African Trade Policy Centre: $15 million, 2008-2013
The African Trade Policy Centre II Project (ATPC II), implemented through the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), focuses on regional institutions. The project equips three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and their member states to better represent their interests in negotiating trade agreements, integrate trade into regional and national economic policies, and promote trade between African countries and with the rest of the world. It also involves the private sector and civil society in this process. The three RECs are the East African Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
CATRTA (Canada-Americas Trade-related Technical Assistance Program): $18 million, 2009-2015
The goal of this program, implemented by the Conference Board of Canada, is to assist CIDA’s partner countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region to maximize the opportunities and benefits of increased trade and investment through their bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Canada and thereby to contribute to broader poverty reduction and development through enhanced trade and investment opportunities.
Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF): $7.5 million, 2010-2012
The DDAGTF is a complementary initiative aimed at helping member states negotiate and participate effectively in multilateral trade agreements. The goal of the DDAGTF is the successful conclusion of the Doha Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. Reflecting the pressing needs of African countries, half of the DDAGTF’s activities are directed at that continent. CIDA has encouraged gender-based analysis, and the inclusion of gender equality in the curriculum for training related to standards (SPS and TBT) and trade facilitation.
Organization of American States Cooperation Plan: $19.5 million, 2012-2015
The project supports the Organization of American States’ (OAS) programming in the following areas:
(i) sustainable economic growth; (ii) electoral governance; and (iii) human rights priorities. The Cooperation Plan is designed to: (i) strengthen national electoral systems and processes; (ii) improve standardized and harmonized policies and regulatory frameworks related to the business environment; (iii) improve market access and participation in regional and global trade for member states; (iv) strengthen the application of human rights instruments related to gender equality by member states; and (v) improve the institutional capacity of the OAS.
Regional Integration and Trade (Caribbean sub-region): $15.7 million, 2007-2015
This initiative supports the advancement of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy
The Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund (ICBE-RF) – Phase II: $2 million, 2009-2013 (IDRC Project)
ICBE-RF is a joint initiative of IDRC and TrustAfrica. The initiative promotes a thriving business environment and incentives for firms to invest productively, create jobs, generate incomes and improve living standards. The first phase of the project helps strengthen understanding of the link between the investment climate and private sector development. The second phase will help create a critical mass of local researchers in building knowledge on policy options for improving Africa’s investment and business environment. The research has already resulted in policy changes in the region related to public-private partnerships and SME growth.
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) Core Grant - Phase IV: $1 million, 2010-2013 (IDRC Project)
The main objective of TIPS is to inform South African and Southern African economic policy, and co-ordinate a network of established researchers in the region, to produce and disseminate policy-relevant research. With a continued focus on trade and industrial policy, the new phase includes issues of regulation, agriculture, sustainable development, and employment. This grant will enable TIPS to remain responsive to the local policy environment, and continue delivering high-quality, policy relevant research to government and other clients.
Building Capacities for Trade Expansion (Africa, Americas): $1 million, 2009-2013
This project implemented by the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP) is intended to strengthen the capacity of African and Caribbean countries to secure pro-poor trading rules and to implement trade support strategies and commitments undertaken as part of domestic trade reform or international trade negotiations. The goal is to contribute to trade expansion with a positive impact on poverty reduction in these countries.
Confronting New Demands: Inclusive Growth, Inclusive Trade: $935,000, 2008-2012 (IDRC Project)
Policymakers, businesspeople and civil society advocates need evidence-based research to react to the challenges and opportunities of economic integration. The Latin American Trade Network is a network of scholars and practitioners established with IDRC support in 1998. This phase of support allows the network to extend and consolidate a regional base of expertise to inform policy choices in favour of enhancing economic development. The research agenda covers four themes: linkages between trade and inclusive growth; negotiation issues with poorly understood implications, such as labour standards and intellectual property; liberalization of trade in services; and regional trade policy.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Investment Program: $2.25 million, 2008-2011
The MENA initiative aimed to strengthen countries’ capacity to design and implement policy reforms. It facilitated policy dialogue and sharing of experience on public governance and investment policies among policy makers from MENA countries and their OECD counterparts. The Investment Program aimed at improving the investment climate and policies.