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Hub and Spokes trade programme

The Hub and Spokes programme was an innovative aid for trade initiative that deployed trade advisors to government ministries and economic organisations in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries.

The programme ended on 31 August 2019. A similar project is currently being developed. The Commonwealth continues to support trade in Africa and Pacific regions via the African Union Commission and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat through to June 2020.

Hub and Spokes was a joint initiative of the European Union, Commonwealth Secretariat, ACP Group Secretariat and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

National trade advisers (the ‘spokes’) were sent to support government trade ministries. Regional trade advisers (the ‘hubs’) were sent to support major regional organisations.

The programme helped countries to:

  • train key stakeholders and policy-makers in trade policy issues 
  • negotiate and implement international trade agreements
  • establish and strengthen national and regional trade networks


Throughout the final phase, 43 advisers were deployed in 28 African, Caribbean and Pacific  countries.

The Commonwealth deployed 7 Regional Trade Advisers (Hubs) and 16 National Trade Advisers (Spokes) in the Eastern and Southern Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions.

The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) deployed 4 ‘Hubs’ and 16 ‘Spokes’ in Central and West Africa.

PDF map of advisors

Interactive Google map of advisors 

Results from Hub and Spokes I (2004-2012, PDF)

Case studies

News and blogs

Logos of the organisations involved in the Hubs and Spokes programme