Trade policy and negotiations



Course Summary

The course develops participant’s skills and knowledge in the following ways;

  • Trade negotiation skills, presentation and communication skills
  • Use of tools, models and data for economic and trade analysis
  • The use, design, evaluation and interpretation of economic research
  • The preparation of policy briefs, memos and submissions.
  • International trade economics and the role of trade liberalisation
  • International trade negotiations
  • Issues constraining fairer trade in Africa
  • Subsidies, tariffs and other trade remedies – policy objectives and economic implications
  • Industrial policy and export diversification – policy objectives and economic implications
  • The World Trade Organisation (WTO) – key concepts, agreements, debates and challenges including trade facilitation, African integration and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
  • Economic Partnership agreements affecting Africa including Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) and Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)
  • Free trade agreements – policy objectives and economic/social implications
  • Regional integration – policy objectives and economic/social implications
  • Investment promotion strategies
  • Case studies showcasing international commercial disputes and resolution mechanisms
  • The rise of protectionism and trade wars in international trade
  • Assessment of key methods of global value chains: best approaches for Africa
    e-Commerce in the African context
  • The links between trade, poverty reduction and sustainable development
  • Broader leadership and organisational management competencies. This includes:
    -Project management
    -Change management, and
    -Public speaking
  • Addressing cross cutting development issues such as gender equity, inclusive development, ethics and transparency

Target Group

  • You are a national of an eligible country
  • You are a mid to senior-level professional working in the field of trade policy, practice, research or reform role
  • You are currently employed in a trade or related ministry, national/regional trade organization, policy/research institution, civil society organisation or a private company
  • You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained through the short course to improve trade policy, practice, research or reform in your home country

General Eligibility Criteria for Short Course Applicants

  • Have citizenship of and be currently living in the country of your nationality
  • Not be married to/or be a de facto of, or engaged to be married to, a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant’s country and/or government of citizenship
  • Satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a DFAT student visa
  • Satisfy any specific admission requirements of the Institution at which the short course is to be undertaken
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent