Courses and Programs

The training offering at trapca has grown to include three key focus facets of international trade: International Trade Policy, International Trade Law and International Trade Facilitation. The training programmes cover academic and competence-based training designed to equip participants with analytical skills. In addition to the academic programmes, trapca provides tailor-made executive training designed to enhance specific skills of more senior officials from the public, private and civil society.

  1. Academic Courses and Programmes

In fulfilment of its mandate, trapca is running the following programmes: trapca offers the following courses at the following levels:

1) Foundation

2) Intermediate

3) Advanced

These courses are organized into the following programmes:

1) Post-Graduate Certificate

2) Post-Graduate Diploma, Intermediate

3) Post-Graduate Diploma, Advanced Level

4) Executive Master Diploma in International Trade Policy and Trade Law

5) MSc. Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law

The rules and regulations for these courses and programmes are spelt out in the following sections. They can be amended from time to time.

• Intensive 4-week entry-level foundation courses (Level 100) leading to an award of a Post-Graduate Certificate.

• Specialised short courses (Level 300 series) each lasting for two weeks. Successful completion of each course leads to an award of a Certificate of Competence in a particular area of trade policy, trade law or trade facilitation.

• A Master Programme in International Trade Policy and Trade Law (Level 500 series). Successful completion of

each course leads to an award of a Certificate of Competence in a particular area of trade policy and trade law.

Other courses and programmes may be introduced based on the client capacity needs.

After successful completion of 10 courses and a thesis corresponding to two modules the student is awarded a Master of Science Degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law issued by Lund University.

1.1 Minimum Admission requirements for Academic Courses

Specific courses/programmes have pre-requisite courses for admission. trapca However for all trapca courses/programmes, at the minimum for admission, the applicant shall:

• Hold a first degree in Economics, Law, Social Sciences or any other relevant field from a recognised university

• Have work experience from a trade or development-related area in government, the wider public sector, private sector or non governmental/civil society organisation, PROVIDED THAT applicants without work experience but with high motivation for a career opportunity in international trade, may be considered in special circumstances;

• Originate from LDCs or low income sub-Saharan African countries: and

• Have a good command of the language in which the programme or course is advertised and offered.

The relevance of the above programmes resides in their ability to promote the kinds of knowledge and understanding as well as key competencies and capacities that make it possible for participants to help their countries to:

• Make full use of existing trade opportunities in foreign markets.

• Choose import, industrial, investment and trade facilitation policies conducive to development and poverty reduction, given existing trade agreements.

• Influence future agreements in an advantageous manner by negotiating improvements for LDCs and low income Sub-Saharan African countries in access to foreign markets while maintaining abilities to pursue trade and trade influencing policies conducive to development and poverty reduction.

1.2 Target Group

The target audience consists of those who are involved in trade-related activities in their capacity as officials, executives

or members of relevant ministries and government agencies, parliamentary institutions, universities, business and civil

society organisations in LDCs and other low income Sub-Saharan African countries.

1.3 How to Apply

Prospective trainees should apply using forms available from trapca’s website www.trapca.org, trapca offices at the ESAMI Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania or from ESAMI Country offices, currently present in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Lilongwe (Malawi), Lusaka (Zambia), Nairobi (Kenya), Maputo (Mozambique), Mbabane (Swaziland) and Windhoek (Namibia). The contact details of trapca, ESAMI Headquarters and Country Offices are given at contact us page.

1.4 Fees and Financing

Financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) allows participants to apply

for partial or full scholarship. Priority will be given to students from LDCs and with the objective to obtain gender balance.

The tuition fee for self-financed participants is specified in section 7.

2. Tailor-made

trapca offers several tailor-made/Executive courses according to demand. These courses are designed as short duration dialogue type courses targeting the senior participants on demand. They focus on topical trade policy issues that incorporate ongoing negotiations, debates and policy dialogues in the region and at the global arena. The course delivery approaches emphasis student-led and workshop-inclined processes. This includes commissioned education and jointly offered courses in collaboration with other institutions.

3. Policy Dialogues

Policy dialogues are designed to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to interface and deliberate on key trade policy issues of paramount importance to on-going developments at national, regional and multilateral level. The dialogue events that include an annual conference and policy forums are held annually.