Trade Policy and Negotiations

Note: This course will be delivered entirely in Africa. 

Course summary

The course develops participants’ skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  • Trade negotiation skills, presentation and communication skills
  • Use of tools, models and data for economic and trade analysis
  • The use, design, evaluation and interpretation of economic research
  • The preparation of policy briefs, memos and submissions.
  • International trade economics and the role of trade liberalisation
  • International trade negotiations
  • Issues constraining fairer trade in Africa
  • Subsidies, tariffs and other trade remedies – policy objectives and economic implications
  • Industrial policy and export diversification – policy objectives and economic implications
  • The World Trade Organisation (WTO) – key concepts, agreements, debates and challenges including Trade Facilitation and African Integration and GATS
  • Economic Partnership agreements affecting Africa including TFTA and CFTA
  • Free trade agreements – policy objectives and economic/social implications
  • Regional integration – policy objectives and economic/social implications
  • Investment promotion strategies
  • Case studies showcasing international commercial disputes and resolution mechanisms
  • The rise of protectionism and trade wars in international trade
  • Assessment of key methods of global value chains: Best approaches for Africa
  • E-commerce in the African context
  • The links between trade, poverty reduction and sustainable development
  • Broader leadership and organisational management competencies to include project management, implementing change and public speaking
  • Addressing cross cutting development issues (gender equity, inclusive development, ethics, transparency)

Inputs from industry to highlight/demonstrate contemporary industry environments/ processes and share knowledge are a valuable element of this short course.

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