Trade Facilitation Agreement Outcome
UNCTAD is organizing the first International Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees in cooperation with other international organizations. The aim is to enable the heads of national trade facilitation committees and give them the opportunity to access finance. The forum will be held from 23 to 27 January 2017 at UNCTAD headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 4.3. General workshops on the TFA, including national and regional workshops and ITTC courses on trade policy, are organised by the WTO Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) and, although these activities may be carried out by TFAF staff, they are not covered by this report. Information on these activities, including an online training course on trade facilitation that ITTC is developing, is available in the ittc annual report. 4.14. Each meeting should cover a wide range of issues related to trade facilitation, including the implementation and support status of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; engagement and support for the development of e-commerce and digital commerce; and the advancement of trade facilitation projects in Asia and the Pacific. Particular attention was paid to the needs of the least developed countries and geographically isolated economies. 5.3. The Mechanism organized, in collaboration with Annex D partners, a workshop entitled „Trade Facilitation on Track“ at the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference.
The event was open to all conference participants. These were eight presentations by leaders from the public and private sectors and the TFAF. Stakeholders discussed the benefits of implementing the TFA through faster and cheaper trade at the border; They also stressed the importance of local authorities taking ownership of reform plans, the cooperation of several stakeholders and building the capacity needed for the successful implementation of the agreement. The room was in the occupied place. Bureaucratic delays and „bureaucracy“ weigh on traders for cross-border trade. Trade facilitation — the simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes — has therefore become an important issue for the global trading system. To benefit from special and differential treatment (SDT), a member must inform other WTO members, using the following categories, of the date on which it will implement any trade facilitation measure. The agreement sets deadlines for such notifications. UNCTAD has extensive expertise and experience in trade facilitation and provides its members with technical assistance and capacity-building support, including the establishment of national trade and transport facilitation committees, needs analysis, trade facilitation schedules, transit agreements and customs automation through its UNCTAD Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) programme and trade portals.
4.11. The main objective of the forum was for participants to exchange experiences and best practices with a view to establishing and maintaining a national committee for trade facilitation. Participants also learned about technical assistance programmes in support of these committees, available through international and regional organizations. The forum was also an excellent opportunity for officials from the capital to meet with officials from other members` national committees. The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017. It is the result of the Doha Round of trade negotiations, which began in 2001. The text of the TFA was adopted by WTO members at the 9th Ministerial Conference held in Bali from 3 to 6 December 2013. . . .