project brief

Search for Common Ground (Phase II)

Implementor

Search for Common Ground

Target Group

Small traders and Border officials

Project Value

US$ 200,000

Implementation Period

2013 - 2017

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Why this project?

Burundi, as other East African economies, has a large informal trade sector, non-integrated with the formal economy and large business. Informal trade across borders is most often important to rural livelihoods, managed by individuals with a daily profit of under $50 per day. A 2009 study by the African Trade Policy Centre shows that informal cross border traders across the region do not use available formal systems/structures for most of their transactions. This makes it difficult for regional trade policy initiatives such as those under the EAC and its Customs Union Protocol to have any significant impact on this informal trade. The traders show little evidence of knowledge regarding the EAC Customs Protocol and even less motivation to use it to facilitate trading activities.

What:

The objective of this project is to improve the relationships between small traders and border officials.

How:

Trade Mark East Africa will provide support to Search for Common Ground (SFCG) to implement a second phase of the project.

Contact:

Alice Nibitanga, Email: alice.nibitanga@trademarkea.com

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Desired Results

Improved relationships between small traders and border officials which contribute to improved trade climate & governance in Burundi and around the EAC community.

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Key output includes:

Consolidating the results of the first phase of the project

Extending the project to the Burundi-Tanzania border

Reinforcing Government-Trader Engagement on Cross-Border Trade

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