A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


altGeorge Bruno Gandye (pictured, left) and Mesia John Ilomo, of Vi core member, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, collaborated on the development of a Vi-sponsored training module on their country's trade policy and foreign trade performance.

Former Vi fellows, Gandye and Ilomo also completed internships at two government ministries last year, which gave them valuable first-hand knowledge to integrate into their training material.

The training module presents an empirical assessment of foreign trade policy and performance in Tanzania since 2003, and the analysis undertaken indicates that there is a strong relationship between trade and the country’s economic growth.

The intensification of regional integration, in particular the implementation of EAC-CU protocol, improved intra-regional trade and consequently increased Tanzania's relative share in the region. Generally, regional integration presents opportunities and challenges which must be appropriately addressed by member countries to have positive impact on economy. In particular, EAC partner states must ensure that the process is inclusive and owned by stakeholders.

EAC must also improve production by creating a more favourable investment climate that addresses supply-side constraints, such as the existing rudimentary infrastructure and laws and regulations that affect private sector development. Tanzania’s geographical location, together with its wealth of natural resources, should serve the country to improve its trade competitiveness.

The training module was peer reviewed by Pierguiseppe Fortunato, of UNCTAD's Unit on Economic Cooperation and Integration Among Developing Countries, and Marco Fugazza, of the UNCTAD Division on International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities.

The material is available online to Vi university members.