EABC-KEPSA-ITC -Training on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

2019-06-27 00:00 - 2019-06-28 00:00

The East Africa Business Council (EABC) in collaboration with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has organized a workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. Entered into force in February 2017, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) aims to remove administrative barriers to cross-border trade, such as unnecessary customs controls, excessive data and documents collection, lack of coordination between border agencies and ineffective rules and procedures. All of these obstacles in import, export and transit operations affect considerably the cost of trade, delaying the movement of goods. The training aims to attain,

 These costs are extremely expensive for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) because they often lack the capacity to comply with complex regulations and procedural rules for import, export and transit. The TFA is, therefore, an important instrument for governments to improve the business climate in which businesses can thrive. Capitalizing on this Agreement will reduce costs, delays and transaction processes for merchants, enabling them to internationalize cheaper and faster.

 While the implementation of the TFA is the primary responsibility of the governments of the WTO Members, business and trade support institutions nevertheless play a vital role in informing the authorities on how best to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement in the national context.

Within the framework of the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP), the International Trade Centre (ITC) is partnering with the East African Community (EAC), the East African Business Council (EABC) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) to organize a two-day workshop on the TFA for the private sector.

The workshop aims to explain to businesses in Tanzania the terms, potential benefits and practical use of each of the technical measures of this new Agreement. By the end of the workshop, it is expected that participating enterprises and organizations will be equipped to successfully take advantage of the TFA and contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of trade facilitation reforms.


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  • From 2019-06-27 00:00 to 2019-06-28 00:00