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Africa: Regional Trade Facilitation Program

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme on fair-trade exports in southern Africa since 2005. (211810)

As a result of the work carried out by the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme (RTFP), smallholder’s market access on fair terms, for many commodities, has improved. More small scale producers are benefiting, and export volumes are rising, both to South African and international markets. For example, the exports of organic groundnuts to Europe increased from zero to 126 metric tonnes between 2005 and 2007; and South Africa’s tea imports from Tanzania increased by 600 tonnes between 2005 and 2006.