From 2018-2019, Imani Development undertook the Finalisation of Programme Design and Preparation of the Outline Business Case for the FCO SACU+M GTP: Trade Capacity Building Programme (TCBP).

Imani Development is the primary Local Service Provider (LSP) of a DAI-led consortium contracted to implement the GTP: Trade Capacity Building Programme (TCBP).Trade Forward (SACU+M TCBP) provides assistance supporting growth in trade, improving gender equality in trade and alleviating poverty across the countries within SACU+M. The programme falls within the FCO’s Global Trade Programme (GTP) of the UK Prosperity Fund; the programme’s objective is to reduce poverty in developing middle-income countries and create opportunities for international businesses including UK companies. Trade forward Southern Africa  (the TCBP) aims to provide technical assistance and support to facilitate free trade and open markets by helping SACU+M countries and market actors identify and remove NTBs to trade, including standards, regulations, customs and trade facilitation, and to thrive in regional as well as global value chains. TCBP’s primary objectives are: Increased access to information and trade promotion, support in compliance with market standards and integration in supply and value chains, trade and customs training and improving access to markets and market information, and equality for women in trade.

The TCBP was designed before COVID-19 escalated into a global crisis. The virus has had a substantial impact on the global economy (especially emerging economies) and it is likely that the pandemic will significantly alter the way trade is conducted. The SACU+M Rapid Remote Trade assessment was therefore conducted to assess any necessary changes for the TCBP.

The Rapid Remote Assessment consisted of:

Phase 1 of the Rapid Remote Assessment- Regional Situational Analysis for SACU+M countries including:
a). Situational Analysis including overview of government responses, initial scoping of trade policy responses, a trade trends and demand and supply assessment
b). Compliance assessment (literature reviews and virtual interviews). Compliance assessment to provide likely scenarios for the conditions of trade and changes in value chains.

Phase II of the assignment involved combining the findings of the two assessments with a vulnerability assessment to create an Emerging Trends, Key Issues and Recommendations paper which served as the final deliverable.