Understanding Trade in Services and Domestic Regulation

Start: May 6, 2024
End: May 17, 2024
Venue: ESAMI Headquarters - Arusha - TANZANIA
Duration: 2 weeks
Start: Aug 5, 2024
End: Aug 16, 2024
Venue: Mombasa - Kenya
Duration: 2 weeks
Statement of Need

The services sector bears increasing relevance for economic diversification and development in Africa. However, this may only be possible if African Countries put in place policies that would enable them to benefit from trade in services. Consequently, this programme aims at equipping participants with knowledge of key trade in services disciplines and their relevance in the process of preparing national regulations on services.

This will be achieved through consideration of the following areas: structure of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the key principles; key approaches in the liberalization of trade in services; underlying concepts for Trade in Services negotiations; tips in scheduling commitments; the utility of preferential services liberalization for African Countries; relevance of rules relating domestic regulation of trade in services under the GATS and their impact on ongoing domestic reform e orts in African Countries; and the need to situate service sector policy in national development plans.

Who Attends

Officials from Trade and Trade Related Ministries and parastatals, officials from Regional Economic Communities, Negotiators, and Regional Integration Practitioners. Ministries of law including attorney general offices, ministries of foreign affairs, ministries of trade and finance etc

How participants will benefit

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Outline key concepts in trade in services in particular those arising from AfCFTA Agreement on Trade in Services and their potential impact on Namibia;
  • *Synthesize the acquired knowledge and insights to propose informed recommendations, strategies, and frameworks for advancing AfCFTA trade in services negotiations and engagements with third parties and advanced economies;
  • Analyze potential consequences of various options in services liberalization in the context of Namibia;
  • Discuss recent developments in trade services agreements and their practical implications on region;
  • Identify your country’s negotiation interests;
  • Rationalize, analyze and review sector-specific cases and their relevance to your country’s proposed schedule of commitments.