CUTS Africa Resource Centre with collaboration with CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment (CUTS CITEE), organised the Regional Conference on "Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction" as part of the project entitled "Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction (TDP)". Details of this project are available at: www.cuts-citee.org/tdp.htm
The TDP project aims to promote coherence between trade development poverty reduction policies in 13 developing countries in Africa and Asia and promote pro-poor trade policies at the national international level. This regional conference on TDP was an important event that provided an opportunity for project partners and other key stakeholders from across the Eastern and Southern African region to get together to share insights and experiences while working on TDP linkages. In addition, it offered an opportunity to critically investigate existing initiatives. Discussions were stimulated by the presentation of a study critically analysing the effectiveness of existing TDP initiatives.
The Regional Conference of the TDP project was held at the Hotel Silver Springs, Nairobi, on October 16-17, 2006.
The objectives of the regional Conference were to:
to provide a discussion forum in which to deliberate the various trade-related capacity building initiatives in Africa from the point of view of development and poverty reduction;
to promote the cross fertilisation of experiences and lessons learnt from existing TDP initiatives; and
to facilitate appropriate civil society policy responses evolve synergistic positions and take forward well-argued viewpoints for pro-poor development and sustainable economic growth.