The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
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Feb 3

Brussels Briefing 47 - Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Brussels Briefing 47 - Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities

Event Overview

The Brussels Development Briefing n.47 on the subject of 'Regional Trade in Africa: Drivers, Trends and Opportunities' took place on 3 February 2017 at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing was organised by CTA, in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Pan-African Farmers' Organisation (PAFO) and the ACP Secretariat.

Trade and regional integration have dominated the political agenda in recent years, with scores of countries pursuing trade agreements under various configurations. There is a renewed focus on the role of the private sector, and on reducing and eliminating trade barriers in order to boost economic growth by encouraging more trade and investment. The nexus between trade, integration and development is recognised to hold immense potential for sustainable growth and poverty reduction, and provides opportunities for enhancing the welfare of producers and consumers, provided that governments are able to develop and enforce policies to this effect. Under the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the role of trade in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is recognised in a number of areas. Target 2.b of SDG2 calls for the correction and prevention of trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, whereas targets 17.10 to 17.12 of SDG 17 also highlights the importance of trade, particularly for the least developed countries.

In order to maximise the benefits of regional integration and look for new opportunities for competitiveness, policymakers, the private sector and development partners need access to accurate and comprehensive data on intra and inter-regional trade in Africa with respect to agricultural goods. It is in this context that CTA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are launching the “African Agricultural Trade Status Report”, which examines the current status, trends and outlook in African trade performance, making an important contribution towards data and analysis of developments both at regional and at continental levels. The Report, which is released in conjunction with the Briefing, builds on the work by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) of CAADP and the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) trade and also reflects the CTA’s commitment to advancing knowledge and sharing of best practices relating to agricultural trade.

Chairs

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the EU

Dr Ousmane Sylla

Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union and the ACP

Keynote speakers

H.E. Dr Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Speakers

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Trade Affairs Manager at European Commission

Ousmane Badiane

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Roberto Ridolfi

Director for Planet and Prosperity at DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission

Panellists

Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, TradeMark East Africa

Nana Osei-Bonsu

CEO, the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Ghana

Ousmane Badiane

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Ishmael D Sunga

CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Argent Chuula

CEO, Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA)

Dominique Njinkeu

Executive Director, African Trade and Sustainable Development (AFTSD)

Sandra Gallina

Director for Sustainable Development; Economic Partnership Agreements – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific; Agri–food, DG TRADE, European Commission

Josephine Mwangi

Manager, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept, African Development Bank

Speakers

Chairs

H.E. Mr Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba

Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the EU

Dr Ousmane Sylla

Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union and the ACP

Keynote speakers

H.E. Dr Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Speakers

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, ACP Secretariat

Axel Pougin de La Maisonneuve

Trade Affairs Manager at European Commission

Ousmane Badiane

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Roberto Ridolfi

Director for Planet and Prosperity at DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission

Panellists

Annette Mutaawe Ssemuwemba

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, TradeMark East Africa

Nana Osei-Bonsu

CEO, the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Ghana

Ousmane Badiane

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Ishmael D Sunga

CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

Argent Chuula

CEO, Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA)

Dominique Njinkeu

Executive Director, African Trade and Sustainable Development (AFTSD)

Sandra Gallina

Director for Sustainable Development; Economic Partnership Agreements – Africa, Caribbean and Pacific; Agri–food, DG TRADE, European Commission

Josephine Mwangi

Manager, Agriculture & Agro-Industry Dept, African Development Bank

Attendees

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  • CHARLAFTIS, ANGELOS

  • Lumumba, Amory

B
  • Byiers, Bruce

C
  • Conticello, Claudia

  • Wieck, Christine

F
  • Stepman, Francois

H
  • Barry, Hilary

J
  • Dey de Pryck, Jennie

  • ISSA, JOSEPH

K
  • O'Donoghue, Kerry

  • Van Hove, Kathleen

  • Mensah, Kristina

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  • Mofolo, Lebo

  • Brown, Lynn

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  • Hailu, Michael

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

    Netherlands

  • FALL, Mémé ATsan

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  • Eikelenboom, Pedro

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  • KANONGE, TIRIVANHU

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  • Madu, Uzo

V
  • Udomi, Vicky

Organisers

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • IFPRI

    The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of the CGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.

  • CONCORD

    CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD is the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.

  • PAFO

    PAFO is a network of Farmers Organizations across the African continent. It's aim is to improve communication, collaboration and information/knowledge sharing among stakeholders. Through PAFO, the sub-regional networks of farmers’ organizations and agricultural producers of the Maghreb (UMAGRI), of the Southern Africa (SACAU), of Central Africa (PROPAC), of the Eastern Africa (EAFF) and of West Africa (ROPPA), are working together since 2003 on continental issues of interest having a significant impact on African agriculture.

  • DG DEVCO

    The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.

  • ACP

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.