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LSE helps to expand trade in Africa

Four African nations are getting advice on how to grow their trade around the world during a study tour involving experts from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

A group of eight senior professionals from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia began a European study tour on Monday (June 30) as part of a trade capacity-building programme run by the East and Southern Africa Management Institute| (ESAMI) based in Tanzania.

Photograph of a dock winchLSE Enterprise|, together with the European Centre for Development Policy Management| (ECDPM) in Maastricht is working with ESAMI to develop the courses for African trade negotiators. The programme is intended to promote skills and expertise in international trade and trade related issues throughout Africa.

The study tour, which is supported by the European Development Fund-TradeCom Facility, is part of a programme that involves LSE staff and other experts running sessions in Arusha, Tanzania. The current tour includes visits to the World Trade Organisation, European Commission, European Parliament, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Dr Steve Woolcock, Head of International Trade Policy Unit at LSE|, has been leading the programme team.

Photograph of Euro coinsSimon Flemington, Chief Executive of LSE Enterprise, said: 'This is an important initiative of LSE Enterprise in the field of development management. Our development assistance work supported by the Department for International Development and the EC has been very successful and this adds another feather in our cap. We intend to expand such programmes in Africa and other developing countries'.

Sandeep Singh, Project Manager at LSE Enterprise, said: 'We see this programme led by the LSE and ECDPM as an important North- South knowledge transfer initiative. The African participants have been very pleased with the programme so far, and we look forward to welcome them to the European study tour, which will show them the workings of important multilateral institutions.


For more information contact:

Sandeep Singh, LSE Enterprise, +44 (0)20 7955 6505 s.singh7@lse.ac.uk|
Dr Steve Woolcock  s.b.woolcock@lse.ac.uk|
Kathleen van Hoove, ECDPM Brussels, kvh@ecdpm.org|

30 June 2008