ILEAP convened a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10-12 November 2004. The meeting - organized in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) - aimed at strengthening the capacity of East African trade policymakers and negotiators, as well as other stakeholders in pursuing their objectives in trade negotiations following the July Package agreed to by the WTO General Council on August 1, 2004. The meeting was overseen by a steering committee as follows:1
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
- Mr. Elijah Manyara, Chair (Kenya)
- Mr. P. Elimu Elyetu (Uganda)
- Dr. Francis Mangeni (Uganda)
- Dr. Dominique Njinkeu, Secretary (ILEAP, Canada)
The meeting was attended by sixty-seven participants, including: thirty-six policymakers and negotiators from Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia; including four Geneva-based negotiators), nine members of the academic/research community and eight representatives of private sector operators and associations, in addition to members of civil society,
regional and international organizations. Resource persons and papers were also contributed by the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the African Union. The key recommendations of the meeting on trade issues of interest to East African countries fall under the following sub-themes: Agriculture; Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA); Services; Trade Facilitation; Capacity Building and Participation; and Coherence.
- to ensure adequate understanding of the current state of play in the negotiations;
- to ensure coherence between trade negotiations and other domestic policies; and,
- to discuss the approach to meeting the challenges associated with the negotiations and taking advantage of opportunities.
- Also involved in the planning stage of the workshop were Mr. Modest Mero (Tanzania), Dr. Flora Musonda (Tanzania) and Dr. Hezron Nyangito (Kenya).