Africa: Trade

International Development written question – answered on 20th October 2008.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is supporting to promote trade between African countries.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

The Department for International Development's (DFID) work to facilitate trade between African countries is mainly focused in east and southern Africa. In east Africa, DFID is preparing a major new regional programme which will help to facilitate trade between East African Community member states (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi). It will focus on reducing the costs of trading across borders by supporting one stop border posts, customs reforms and the development of revenue sharing arrangements between countries.

In southern Africa, DFID funds the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme. This aims to make it quicker and easier for businesses to trade between countries. Important activities include harmonisation of trade-related regulations and procedures, introduction of one stop border posts, and promotion of exports into the south African market.

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