The creation of the AfCFTA and revitalisation of RECs provide a major opportunity to boost intra-African trade and drive the structural transformation of trade in the continent, through enhanced integration of trade policy, and the reduction of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) to trade.
TMA will take a multi-level approach, addressing the three key levels of coordination necessary: continental, regional, and national. Successful implementation of regional and continental agreements will require improving the trade and investment environment, through enhancing the connectivity and coordination of trade corridors, diversifying exports, enhancing digital connectivity, and driving up institutional capacity.
Support the AfCFTA Secretariat to develop continental trade instruments and policies that will contribute to the reduction of barriers to trade across the continent, increase economic integration and improve the trading environment for African business
Support RECs to facilitate intra-regional trade, as well as working along with AfCFTA to domesticate continental trade instruments and enhance inter-regional cooperation.
Work with port and transport corridor authorities, national Governments, and their trade institutions to domesticate continental and regional policies, implement digital solutions, harmonise standards, and resolve Non-Tariff Barriers.
Support simplification, standardisation and
harmonisation of cross-border regulations,
processes and procedures that guide the clearance and movement of goods across regional and continental borders and to the rest of the world.
Enable the private sector to shape and respond effectively to trade policy, by building the capacity of private sector bodies.
Generate data on trade flows and barriers on trade corridors, using trade and transport observatories. On the continental level, this means support to the development of a continental trade big data initiative and trade reporting.