44 results about TRADE FACILITATION


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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Endorses Trade Facilitation Plan

June 14, 2018

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) endorsed a statement aimed at facilitating trade across its members’ borders, with the regional economic grouping also pledging to support the mult... READ MORE

BLOG

From Facilitation 2.0 to trade policy 3.0: Opportunities to expand and extend the rules of global trade

June 11, 2018

Continued expansion of the multilateral agenda through the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and beyond, or Facilitation 2.0, represents a coherent basis for extendi... READ MORE

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Small-Scale Cross-Border Trade in Africa: Why It Matters and How It Should Be Supported

June 5, 2018

Small-scale cross-border trade can play a fundamental role in contributing to poverty reduction and food security across Africa. How can it be supported to ensure that it delivers its full deve... READ MORE

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Supporting Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders Across Africa

June 5, 2018

Small-scale cross-border trade – often referred to as informal cross-border trade – is a pervasive phenomenon in Africa. As such, it holds fundamental social and economic development im... READ MORE

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The African Continental Free Trade Area: An Opportunity for Informal Cross-Border Trade

June 5, 2018

How can African countries use the African Continental Free Trade Area to overcome the existing challenges to informal cross-border trade and harness the potential of such trade to support incom... READ MORE

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West African Cross-Border Trade: Trends and Opportunities

June 5, 2018

Cross-border trade is not a new phenomenon in West Africa. What are the major changes that made it evolve over time? And which barriers still hinder its development?
 

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Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

April 20, 2018

The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global industrial and societal reorganisation, of which the digitisation of economic acti... READ MORE

RESEARCH

National Committees on Trade Facilitation: current practices and challenges

June 8, 2017

The purpose of this publication is to disseminate information on national experiences, best practices and recommendations with respect to the establishment and functioning of NCTFs. It is based on... READ MORE

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Committee on Trade Facilitation meets for first time

May 16, 2017

Concluded at the WTO’s 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, the TFA entered into force on 22 February 2017 following its ratification by two-thirds of the WTO membership. In line with the Agreement, the... READ MORE

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Macri confident a Mercosur/European Union trade accord can be expected in the second half of 2017

April 19, 2017

Argentine president Mauricio Macri is convinced that in the second half of the year Mercosur will sign the long awaited trade agreement with the European Union and will establish closer links with the... READ MORE

RESEARCH

A closer look at trade costs in the Americas

March 6, 2017

Across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), governments are asking how they can spur growth in a challenging and uncertain global context. The region can ill afford to leave trade barriers unchec... READ MORE

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WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Takes Effect

February 25, 2017

The World Trade Organization announced on Wednesday 22 February that the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has now entered into force, having surpassed the minimum requirement of 110 ratifications... READ MORE

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Major global agreement comes into force making trade cheaper, easier and faster

February 22, 2017

Waiting times at customs points for trucks bringing goods into the East African nation of Rwanda dropped from an astonishing 11 days in 2010 to 34 hours in 2014 thanks to an automated "single window"... READ MORE

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WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

February 22, 2017

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In... READ MORE

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Canada ratifies the Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 16, 2016

Canada has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), making it the 103rd WTO member to do so. Only seven more ratifications from members are needed to bring the TFA into force. READ MORE

RESEARCH

Out of the Border Labyrinth

December 13, 2016

Out of the Border Labyrinth: An Assessment of Trade Facilitation Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean sheds entirely new light on the trade effects of trade facilitation measures... READ MORE

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WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Nearing Entry into Force

December 8, 2016

The process to bring the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) into force is entering the home stretch, with the Geneva-based organisation reporting that only eight more ratifications are... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Global Enabling Trade Report 2016

November 30, 2016

Co-published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, the Report features the Enabling Trade Index, which evaluates 136 economies based on their capacity to facil... READ MORE

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APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Lima

November 20, 2016

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies concluded the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima on Sunday by adopting a Declaration on advancing quality growth and human development. READ MORE

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World Bank: Record number of business reforms carried out in Africa

October 28, 2016

Economies across sub-Saharan Africa have adopted a record number of reforms to upgrade their business environment over the past year, says the World Bank in its Doing Business 2017, the fourteenth... READ MORE

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How the Trade Facilitation Agreement can help reduce trade costs for LDCs

July 19, 2016

The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative launched at the WTO’s 2005 Hong-Kong ministerial meeting has been successful at raising funds. But after five biennial reviews, showing that AfT flows have... READ MORE

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Making trade facilitation work in Africa: Lessons from the service delivery agenda

July 19, 2016

June 23 marked the UN Public Service Day, the official international day of recognition for the value and virtue of public service to the community and its role in the development process.

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Trade facilitation: a priority for the continent?

July 19, 2016

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognises the important role that trade can play as a driver of sustainable and inclusive development. For this potential to materialise in Africa, however,... READ MORE

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WTO members eye preparations for enacting trade facilitation deal

June 20, 2016

WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for... READ MORE

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WTO Members Eye Preparations for Enacting Trade Facilitation Deal

June 16, 2016

WTO members are preparing to put in place the first new global trade deal in decades – the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – given that three-quarters of the ratifications needed for... READ MORE

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Current, Future Trade Deals in Focus at Paris Ministerial Gathering

June 9, 2016

Making progress in current and future trade negotiations was touted as a valuable way for increasing productivity and generating inclusive growth, according to a joint ministerial communiqué issued... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Facilitating ASEAN Trade in Goods

June 1, 2016

Trade facilitation should be viewed as a strategic issue rather than a technical one. While ASEAN has been successful in the phasing out of intra-regional tariffs, ASEAN's trade facilitation is... READ MORE

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Logistics are key to realise Africa's economic potential, says FIATA

May 23, 2016

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA, in French: Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés) released on 17 May 2016 a READ MORE

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Australia shows flexibility in services in proposed free trade agreement with India

April 3, 2016

Australia has offered to be flexible in the area of services and customs procedures to get an early agreement on the proposed bilateral free trade pact with India. “Canberra has agreed to accommodate... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Towards a New Trans-American Partnership

April 1, 2016

The global trade regime is undergoing fundamental changes. While World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries continue to work towards an ever elusive agreement, regional initiatives—most... READ MORE

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EU, US Trade Chiefs Press for TTIP Advances Despite Election, Brexit Dynamic

March 24, 2016

Clinching an ambitious bilateral trade and investment pact in the near term remains a key strategic and economic priority, said the US’ and EU’s top trade officials last week, while ack... READ MORE

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India likely to review FTAs after WTO's facilitation pact kicks in

February 23, 2016

India may take a re-look at its free trade agreements once the World Trade Organization's trade facilitation agreement (TFA) comes into force. The move follows a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nare... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Enhancing Coherence and Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System in an Era of Regionalism

January 22, 2016

This paper examines the implications of this new era of regionalism and offers recommendations on how the system of RTAs can best be leveraged to advance trade and development. Seven policy options... READ MORE

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Azevêdo welcomes efforts to help implement Trade Facilitation Agreement

December 17, 2015

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed on 17 December the pledges made by governments and private sector entities to help developing and least-developed countries implement the WTO’s Trade Facilita... READ MORE

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The WTO’s Nairobi meetings: time to stop the rot

December 16, 2015

The World Trade Organization’s Tenth Ministerial Conference gets under way today in Nairobi – the first time the meetings have been held in Africa. Fourteen years ago, the WTO launched its Doha Round... READ MORE

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Bridges Daily Update #1 - Divides Run Deep as Ministers Arrive at Nairobi WTO Meet

December 14, 2015

Trade ministers are arriving in Nairobi, Kenya to begin their latest biennial conference, set to be held from 15-18 December. Whether the WTO meet will indeed be able to yield substantive outcomes... READ MORE

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We are at the end of the line on the Doha Round of trade talks

December 13, 2015

This week trade ministers will gather to engage once again in the Doha Round of talks which, for all the initial hopes it represented, simply has not delivered. If global trade is to drive development... READ MORE

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Kenya Ratifies Trade Facilitation Agreement in Advance of Nairobi Ministerial Conference

December 10, 2015

Kenya has ratified the new Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), less than a week before it hosts an important high-level WTO trade meeting. The WTO Secretariat received Kenya's instruments of acceptanc... READ MORE

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IDB lends US$25mn for trade faciliation

November 25, 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$25 million loan to T&T to this country improve its trade facilitation processes, part of an effort to boost and diversify the economy. The l... READ MORE

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Trinidad to strengthen trade facilitation processes with help from the IDB

November 19, 2015

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$25 million loan to Trinidad and Tobago to help the twin-island republic improve its trade facilitation processes, part of an effort to boost... READ MORE

RESEARCH

The Impacts of Trade Facilitation Measures on International Trade Flows

July 1, 2015

This paper analyzes the impacts of selected trade facilitation measures on international trade flows. A gravity model is used to estimate four equations: a pooled cross-section model; a fixed-effec... READ MORE

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World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Assessing the Level of Ambition and Likely Impacts

September 1, 2014

At the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held in Bali on 3–6 December 2013, the ministers agreed upon the WTO Agreement on Trade facilitation (ATF). This pape... READ MORE

RESEARCH

Too Far to Export

October 1, 2013

This study assesses the role of domestic transport costs ("factory-to-port") in shaping the level and diversification of countries' overall and subnational exports. The subnational di... READ MORE

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Unclogging the Arteries: The Impact of Transport Costs on Latin American and Caribbean Trade

January 1, 2008

The book explores the impact of transport costs on trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and argues that transport costs have assumed an unprecedented strategic importance to the region. The re... READ MORE