In Madagascar, policymakers decided to substantially reduce tariffs on capital goods which had been high compared to regional competitors. This happened only after a careful assessment of the revenue implications of the reform using TRIST, which demonstrated that revenue losses would be much lower than initially expected.
TRIST is also the tool of choice for the COMESA secretariat to project revenue shares and to estimate revenue losses emanating from needed trade reforms for which countries can subsequently be reimbursed.
In Nigeria, an analysis of the revenue implications of an EPA with the EU (Andriamananjara et al, 2009) has found strong interest among high level policymakers involved in the decision whether or not to engage in such an agreement. A recent government requested training activity in Abuja was organized to gather a group of selected Nigerian government officials to analyze the impact of an EPA as a basis of a prospective decision on the implementation of the agreement.
TRIST has also proven very useful for World Bank work, for example to provide input to reports and country studies, such as the CEM for Mozambique, a report on the impact of an EPA on Nigeria and an MNSED review of the Syrian import regime. Following the open-source principle, the use of TRIST by external researchers and development partners is also encouraged.
Last updated on Sep 28, 2009