Enhancing Non-State Actor’s Engagement in the Continental Free Trade Area Processes


This is a short intervention being funded by the Consumer Unity and Trust Society International Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) Zambia.  MEJN has signed a contract with the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) Zambia for implementation of a trade governance project which runs from August 2020 to December 2020 with a possibility of another contract from January 2021 to December 2021. The funding under the current contract is US$ 10,600 (about MK7.9 million). The project seeks to enhance the participation of non-state actors in the negotiations for the establishment of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) which are currently underway. Implementation of the project commenced and is expected to mobilize the voice of non-state actors and feed them into the Malawi’s preparatory processes for the negotiations. The project is expected to contribute to ensuring that the AfCTA is pro poor and that all relevant stakeholders are participating in the processes.

  1. Southern Africa People Solidarity Network (SAPSN)

MEJN is also a key member to the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN), which is a regional network founded in 1999 by civil society organizations (CSOs) working on debt, trade, structural adjustment, poverty, and globalization in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. SAPSN was established to redirect socio-economic policy towards people’s needs as a result of the complex regional and global neo-liberal policy developments in the SADC region.


MEJN has been the an active member of SAPSN once hosted its Secretariat from 2010 through 2016 successfully championing, mobilizing and engaging the SADC Secretariat and its structures for the operationalization of the drive and the quest for a truly people-centered SADC. Currently MEJN seats at the Regional Coordinating Committee for SAPSN.


Every year SAPSN organizes Summit wherever and whenever SADC Heads of State and Government are meeting. The summit brings together different groups of people within and beyond the SADC Member States. These include Women Farmers, Cross border Traders, Trade Unions, Human Rights Defenders, CSOs, Communities who are affected by mining investments, tertiary institutions students among others.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic; the 40th Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government meeting which was hosted by Mozambique was conducted visually. This also meant that the Peoples Summit which was also set to happen in Mozambique be done visually as well. MEJN as per tradition mobilized participation to various break away groups which were arranged for different topical discussions on pertinent issues affecting our people. One key deliverable as usual for such summits is a petition which is normally presented to the Heads of State as they meet as well. MEJN coordinated submissions for Malawi through a consultative forum participated by almost all the sector networks who came up with  consolidated positions on a number of issues within their sectors. Participating networks included MHEN, CSEC, MCTU, CBTA, CISANET, NASFAM, MHRYN, CHRR among others.

Currently Malawi and its Head of State is the vice chairperson for the SADC and as such, Malawi will host the 41st (2021) SADC Heads of State and Government Meeting.

This implies that MEJN on the other hand will also host the 2021 Southern Africa Peoples Solidarity Network meeting popularly known as The SADC Peoples Summit. The SADC People’s Summit is one of the major platforms which is convened annually by SAPSN, as a conference of people movements’ voices organized around the convening of the SADC Heads of State Summits. These give the SADC peoples from all walks of life, particularly the marginalized an open space to articulate aggregate and review the economic, social and political challenges faced in the region; and to register their concerns and voice with the SADC Heads of States.


Location: Malawi
Surface Area:
Year: 2020-2021
Value: US$ 10,600
Categories: Advocacy,
Area 47, Sector 4
Mon - Sat: 7:00-18:00
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