs assessment and participants’ feedback. Programme appraisal, tracer studies and impact assessment form important parts of trapca’s training and capacity building process.
The instructional methods of trapca’s programmes is aimed at providing learners with work workrelated skills and high retention rates of the knowledge imparted. The pedagogy will incorporate multi-modal delivery mechanisms for course materials (e.g. case studies, in-field situational tasks, simulation and role playing, trade data retrieval exercises, and presentation of course exercises and tasks).
Tailor made programmes and courses will be designed to address clients’ specific training needs. These will be conducted on mutual arrangement at venues and dates convenient to the client.
3.2 trapca’s Capability and Comparative Advantages
As a highly specialised trade policy and trade law training institution, trapca aims at being a converging centre where trade personnel from LDCs and low income countries meet and share experiences on how to engage in the context of the multilateral, regional and bilateral trading systems. As the premier African based, LDC-focused trade policy, trade law and trade facilitation training institution in Africa, trapca’s capability is engrained in the following characteristics:
• A network of institutional and individual contacts collated through the long history of collaborating institutions ESAMI and Lund University and through trapca’s own credibility.
• A successful trade policy training institution based in Africa, managed by a competent team committed to effective improvement and innovation.
• A highly motivated, eminent global faculty of leading scholars in trade policy, trade law and trade facilitation.
• A sustainable financial base.
3.3 Trapca’s Collaborating Institutions
trapca operates under the auspices of ESAMI and Lund University, with the financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). ESAMI is the host institution of trapca and has the overall responsibility for the trapca training activities. ESAMI provides logistical and practical support to trapca and acts as its legal representative when required. The Department of Economics, Lund University, is the academic partner to ESAMI and trapca. Lund University provides academic support in the planning of curricula and is responsible for the implementation, quality control, and examination of the Master Programme.
In addition, the trapca network involves relevant trade institutions such as World Trade Organization (WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), The World Bank, African Union Commission (AU), Consumer Unit and Trust Society (CUTS) International, the South-North Network and the World Trade Institute (WTI).