About the Course

Rules of origin have become one of the challenging components of preferential trading arrangements both in terms of negotiations and implementation. The main challenge arises from the nature of the rules in terms of design and structure. The more complicated and stringent the rules of origin are the more uncertain they become for the traders. Much as there has been an increasing conclusion of preferential trading regimes involving most sub-Saharan African countries, the intra-trade within these trading regimes has not grown in tandem. This outcome is mostly attributed to complicated rules of origin. Among African Regional Economic Communities, product specific rules of origin are increasingly defining the structure of the rules. This is event in SADC, EAC and the yet to be concluded tripartite FTA. To be development friendly, rules of origin need to be simple and user-friendly to foster uptake by exporters and enhance utilization rates of preferences.

The course is deigned to equip the participants with conceptual skills on rules of origin and the implication of the different types. This will be important to enhance capacity in the design of the rules for ongoing FTA negotiations and to foster implementation of concluded rules of origin. The pursuit of industrialization by most African countries will be realized if the preferential trading regimes they belong to have simple, predictable and user-friendly rules of origin.

The training programme is designed for policy-makers and trade and customs advisers, trade negotiators. It is will be useful to key persons in major business or trade organisations as well as persons within the academia who are or will be involved in issues of rules of origin.

Expected Training Outcomes

  • an ability to think critically, strategically and independently,
  • an appreciation of how the rules of origin have shaped the preference utilisation
  • a deep understanding of the conceptual complexities of rules of origin,
  • an advanced knowledge of rules of origin,
  • a highly developed global mindset with a grasp of rules of origin,
  • an enhanced understanding of the implications of rules of origin on intra-regional trade.

Fee and Other Costs

Fees and other costs

The fee for the programme will be US$ 1,800 this includes tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day.