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1.0 Background

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Uganda, with support from the World Bank is implementing the “Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project (GLTFP)” with the aim of improving regional infrastructure and in particular remove both at and behind border constraints to regional trade. The Development Objective of GLTF project is to facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity of commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted borders. The project has 4 (four) components and these are;

  1. Improvement of core border infrastructure and facilities.
  2. Implementation Policy and Procedural Reforms and undertaking Capacity Building to facilitate cross-border trade in goods and services.
  3. Performance Based Management in Cross-Border Trade Administration.
  4. Implementation Support, Communication plus Monitoring and Evaluation.

In pursuit of component 2, and as a critical activity in preparation for smooth implementation of subsequent project activities, MTIC-GLTFP PCU has organized capacity building and training workshops for beneficiary border local councils (Mpondwe, Bunagana and Goli). The trainings will specifically target for Cross Border Traders’ Associations (CBTAs), selected key Project affected persons and council officials. The purpose of the training is to streamline functionality of CBTAs especially in terms of cohesiveness and inclusion, as well as strengthen capacities of border communities and Local Government officials effectively play their roles in respect to the project. The specific objectives of the activity are;

  1. Guide and support the CBTAs to finalize and own their operational constitution.
  2. Guide and support the finalization of guidelines for management of the Trade Information Desks (TIDs), with clear obligations and mandates for proper running of the CBTAs.
  3. Strengthen capacities of CBTAs in various aspects critical for proper governance and effective administration such leadership, group dynamics, strategy formulation, gender balance, inclusiveness, dispute resolution as well as creation of effective collaborative linkages.
  4. Clarify on the oversight function of CBTAs including roles and responsibilities, as well as rights and obligations.