Trade facilitation (TF) has become a key policy issue for both governments and business as it cuts the costs of doing trade, reduces delays at the border, and makes public agencies dealing with trade more efficient. It is at the heart of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round of negotiations.
The UN Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide is a web-based interactive tool to help countries better understand the key elements and instruments of trade facilitation. A set of case stories on how countries have succeeded in facilitating trade complements the Guide. It is available at: http://www.unece.org/trade/tfig
Purpose of the workshops
The workshop aims to train participants on how to use the Guide for TF reform efforts and to stimulate the sharing of best practices and the discussion of opportunities for inter-agency cooperation in the TF areas covered in the Guide (Process simplification, Cross border management, Consultation and cooperation for TF, Single Window implementation, Documents simplification, etc.).
By the end of the course participants will have:
- Gained an enhanced understanding of TF and the approaches and methodologies that underpin TF efforts, including how TF is discussed at the WTO.
- Discussed and analyzed paths for dealing with key TF issues, including: How to rationalize trade documents and information requirements, how to establish a SW; How to reduce delays at the border.
- Looked at TF instruments (Conventions, Recommendations, Standards, Guides and Best Practices, Glossaries) and organizations (UNECE, UNCTAD, WCO, WTO, WB, etc.) dealing with TF.
- Learned how the Guide works and how to design and conduct training with the Guide based on capacity building needs in own context.
- Exchanged views and been exposed to diverse experiences and best – practices and forged networks with other professionals.
The target audience is a combination of policy makers and implementers involved in reform programs and experts in charge of capacity building activities for TF. Typical participants are from National Trade and Transport Facilitation Bodies, Ministries of Trade, Customs, other inspection bodies, businesses and technical assistance agencies.
The course is designed with the aim of facilitating dynamic learning of TF priorities and implementation strategies.
The learning activities stimulate active involvement and encourage participants to reflect on their own context and to share their experiences.
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to the UNECE Trade Facilitation Implementation Workshop.