Ensuring that the views of the poorest developing countries are represented during lengthy and intricate international trade negotiations can severely stretch their already limited resources.
Lack of access to legal expertise or resources means that these countries can be marginalised in negotiations concerning their own future.
The new DFID-supported Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) aims to help least developed and low income countries (LDCs, LICs, LMICs) and their member institutions such as Regional Economic Communities (RECs) participate more effectively in international trade negotiations.
To achieve this, TAF supports eligible countries and institutions by providing:
Purpose of the event
This event provides an opportunity to learn more about the Fund, which goes live this month. TAF Project Director Ms Pallu Modi and Grant Officers based in Europe and Africa will explain the purpose of the Fund and the application process, with opportunities for discussion and questions.
The event is particularly useful for potential applicants to the Fund, representatives from LDC, LIC, or LMIC governmental departments or organisations, or their member institutions such as Regional Economic Communities.
Expected outcome / Deliverables
- Raise awareness of TAF as a facility to provide support to developing countries to prepare for and engage in key trade talks.
- Attendees will gain a good understanding of potential eligibility for the Fund and application procedures, and the opportunity to meet TAF representatives based in the UK and Africa.