Capacity Building Support to Tripartite


  • Reference: P-Z1-KZ0-018
  • Approval date: 09/10/2013
  • Start date: 05/03/2014
  • Appraisal Date: 10/07/2013
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Location: COMESA, EAC and SADC Regions


The proposed programme has four components:

(i) infrastructure software development;

(ii) capacity building;

(iii) industrial capacity development; and

(iv) project management. The first component focuses on the development of comprehensive NTMs and Industrial Databases at the national and regional levels. Mechanisms for their regular updating will be put in place to ensure availability of updated information to private sector operators, policy makers and academia for analytical purposes and decision making. Component two targets most stakeholders in the tripartite region including NTMs data collectors, border regulators; private sector representatives and trade and component three focuses on the private sector and industrial policy makers. The fourth component focuses on the financial and administrative aspects of the project and will include both RECs and Bank Staff.


The main objective of the programe is to increase intra-tripartite trade through support to the negotiation process and development of trade facilitation instruments in the Tripartite Free Trade Area.


The rationale for the programme can be put in the broader context of support to intra-tripartite trade growth which is instrumental to boosting the welfare of over 587 million consumers through the removal of barriers to movement of goods and services, development of regional value chains, job creation and poverty alleviation thereby facilitating the realisation of inclusive growth in the impacted RMCs. The programme is also justified in view of the development approach to regional in tegration adopted by the 2nd Tripartite Summit which is anchored on the market integration, infrastructure and industrial development pillars. The infrastructure pillar is well supported by other development partners leaving a gap for the other two pillars. Additional resources and technical support are also required to complement DFID in implementing the tripartite work programmes and decisions of the Tripartite Task Force (TTF).


The direct beneficiaries of the programme will be the Tripartite RECs namely COMESA, EAC and SADC. RMCs too will benefit from the projects various components.

Key contacts

AJUMBO Gerald Cornells Ochieng - ONRI2


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 3,243,931
DeltaUAC 4,506,069
TotalUAC 7,750,000