The African Trade Policy Centre, (ATPC) is a project of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), funded by Canada, through the Canada Fund for Africa (CFA). ATPC’s goal is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa through the development and implementation of sound trade policies. Its objective is to strengthen the capacities (human and institutional) of Regional Economic Communities (RECs), their member states and trade-related institutions and networks to develop sound regionally coherent national trade policies and to participate more effectively in trade negotiations.
ATPC was launched in 2003 and the first phase was successfully completed in 2007. The second phase of ATPC is a five-year, $14.7 million Project to be implemented through UNECA. The Project will employ a focused regional approach to equip Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and their member states to better represent their interests in negotiating trade agreements, integrate trade into regional and national economic policies, and promote trade among African countries and with the rest of the world with an effective involvement of the private sector and civil society in the process.
The expected impact of ATPC is an effective and more equitable African participation in international trade processes for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. In other words, the overall result of ATPC’s work would lead to increased benefits accruing to Africa through a combination of its regional integration activities, better trade policy regimes and involvement of stakeholders in trade policy processes due to increased availability of knowledge and information.
The ATPC activities will be focused on the following areas:
- Undertaking research relevant to key trade issues;
- Providing training on trade related issues;
- Sharing and disseminating information;
- Providing advisory and technical services;
- Facilitating consensus building;
- Creating partnerships for trade;
- Mainstreaming Health, Gender and environment into trade policy development