First Call for Proposals of Africa Trade Fund

09/10/2013
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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is pleased to announce the first call for proposals of the Africa Trade Fund (AfTra). Award amounts shall range from 50,000 USD to 1,000,000 USD per project.

We invite African-based national and regional organizations and associations involved in trade development such as African government agencies, regional economic communities and private sector and civil society organizations located in Africa to apply. Bank organizational units (sector and regional departments, field offices) are also invited to apply.

Under this call for proposals, the Africa Trade Fund will finance initiatives and projects that help boost the continent’s trade capacity and accelerate its integration in the global trading system.

Examples of such projects include but are not limited to:

  • Trade facilitation projects such as the creation of one stop border posts (OSBPs), modernization of customs and ports systems, development of corridors, enhancement of border management, etc.;
  • Projects aiming to enhance standards capacity (especially sanitary and phytosanitary standards) to facilitate market access and increase product quality;
  • Development of market information systems to facilitation access to information;
  • Projects and programs aiming to strengthen the capacity of trade-related national and regional institutions so that they can better implement their mandates.

All applicants are invited to submit their proposals online by 20 November 2013.

AfTra is a joint initiative of the AfDB and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Fund aims to assist low income African countries and their institutions to develop trade-related skills, regulatory regimes and infrastructure needed to enhance their trade performance and competitiveness and benefit from international trade and market opportunities.


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Renalda Protus - Tanzania 16/10/2013 08:54
Let us working together for creating self confidence and break the bondage of fear in peoples’ mind, encourage assiduousness, so that people can live free from poverty and being stable.
Some might say that is an impossible goal to attain, but the pride and dignity we see in any person who manages to climb out of poverty is evidence that it is worth our efforts.
Those who live in poverty have limited possibilities to utilize their own abilities and choose their own future. While kind gifts may provide temporary relief, they do not contribute to sustainable development, because there is no local ownership or investment of people in their own lives.
Telle Quadry - Nigeria 14/10/2013 18:55
Africa Trade Fund is a great chance for Africa continent to transform locals and rural places in within the continent. There are good programs and projects from genuine NGOs who are ready to carry them out successfully and with sincererity. There are Africans who are not ready to Morgage the future of the continent in each of the African nations. African nations are still virgin land for greater opportunities as we all know. Once ATF is able to locate NGOs with good programs and projects. Many of these NGOs are not ready to mingle or go along with the bureaucracies of the rulers and government, but determine to carry out their programs and projects without any hinderances. Communities are looking forward for such to happen in the area of continual enjoyment of general utilities that will give meaningful lives to African. These realiable NGOs are available to execute programs and projects that could stop corruptions within a very short time as they are being completed. Water, electricity (power generations), transportation, housing, employment generations, proper identification of individual as a citizen of their nation in Africa in which most of the Africa nations could not do successfully. Funds could be released to individual, companies and corporate bodies through genuine NGOs or Organizations that are reliable and sincere in line with Africa Trade Fund system to enable Africa to develop.
GEOFREY NYEKO - Uganda 12/10/2013 09:00
Excellent idea
Mohamed Ahmed - Kenya 11/10/2013 21:45
We need to facilitation projects such as the creation of one stop border posts (OSBPs), modernization of customs systems, development of corridors, enhancement of border management, etc.; in Mandera county
We need projects aiming to enhance standards capacity (especially sanitary and phytosanitary standards) to facilitate market access and increase product quality;
Development of market information systems to facilitation access to information;
We are implementing projects and programs aiming to strengthen the capacity of trade-related community economy so that they can better implement their mandates.
Margaret Mbogoh - Kenya 11/10/2013 17:46
This seems to be a wonderful initiative and I thank AfDB most graciuosly. We will apply so we can make a difference in the lives of poor Kenyans who otherwise would not have a chance at self-reliance.
BOUDA O Philippe - Burkina Faso 11/10/2013 10:57
what 's a wonderful opportunity for us to hope move out poverty. I whish the conditions could be accessible for us because if conditions is too hard ,it's very difficult for us to know where the line should be drawn.
KINGSLEY ISONG NTUI - Nigeria 11/10/2013 10:25
We appreciate this initiative.We shall be part of it.
Richard Tembo - Malawi 11/10/2013 09:51
The Fund is good for promoting Sustainable Development in Africa. Bravo AFDB and CIDA
Memfih Ntangsi Max - Cameroon 11/10/2013 08:41
This is an excellent research opportunity to promote intra and inter African trade but unfortunately, the call seems to exclude universities which are the think tanks in Africa.



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