UN Commission to hold trade facilitation training in Accra

Accra, Sept. 18, GNA
– The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in collaboration with the
Ghana Revenue Authority is to hold a five-day training workshop in Accra, for
Trade Facilitation stakeholders.

The workshop,
sponsored by West Blue Consulting under the Ghana National Single Window
Programme, would run from Monday September 19 to September 23.

It aims to train
participants on how to use the UN Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide for
Trade Facilitation (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 include Process simplification, Cross border management, Consultation and
cooperation for TF, Single Window implementation, Documents simplification,
etc.

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.

Trade facilitation
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 Organisation (WTO) Doha Round of negotiations.

By the end of the
course participants would have gained an enhanced understanding of TF and the
approaches and methodologies that underpin TF efforts, including how TF is
discussed at the WTO.

Participants also would
have discussed and analysed paths for dealing with key TF issues, including,
how to rationalise trade documents and information requirements and how to
reduce delays at the border.

They would also
learn how the guide works and how to design and conduct training with the guide
based on capacity building needs in its context,  exchange views and be expose to diverse
experiences and best – practices and forge networks with other professionals.

The participants are
mainly policy makers and implementers involved in reform programmes 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.

GNA

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