Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The project provided TISIs and associations (THC, AMAGRO and TASPA /SIDO) in the three sectors (honey, mango and spices) with coaching and tools to advocate on behalf of business interests and to influence business and trade policies affecting regional trade. Business Process Analysis (BPA) is a methodology for the analysis of a business with a view to understanding the processes and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its operations. It describes the processes involved, parties participating, information exchanged and documents produced. BPA is therefore an important tool for many trade facilitation initiatives that require changing the underlying operations and processes, in the case of the project, to simplify the processes for companies related to exporting, mango products, honey and spices.The BPA study provides a basis for advocacy, public-private dialogue (PPD) and trade policy reform, including intra-regional trade policies. The BPA study includes a simple methodology to elicit, document and analyse existing “as-is” business processes involved in international trade, as well as aid in developing recommendations for further improvement. It suggests a set of practical steps and activities, from setting the scope of the business process analysis, planning its implementation, collecting relevant data, and presenting it in an easily understandable manner, to analysing the captured data in order to identify bottlenecks and develop recommendations for improvement. As a result, institutions and business associations will be able to use the BPA study to advocate for their business interests and to influence business and trade policies affecting regional trade. Where appropriate, sectoral associations in Tanzania could also work with regional apex bodies to address obstacles, including those that could be addressed in the context of Africa’s Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Furthermore, businesses will also benefit, through enhanced trade performance, from a better understanding of their value chains.