The Hub and Spokes programme is an innovative aid for trade initiative that helps enhance trade capacity in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states. It is a joint programme of the European Union, Commonwealth Secretariat, ACP Group Secretariat, and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Under the programme, trade advisers – the ‘spokes’ – strengthen and enhance the capacity of government ministries, while regional trade advisers – the ‘hubs’ – provide assistance to major regional organisations.
The initiative helps participating countries to develop and implement trade policies and agreements that both reflect national priorities and are effective in a global trading system.
Its overall objective is to contribute to sustainable economic development and poverty reduction in ACP countries through closer regional integration and increased participation in international trade. The programme is helping countries to:
Five hubs and 20 spokes have been deployed by the Commonwealth Secretariat to key regional and national organisations, including ministries. The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) has also deployed an additional four hubs and 16 spokes in Africa, resulting in a total of nine hubs and 36 spokes.