Developing Regional Institutions
In East Africa, German development cooperation is assisting the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in developing a regional quality infrastructure (QI) system through training, study tours and the exchange of experience and knowledge within the region. Partner countries are the EAC states Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The project is also helping to strengthen the negotiating competency of the community and fostering the harmonization of quality infrastructure systems at regional level and in accordance with international standards.
The project “Strengthening the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)” includes a component of advisory of the Directorate of Trade and Industry and the Member States on issues relating to regional economic integration. Process-related advisory services, training courses and efforts to promote a continuous dialogue between the public and private sectors on how to structure the region’s integration process are helping contribute to the dismantling of barriers to trade and investment. In addition, local and regional capacities are being created for the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements.
WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF): From 2005 to 2011, Germany contributed close to US$12.80 million to the DDAGTF, with a contribution of US$1.24 million in 2011, as its share of financing the implementation of the WTO Annual TA Plan, which is aimed at enhancing the ability of developing countries to participate effectively in and fully benefit from the WTO negotiations.
For more information about this programme, see the DDAGTF entry for Australia, and