RIRN Event 3 | Measuring Potential Impacts of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

TMSA released an impact analysis study on the potential economic gains of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (T-FTA), currently being negotiated by 27 countries in East and Southern Africa. The report was launched at the Regional Integration Research Network event in Gaborone on 30 October 2013.

Fruit Fly Capacity Building Training

Trademark S.A. consultant, Dr Mervyn Mansell, presented a training course from 26-31 August 2013. The training was conducted at the Mount Makulu Agricultural Research Station, near Lusaka, from 27-30 August 2013, and was attended by 14 participants, comprising two Agricultural Research Officers from each of the six districts of Zambia, as well as a representative from the Private Sector and one representing the small scale agriculturalists.

Kariba-border-post.jpg Traders win as bridge boosts business: How the resolution of a single non-tariff barrier is helping people do business

Kariba is a small town in Mashonaland West province in Zimbabwe, located on the north-western shores of Lake Kariba. Initially established to house workers who were constructing the dam in the mid to late 1950s, the area’s natural attractions soon gave rise to a largely water-based tourism industry. According to a 2011 Zimbabwean parliamentary report*, economic and tourist activity in the area have sharply declined in the last decade. During these lean years, the Kariba Dam wall connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe supported trade between the two countries.

SMS Line for NTB Reporting Launched in Lusaka

A new SMS tool has been developed to assist small traders and businesses to tackle problems and barriers they face when moving goods across African borders. Developed in South Africa, the SMS system makes it as easy as possible to report non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade on the continent. It was launched on 9 April in the Zambian capital Lusaka by the Tripartite of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference 2013

Funding of identified infrastructure projects is critical. We convened this investment summit to explore opportunities for funding with all our partners, including the private sector, on a win- win basis.” This was the message from President Guebuza of Mozambique, in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC at the Regional Infrastructure Investment Conference in Maputo on 27 June, 2013.

Second Friends of the Tripartite Meeting and Infrastructure Funding Symposium | 30 November 2012

TradeMark Southern Africa, hosted a symposium in Maputo on 30 November 2012, to discuss challenges and innovative solutions for infrastructure financing across the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite.  The symposium was held to coincide with the Second Meeting of the Friends of the Tripartite, supported by TMSA.

Lolette Kritzinger van Niekerk (TMSA) with Phil Brown (DFID) at RIRN Launch Launch: TradeMark SA Regional Integration Research Network

The TMSA Regional Integration Research Network (RIRN) was launched by Sarah Dunn, head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), currently the sole funder of TMSA. “The Network has been set up to provide a platform for exchanging information, facilitating dialogue and sharing best practice on designing and implementing trade facilitation interventions,” she reiterated.

First Regional Truckers Forum | Delegates TMSA Supports First Regional Truckers Forum

The First Regional Truckers Forum took place from 14-16 March in Johannesburg. The Forum was a practical workshop devised to initiate active delegate participation with the objective of identifying workable and reasonable solutions to problematic inter regional transport issues. The forum was co-sponsored by TMSA.

Source of Photos: Transport World Africa (Sponsored by FESARTA)

Michael Anderson Visit TMSA Offices Michael Anderson, DFID Director General for Policy and Global Programmes, Visits TMSA Offices

Michael Anderson, DFID Director General for Policy and Global Programmes, visited TMSA on 20 March 2012.

Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum - Second Meeting Second Meeting of the Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum

Negotiations for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area were officially launched the Second Tripartite Summit in June 2011. The summit agreed on the principles, processes, scope, roadmap and timelines for establishing the FTA. It also established an institutional framework for negotiations, namely the Tripartite Trade Negotiation Forum (TTNF), the inaugural meeting of which took place from 7 – 9 December in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Second Meeting of the TTNF took place at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka Zambia on 12th to 14th March. The purpose of this meeting was


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