The trade policy output seeks to build local capacity so that stakeholders are better placed to formulate trade policies and regulations, which enhance export competiveness. Inevitably, there are several prerequisites that help formulate good trade policies and regulations for export success. These are outlined in the following graphic.
The trade policy output aims to promote these prerequisites through the implementation of a range of activities, taking into consideration the existing context. Specifically, this will involve:• Reinforcing the skills of government officers working in trade-related ministries and implementing agencies on issues related to trade policy, regulatory reform and trade negotiations• Promoting comprehensive, regular and well-informed public-private consultation among the government, private sector, civil society and research institutes for trade policy development, monitoring and evaluationThe consultation process, which is established and maintained simultaneously with the strengthening of technical skills of stakeholders, will act as a powerful means to aid policy formulation and implementation.