The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has terminated its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. The Secretary of State’s written statement to Parliament on TMSA’s early closure, and the reasons she gave for this decision, can be accessed here.
As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA was officially closed on 17 March 2014. The TMSA regional integration news service has therefore been discontinued and the news section of this website will no longer be updated.
It is TMSA’s belief that the Tripartite has successfully used the resources provided to it by DFID through TMSA to deepen integration in an efficient and cost-effective manner. A full closure report is being prepared and will be available here.
In the meantime, readers can access a summary of some of the more notable successes the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support here.
The archive of news items is available here.