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First African Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees

01 October 2016
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Boosting capacities and partnerships for implementation

17 - 21 October 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In its continued effort to support Trade Facilitation reforms in developing and Least Developed Countries, UNCTAD will organize the first African Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) in cooperation with the International Trade Centre, the World Bank Group, the World Customs Organisation and the World Trade Organisation.  The objective of the Forum is to empower the leaders of African NTFCs and provide opportunities for NTFCs to access funding.

The Forum will cover all aspects of establishing and sustaining NTFCs, including the sharing of best practices and coaching techniques.

The Forum will also focus on accessing technical assistance for the NTFCs. In this regard, participants will hear from donor organizations about the assistance that is available, and they will discuss the challenges faced in identifying and sourcing necessary funding. 

Significantly, recipient countries will have the opportunity to work with international donors and agencies present to identify possible match-making opportunities.

More specifically, the Forum will discuss:

  • Trade Facilitation efforts and prospects in Africa
  • The role of regional organisations in implementing Trade Facilitation
  • The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - Status of ratification, categorisation and notifications
  • How to access technical assistance for the implementation of Trade Facilitation reforms
  • How to make an NTFC sustainable in time
  • Best practices on National Trade Facilitation Committees
  • How to formally establish an NTFC
  • How to lead an NTFC to success and the role of specific stakeholders
  • How to draft project proposals for Trade Facilitation
  • How to successfully report to higher instances to ensure political support
  • How to deal with difficult situations (Role Play Committee)
  • How to Guide your NTFC in the process of drafting a National Trade Facilitation Roadmap
  • NTFC’s role in coordinating, harmonizing and simplifying trade procedures
  • Key aspects of consultation
  • NTFCs around the world – main challenges and lessons learned

The meeting is open to members of the National Trade Facilitation Committees from all African countries that have been nominated to attend the meeting. Donors, international agencies and African regional organisations are also invited to attend.

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