Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) has continued its efforts to support the government of Somaliland develop a draft Trade and Transit Agreement to negotiate with Ethiopia,said the organisation in a statement.
The advisory support would build on an earlier transit agreement drafted in 2005,said TAF.
According to TAF,nitial training session in December 2015 centred on Trade in Services which included simulation activities which allowed the 16 participants gain experience in negotiating mock agreements.
Further trainings in February 2016 addressed Trade, Transit & Trade Facilitation processes, and included sessions on how Somaliland can address barriers to transport through regional and international instruments.This was followed by trainings in February 2016 addressed Trade, Transit & Trade Facilitation processes, and included sessions on how Somaliland can address barriers to transport through regional and international instruments.
According to TAF,Ethiopia and Somaliland are expected to resume negotiations over the draft Trade & Transit Agreement imminently, using the draft agreement developed with TAF support as a basis for talks.
TAF support in Somaliland is provided via World Trade Institute Advisors (WTIA).
TAF is British organisation which offers flexible, responsive help to developing countries that need to defend their interests and to negotiate for change within the global trading system.It provide legal advice and support to the world’s most vulnerable countries to prepare for and engage in key trade talks.