On trade, ECOPA has developed specialized analytic expertise. Its approach, combining state-of-the-art modelling techniques with strong experience in the field, generates robust and well-researched recommendations on trade-related decisions. ECOPA’s projects have involved the deployment of large-scale computable general and partial equilibrium models to assess the impact of regional and bilateral trade agreements.

Projects

Net fiscal impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union (Central Africa)

For TradeCom (a EU agency) and the Central African region, ECOPA developed a set of economic models to evaluate the net fiscal impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union in the eight countries of the Central African region (Congo Brazzaville, DRC, São Tomé & Principe, Gabon, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Central […]

Development of a trade data base in Sudan

ECOPA undertook this one-person assignment that is part of a broader project aiming at strengthening the Sudan national capacity for EPA negotiations and for EPA implementation and monitoring. The assignment included: (i) Assessing and recording the current availability and quality of trade data (goods and services) in Sudan; (ii) Assessing the level of competence and […]

Study on the Implementation of the MSG Trade Agreement and Roadmap for Future Regional Integration

ECOPA assisted the member states of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in deciding the future direction of the MSG Trade Agreement (MSGTA). The specific objectives of the study were to: (i) assess the implementation of the current MSGTA, its impact on trade and economic performance in MSG countries with a view to improving its performance; […]

Technical Assistance to support Pacific ACP States to prepare their trade in goods market access offers for the purpose of EPA negotiations

The overall objective of this project was to assist the 7 countries of the Pacific Island Forum in preparing their EPA trade in goods offers. For this project, ECOPA developed an EPA Data Tool (based on a partial equilibrium model) to analyze and formulate EPA offers. The Data Tool was built upon trade flows and […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on the Congolese economy

ECOPA led this three-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Central Africa) in Congo. The study used a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model of the economy of Congo, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on customs revenue and domestic taxation

ECOPA has led this three-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and ECOWAS) in Mali. The study used a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model of the Malian economy, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided an evaluation […]

Study of the benefits and disadvantages of STP’s accession to CEMAC

ECOPA led this evaluation of STP’s accession to the Monetary and Economic Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), including the impact of the Economic Partnership Association (EPA) between CEMAC and the EU and the accession to the CFA monetary zone. The study provides accompanying measures to support the regional integration process and includes a macroeconomic dynamic […]

Study of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement on customs revenue and domestic taxation

ECOPA led this 3-person EC-funded assignment on the quantitative evaluation of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Central Africa) in Cameroon. The study relied on a macroeconomic dynamic Computable General Equilibrium model of the economy of Cameroon, including a detailed external trade module. The model provided […]