As part of the Institute’s work and its role as the Secretariat for the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty (APPG TOP), the Institute intends to stimulate innovative thinking and encourage use of evidence in policies by becoming a Knowledge Hub which provides a platform for information-sharing across sectors.
The Saana Institute was invited to participate at a Department for International Development (DFID) internal trade and development “open ideas day” in February 2015. Saana outlined key avenues for reflection when it comes to supporting regional integration in developing countries.
The Saana Institute participated in TradeMark East Africa’s Symposium on Regional Integration, Trade, Growth and Poverty held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Saana Institute team presented three research papers:
i) The segmented nature of informal cross-border trade (ICBT) and East Africa and the implications for Aid for Trade interventions
ii) The Common External Tariff Arrangements and Poverty Reduction – Comparing the Experiences of ECOWAS and the EAC
iii) Poverty Impact Evaluations: Exploring the Opportunities for Experimental Methodologies as part of TMEA
At the request of the EAC Secretary General, the Saana Institute has produced a briefing paper outlining progress on the Continental Free Trade Area.