TMSA is supporting the development of economic statistics and trade date covering the whole COMESA-EAC-SADC region of Africa.  A database is being developed that will improve the availability and dissemination of accurate trade data and will improve the region’s capacity to undertake trade and economic research and analyses - enhancing the quality of policy formulation and decisions.  The trade database will be an indispensable source of information required to prepare for and support negotiations for the Tripartite Free Trade Area (FTA).

TMSA is also supporting the Tripartite in the development of a common work programme on Trade in Services.  The Tripartite work programme will contribute to the expansion and integration of domestic, regional and international markets.  This, in turn, will contribute to general economic growth and development through enhancing productivity and competitiveness by increasing availability, affordability and quality of services.

Projects

Supporting the Development of a Tripartite Statistical Database on Trade

There is a dearth of comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date trade and economic statistics covering the whole COMESA-EAC-SADC region.

Currently, the most reliable statistics database is COMESA’s COMSTAT Database System which comprises mainly of merchandise trade statistics and national tariffs.  The system also contains selected economic indicators, trade indicators, trade flow analysis and infrastructure indicators.

TMSA is providing support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite to redesign and upgrade the COMSTAT System in order to improve its functionality, flexibility and security.  Once these updates have been completed, the COMSTAT System will be expanded to form the basis for a Tripartite Statistical Database. 

This database will improve the availability and dissemination of accurate data and will improve the region’s capacity to undertake better trade and economic research and analyses - enhancing the quality of policy formulation and decisions.  The database will be an indispensable source of information required to prepare for and support negotiations for the Tripartite FTA.

Trade in Services

Trade in Services refers to trade in an intangible service related product.

The Regional Economic Communities of COMESA, EAC and SADC are all implementing separate programmes on trade in services.  In an effort to optimise the contribution of services to national and regional economic growth and development, a common Tripartite work programme is being developed for selected, priority sectors.

TMSA will also provide support to RECs in taking advantage of a regional knowledge platform developed by the World Bank.  This tool is intended to assist countries in the review and reform of their service related trade and regulatory frameworks.

The common Tripartite work programme on Trade in Services will contribute to the expansion and integration of domestic, regional and international markets.  This, in turn, will contribute to general economic growth and development through enhancing productivity and competitiveness by increasing availability, affordability and quality of services.

Trade Related Areas

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