19/09/2016 – 23/09/2016


The venue Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana


7 Professional Facilitators

TRADE FACILITATION TRAINING WORKSHOP / In collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)


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:

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.).

Learning objectives

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.


Target Audience

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.

Training methodology

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.



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Workshop Schedule /


WORKSHOP FACILITATORS / meet our professionals

Valentina Mintah is an internationally recognized expert in trade facilitation, customs modernization

Tom BUTTERLY is Director and Lead Consultant at Trade Development and

Aminu is the Project delivery Manager, He has over 10 years’

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The venue Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana

Registration is strictly by invitation only.

Invited participants should send confirmation email to

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Registration for the training is handled by West Blue Consulting.