The African Trade Policy Institute (IPAC) aims to be a melting pot and a framework of excellence, quality and social and professional ethics and which offers a new opportunity and a new vision in training, coordination, cooperation and information on trade policies and international trade for Africa. It is also a framework for consultation and mediation between economic operators and for building the capacities of all those involved in trade policy.

Its basic objective is to help create a critical mass of intellectuals and qualified resource persons in Africa on international trade negotiations (WTO, EPA), on international trade rules, on market access for trade in services, market access for trade in goods, international competition, tariffs and subsidies, special and differential treatment (SDT) as well as trade-related technical assistance (TRTA). The harmonious integration of our continent into the multilateral trading system (MTS), as well as the need to reap the fruits of globalization, require the efficient appropriation and use of trade policy tools for development and in favor of of our populations.

In this context, the institute will offer not only classic training for graduates and students, but also continuous, targeted and specialized training for professionals in the public and private sectors. The IPAC will serve as a friendly and useful framework for organizing seminars, conferences and training workshops adapted to professional organizations, through continuing and continuing education and through specialized studies and research.

Thus, the Institute will make its contribution to support African States, on the one hand in the formulation and implementation of an innovative trade policy and, on the other hand, in the conduct of international trade negotiations in providing them with cutting-edge technical information and tools and enabling them to harmonize their positions and, above all, to make their participation in the multilateral trading system credible.

To accomplish its missions, the institute benefits from privileged partnerships with public, private and academic institutions located at national, regional and international level, and which work for the efficient implementation of trade policy in the service of sustainable development, fight against poverty and economic growth in Senegal, Africa and the world.

This is how the IPAC offers a range of highly qualified and innovative sectors which all revolve around the issue of trade policy and international trade to restore it to its place and rank as a tool and an economic instrument. efficient for development. These Sectors relate in particular to the management of development projects, the financing of trade and business policy, and trade facilitation. All these Streams will be taught from a three-fold national, regional and international perspective.

Finally, it should be noted that all IPAC actions will be part of a Quality approach built and applied using performance indicators and highly credible parameters. Teaching, recourse to and constant support for communication and information techniques (ICT), as well as the privileged place given to foreign languages ​​are significant indicators. These will tend to ensure the consistency of educational objectives with professional, ethical, patriotic and civil values ​​as known and applied in Senegal, Africa and the world.

Dr FALOU SAMB