TMSA support was instrumental to the following major achievements:

  • TMSA has contributed to the finalisation of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Agreement, annexures and a Roadmap launched at the Tripartite Summit in June 2011;
  • TMSA has facilitated the operationalisation of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite structures and committees; and development of their work programmes
  • Chirundu, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, opened as Africa’s first One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) in December 2009. After one year in operation, waiting times have been reduced by an average 50% (from 3 to 1.5 days) for freight transport and 83% (from 3 hours to 30 minutes) for passenger transport. TMSA is supporting ongoing improvements, including a feasibility study on operating Chirundu as a 24 hour border post, and upgrading connectivity;
  • The Tripartite Trust Account for corridor infrastructure investment was established in May 2010. By December 2010, its Investment Committee was fully functional, 3 projects were prepared and approved for financing, 1 project was completed, and a further 3 projects were under preparation. 
  • Since April 2009, the total network of 8599km of NSC road sections, across 7 countries, have either been upgraded or are in design or planning stages.
  • The Tripartite Trust Account for corridor infrastructure investment was established in May 2010 and projects are under development or in implementation
  • TMSA has assisted in finalising the Comprehensive Tripartite Trade and Transport Facilitation Programme, and work programme. This will ensure a more strategic and holistic approach to trade facilitation, as opposed to the ad-hoc project approaches previously followed.
  • The design and launch of an e-based Tripartite Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB’s) Reporting and Monitoring System, training of NTB national focal points as well as National Monitoring Committees. By October 2011, 72% of reported NTBs had been resolved.
  • TMSA has assisted 65 small scale-farmers in Zambia to comply with the required Freshmark/Shoprite Checkers minimum food safety standards. The level of compliance to the food safety standard has already increased dramatically with more than 35% of participants achieving a 50 % pass mark after the initial training session.
  • Market opportunities for certified fisheries in Mozambique developed. Working with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), TMSA has helped to certify 48 MSC  labelled products, distributed through the two biggest retailers in South Africa—Woolworths and Pick ‘n Pay.
  • Working with the Deciduous Producer’s Trust, TMSA has supported the fruit and wine industry in South Africa to measure and improve their carbon footprint in order to maintain and increase South Africa’s share of global fruit and wine markets.  The industry directly employs over 440 000 people with an estimated 2 million dependents benefitting from increased incomes.
  • In partnership with IPEX in Mozambique 3 fruit farms, employing up to 1000 workers (1 farm employing only women) will be assisted to obtain GlobalGAP and organic certification.
  • 229 small farmers have been directly supported in South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia to meet regional and international standards and sell their produce to retailers and suppliers, including Shoprite/Checkers, Woolworths, Marks and Spencer and Tesco. Produce includes fruit and vegetables.  Increased incomes will directly support over 1000 dependents.
    TMSA facilitated establishment of Africa’s first One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Chirundu in December 2009. After one year in operation, a 50% reduction in freight times and 83% reduction in passenger waiting times have been achieved.
  • TMSA has adopted an integrated approach to trade facilitation across the three Regional Economic Communities (RECs). A Comprehensive Tripartite Trade and Transport Facilitation Programme has been developed and is in the early stages of implementation.

Achievements | TradeMark Southern Africa

Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here