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Introducing the Trade Advocacy Fund- what opportunities are available? (UK)
25 Apr 2012
14:00 - 15:00
Special Events
ROOM 202

Key Issues

 
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:
  • Independent technical and legal advice to ensure that delegates can access high quality information as they prepare for key talks.
  • High quality training for negotiators to ensure they have the technical and legal skills they need to level the playing field.
  • Logistical support to ensure countries can engage in key negotiations that will impact on their future.

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.

Contact:  info@tradeadvocacyfund.com

 

Summary

 

Participants

Pallu Modi, TAF Project Director
Lola Fadumiyo, TAF Grant Officer
Laura Rovamaa, TAF Grant Officer