Project profile — Support to the Boosting Intra-African Trade Action Plan to Reduce Poverty


ECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (41103)
2015-12-10 - 2020-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (100.00%)


• Agriculture: Agricultural development (31120) (10.00%)
• Trade policy and administrative management:
Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (30.00%)
Trade facilitation (33120) (25.00%)
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) (33130) (10.00%)
Trade education/training (33181) (25.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to promote trade among African countries to reduce poverty, generate economic growth, create jobs, and increase food security. The initiative, undertaken with the Africa Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) based at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, supports the African Union’s Boosting Intra-African Trade Action Plan and the process of economic integration such as the Continental Free Trade Area. In the implementation of the project, the ATPC will partner with a consortium of Canadian centres of trade expertise, led by the Centre for Trade Policy and Law. Project activities include: (1) supporting national governments and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to develop and implement their Boosting Intra-African Trade action plans; (2) establishing the African Agricultural Market Information Systems Network, that gathers, analyzes and shares information about prices and other information relevant to farmers, animal rearers, traders, processors and others involved in handling agricultural products; (3) delivering training, workshops and technical assistance to national government and RECs; and (4) conducting assessment studies on a number of key issues, such as the state of intra-African trade, and disseminating results.

Expected results 

1100: Enhanced implementation and monitoring of inclusive trade related reforms, action plans and frameworks by Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and national governments for reducing barriers to trade within Africa, including barriers to women entrepreneurs and traders; 1200: Reduced trade-related gender discrimination and gender based barriers to trade policy implementation and monitoring at African Union (AU), REC and national levels; 1300 Increased participation of private sector operators and CSO's, including women entrepreneurs, traders and organizations, in regional and continental dialogues on the AU's trade agenda.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2018) include: (1) the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA), African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), with the help of Canada's Centre for Trade Policy and Law, directly supported the negotiation process of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); (2) they provided crucial technical advice to the African Union Commission and African governments throughout the negotiation process. These include advice on how to include the concerns of women traders in the Agreement. For example, ATPC organized a continental workshop on trade and gender, which recommended that the AfCFTA include explicit, specific and meaningful language on gender; (3) in March 2018, 44 African countries signed the AfCFTA, with more signatures expected to follow; and (4) as stated in the agreement, the AfCTA liberalizes trade in goods and services and includes explicit objectives with regard to the promotion and attainment of gender equality.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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