One of the outputs of the DFID funded Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) in Malawi, was to develop a new comprehensive Trade Negotiations Framework (TNF) for the country. The objective of the TNF is to ensure that upcoming trade negotiations are aligned with Malawi’s national development priorities. Thus, the TNF comprises of a comprehensive review of national strategies and policies that are relevant to trade negotiations. In line with the presidential directive that Malawi should double exports, the TNF guides on how this will best be accomplished.
The TNF has played a significant role in the development of the Trade Negotiations Management Strategy and the capacity building activities through the trainings undertaken through the project implementation.
The project involved delivery on two components:
1. Identifying Malawi’s trade negotiations priorities and producing a new comprehensive trade negotiations and management strategy
- Trade Negotiations Framework
- Trade Negotiations Management Strategy
2. Improve the capacity of the MoIT and the NWGTP including implementing the trade negotiations management strategy and delivering training, including:
- Carry out an organisational analysis of Malawi’s trade negotiating structures and recommend the best way going forward
- Implement the rollout of the trade negotiations management strategy
- Create a “toolkit” for trade negotiators (including manuals, templates, etc.)
- Review the NWGTP to improve effectiveness
- Design a training program for MoIT negotiation officials, including individual tuition, roundtables and max two workshops, as well as remote mentoring