Eckart Naumann is an independent economist and an Associate of the Trade Law Centre (tralac). He has done work relating to range of industries and subjects, usually around international trade, while much focus has been on rules of origin, including various intra-African agreements as well as those with the EU (Cotonou, EPAs). He has assisted regional communities and individual countries on rules of origin, especially in their preparations for negotiating revised rules of origin, and in capacity building initiatives for stakeholders including the private sector, customs bodies, trade ministries and regional secretariats. Work for the private sector includes rules of origin related strategy and technical assistance. In the run-up to and preparation for the EPAs, he was part of the ACP Expert Group on rules of origin.