Wim van Schalkwyk (TradeMark Southern Africa) explores the importance of evidence based evaluation of trade facilitation interventions in Africa - including the need for regular data to explore trends. He discusses TMSA's dual approach to border post monitoring - including monitoring studies as well as GPS data, using Chirundu One Stop Border Post as an example.
Vehicle Overload Control (VOC) must strike a fine balance between road infrastructure maintenance and use. Mike Pinard (MD - Infra Africa Consultants, Botswana) discusses the East Africa Community (EAC) Vehicle Overload Control Act and its implications for the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite region at the Africa Road Transport Forum 2013.
"The private sector also has an important role to play in resolving the common non-tariff barriers (NTBs) that negatively affect intra and inter African trade," said Vonesai Hove, NTB expert at Trademark Southern Africa (TMSA).
Speaking at the second annual Africa Road Transport Forum on 17 - 18 April 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Hove introduced a new sms reporting tool that gives a voice to private sector traders, transporters and freight forwarders in the region to enable them to play a more active role in logging and resolving common NTBs.
Vonesai Hove (TradeMark Southern Africa) explains an innovative approached to reducing Barriers to Trade in Africa. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite's Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB) Mechanism involves online and SMS reporting tools supported by national and regional bodies - representing the public and private sector - responsible to help resolve Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade. For more information on the Tripartite NTB Mechanism visit www.tradebarriers.org.
Moe Shaik has been appointed as chief executive of the Development Bank International, a subsidiary of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). In this interview he speaks on infrastructure development in Africa. The interview was filmed at a TMSA Regional Integration Research Network Symposium (RIRN) on the same topic - November 2012. For more information visit www.trademarksa.org/rirn
Ralph Olaye is the Manager of the NEPAD Regional Integration and Trade Department of the African Development Bank. In this interview he speaks on the role of the private sector in financing regional infrastructure. The interview was filmed at a TMSA Regional Integration Research Network Symposium (RIRN) in November 2012.
For more information visit www.trademarksa.org/rirn
Amos Marawa is the head of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite's Project Preparation and Implementation Unit (PPIU). The PPIU supports projects sponsors to prepare and implement regional infrastructure projects in Africa, including road, rail and energy infrastructure projects. In this interview, Mr Marawa explains the role of the PPIU and elaborates on specific infrastructure projects being supported by the PPIU. The interview was filmed at a TMSA Regional Integration Research Network Symposium (RIRN) - November 2012. For more information visit www.trademarksa.org/rirn
A discussion by participants at the launch of the TMSA Regional Integration Research Network (RIRN) event on challenges and innovative solutions to financing regional infrastructure development in Eastern and Southern Africa.