The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was a resource person at an international trade negotiation training which ACCORD conducted in partnership with the International Senior Lawyers Programme (ISLP) in Uganda between 26 – 29 January 2010.
On 10 November 2008 Lee Ann Sedowski, Research Associate on the Global Development Programme, from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the United States visited ACCORD House. Ms Sedowski visited ACCORD to learn more about its trade negotiation trainings which it has conducted on the Continent as part of its partnership with the International Senior Lawyers Programme (ISLP), based in Washington in the United States.
Richard Kamidza, a Senior Researcher at ACCORD, has been invited to participate in the Regional Information Seminar on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) Trade Negotiations processes between the European Commission (EC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) configuration.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), based in South Africa, and the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP - http://www.islp.org/), based in the United States, are undertaking a joint project on training in trade negotiations that will be applicable to a variety of bilateral and multilateral agreements, in order to enhance the capacity of southern African states to engage comparatively in international trade negotiation platforms. The first International Trade Negotiation Training workshop for the SADC region will be conducted in Botswana, from 8-12 May 2006, in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry for Trade and Industry.
International Trade Negotiations are an increasingly important arena in which African countries face both opportunities and challenges in their efforts to develop their economies. Practical training programs offered by negotiators with extensive experience in trade negotiations in the international arena and with effective negotiating strategies can significantly strengthen the capacity of trade negotiators. Such practical training programs provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and best practices with trade negotiators from other countries. Exposure to the experiences of other trade negotiators, the honing of negotiation skills, and sharing of differing styles in negotiations can greatly assist African countries in developing new and innovative strategies to improve their bargaining position in ongoing negotiations.
The Trade Negotiation Project at ACCORD therefore proposes to:
- Strengthen the participants’ substantive understanding of existing international trade regimes (both multilateral and bilateral);
- Present case studies of current issues of importance to African states and engage in interactive discussions and role playing to examine how those issues might be addressed in different negotiating contexts;
- Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned from experienced negotiators from other areas of the world; and
- Provide training on negotiation theory and practice based on the many years of experience of the trainers, in order to enhance the negotiation skills of active and potential trade negotiators.
Vasu Gounden, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD was in Burundi from the 11-14 May and again from the 16-18 May, where he had meetings with various role players, including President Nkurunziza, related to ACCORD’s ongoing post conflict reconstruction activities in Burundi.
Richard Kamidza, a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and Patrick Macrory, of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) based in Washington, USA, conducted a needs assessment mission with stakeholders in Botswana from 27 February-2 March, regarding the trade negotiation course ACCORD and the ISLP will run from 8 – 12 May 2006.