The TAF2+ funds are managed by Cowater. They manage the procurement process and procedures ensuring the value for money in the outsourced activities, as well as delivering high technical expertise in the field of international trade and investment policy.
Access to fund beneficiaries will be governments from LDCs, LICs and LMICs (including country groups).
Service providers will range from specialized companies and organisations whose specialisms are in trade and investment related issues in the above mentioned group of countries.
TAF2+ started in February 2017 and will be available for six years.
To make progress on the trade agenda towards the sustainable development goals over the next six years, developing countries need significant support in preparing for and participating in trade and investment negotiations – at the multilateral, regional or bilateral levels. TAF2+ continues to play an important and significant role in building the capacity of developing countries to negotiate more effectively in order to unlock the gains and accelerate inclusive economic development.
- Highly technical external advice to support ministries to inform negotiation positions
- Skills training to develop and assess at the ministries’ level options for negotiation positions
- Logistical support for a pre-meeting of countries enabling a common position during larger regional/multilateral meetings
- Increases internal standards within partner ministries through highly technical external advice
- Better strategic planning within ministries
- Improved capacity to analyse growth, poverty and gender aspects of agreements
- Donor-coordination: FCDO central and country programmes, and other donors
- Increased capacity of FCDO country offices to support developing country partners on trade and investment
The services will be for the benefit of developing country governments and the citizens of those countries which includes the poorest and most vulnerable. The direct beneficiaries will be government officials and, to a lesser extent, FCDO country office staff seeking highly technical trade advice and training.
Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe