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International Training Programmes (ITP)

A unit within Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), ITP promotes the exchange of skills and experiences between Sweden and its partner countries, and provides an array of trade and industry technical training. Courses are run in Sweden by Swedish institutions. The aim is to promote human resources development in low and middle income countries by providing know-how in areas that are strategically important to partner countries and where Sweden has relevant expertise. ITP runs a number of trade-related courses, including trade policy, trade negotiations, the Rules of Origin Agreement, the SPS Agreement, etc.

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PSD-HUB in Ethiopia42

This project is setting up a Private Sector Development (PSD) Hub in the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce, the main function of which is to coordinate and subcontract PSD-related investigations and research for the private sector to use as input in its dialogue on economic development with the government. The project, currently running through Phase II, receives funding of US$2.7 million plus an additional US$330,800 for capacity building in the host organisation, AACCSA (Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations).

Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Trapca)

Sweden has supported the establishment of a trade policy training centre – Trapca – in Arusha, Tanzania. Trapca was established in 2006 as a joint initiative of the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) and Lund University of Sweden, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The institute manages courses in trade policy at many levels and aims to build and enhance capacity in trade policy matters in least-developed and other developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The core functions of the centre include the following:

  • To provide academic and competence-based training in trade policy;
  • To generate new knowledge by serving as a catalyst for institutional change and research;
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, information and experiences; and
  • To provide support in such areas as trade development, trade promotion and institutional capacity.

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Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (Tralac)

Sweden is contributing to the financing of tralac. Tralac is a capacity-building organisation developing trade-related capacity in east and southern Africa. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, tralac aims to enhance the trade law and policy capacity in this region.  Tralac works with governments and non-state actors; these include private sector and civil society organisations.

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WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF)

Sweden is a major contributor to the DDAGTF, having contributed approximately US$19.5 million since 2005, and is planning to contribute with US$2.1 million in 2013. The DDAGTF finances the implementation of the WTO Annual TA Plan, which aims to enhance the ability of developing countries to participate effectively in and fully benefit from the WTO negotiations. For more information:

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is contributing to selected sub-programs of the UNECA 2010-2012 Business Plan in for example the areas of economic development, trade and regional integration.

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