Monday, November 12, 2018

Continued support for African trade centre

A trade policy training centre in Africa, launched with Swedish support in December 2006, has aimed to provide university-level education, free from any biased political messages, to participants from least-developed and other low-income sub-Saharan countries, with a special focus on attracting women.  

The original aim of the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (or “trapca”) was for it to be financially self-sustained by now. But this has proved unrealistic. Without Swedish grant support, trapca would have to focus on participants who can afford fees. They are likely to come from countries with higher income levels. This would change the course content and the focus of trapca.

As a consequence, Sweden is considering extending its support to trapca to allow more time to develop a sustainable business model during a transition period. In the coming years, Sweden will gradually reduce its financial contribution and allow for more broad based support to trapca.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) invites tenders for a study of how a future trapca basket fund could be designed.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is July 5, 2013.