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TRADE FACILITATION: REPORTS AND CASE STUDIES

Members’ implementation-related reports and case studies

The Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation is complementing its core negotiating activities with case studies of members’ experience of the costs and benefits of improving their border management. These case studies were prepared by WTO members and observers in order to share their experience in the implementation of the trade facilitation measures that are currently being negotiated at the WTO. The technical assistance reports provide information on current programmes to support trade facilitation implementation. Other related reports can also be found on this page.

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I. Practical Experience of Implementing Trade Facilitation Reforms, Including Their Costs and Benefits
II. Case Studies and Reports by Topic
III. Overall Trade Facilitation Reform Case Studies
IV. Technical Assistance Programs
V. International Organization Reports


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Trade Facilitation Conference for African Countries
Nairobi, Kenya

Symposium Presentations (13-15 November 2012)

Tuesday 13 November

9:00 - 9:30

Opening Ceremony
  

 

 

Master of Ceremonies:

 

Thuita Mwangi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
  
 

Speakers:

 

Ambassador Eduardo Sperisen-Yurt, Chair — WTO Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation
  

 

Moono Mupotola, Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade Division, African Development Bank
 
 

Keynote speaker and official opening:

 

Hon. Prof. Sam K. Ongeri, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
 

 

9:30 - 10:45

Session 1: Trade Facilitation Implementation in Africa
  

 

Moderator:

 

H.E. Dr. Tom Mboya, Ambassador of Kenya to the WTO, Chair of the WTO Council on Trade in Goods and Member of Troika of African Group Coordination, WTO
 

 

Speakers:
 
Chenjerai Chibaya, African Union
  
Presentation
Halima Noor Abdi, ECA Geneva Interregional Advisory Services
  
Presentation


  

Gerald Ajumbo, African Development Bank

 
Overview of the Action Plan for fast tracking the Continental Free Trade Area and how it links to the WTO trade facilitation negotiations. The African Development Bank will highlight its work program on trade facilitation implementation in the continent.
  

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break
 

 

11:15 - 12:30

Session 2: WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiations
  

 

Moderator:  
Joy Kategekwa, Legal/Economic Affairs Officer, WTO Secretariat  
Speaker:

 

Sheri Rosenow, WTO Secretariat
  

Presentation
Overview of Part I of the proposed WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement which will create new rules on WTO Members policies covering transit, border fees and formalities, transparency and customs co-operation.
  

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break

 

2:00 – 3:15

Session 3: WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiations — continued
  

 

Moderator:

 

Joy Kategekwa, Legal/Economic Affairs Officer, WTO Secretariat
  

 

Speaker:

 

Richard Eglin, WTO Secretariat
  

Presentation

Overview of Part II of the proposed WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement which will create flexibilities for developing and least-developed countries and provide for assistance to implement the new policy rules.
  

3:15 - 3:45

Coffee Break
 

 

3:45 – 5:30

Session 4: Establishing TF Priorities for African Business
  

 

Moderator:

 

H.E. Dr. Tom Mboya — Ambassador of Kenya to the WTO, Chair of the WTO Council on Trade in Goods and Member Troika of African Group Coordination, WTO
  


Speakers:

 

Dickson Poloji, East African Business Council
  

Presentation

Mark Pearson, TradeMark Southern Africa
  
Presentation

Scott Allen, TradeMark East Africa
  

Presentation

Private sector will explain the importance of better border management and how trade facilitation measures can help achieve this.
  

6:30 - 8:30

Reception Hosted by African Development Bank
 

 

  
Wednesday 14 November

9.00 – 10:30

Session 5: Best Practices in Trade Facilitation — Customs National Experiences
  

 

Moderator:

 

Moono Mupotola, Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade Division, African Development Bank
  

 

Speakers:

 

Reuben Kunda — Zambia Customs
  
Presentation
Tajudeen Olanrewaju — Nigeria Customs Service
  
Presentation
Michael Lekala — South Africa Revenue Service
Presentation
Customs experts from national customs administrations will share their experience in the best practice of implementation of some of the proposed WTO trade facilitation measures at the national level.
  

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break
 

 

11.00 - 12:30 Session 6: Best Practices in Trade Facilitation
  
 

 

Moderator:

 

Moono Mupotola, Division Manager, Regional Integration and Trade Division, African Development Bank
  

 

Speakers:  
Aïssata Yameogo and Chris Appiah, ECOWAS
  
Presentation

James Kuleiye, EAC
  

Presentation
Alexei Oduber, BU Panama
  
Presentation
Regional Economic Communities will share their experience in the best practice of implementation of some of the proposed WTO trade facilitation measures at the regional level.
  

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break
 

 

2.00 - 3:30 Session 7: Partnerships to Strengthen Reform — How Do They Work?
  
 

 

Moderator:

 

H.E. Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Ambassasor of Nigeria to the WTO
  

 

Panelists:  
Paul Fekete, US Agency for International Development
  
Presentation

Dominique Njinkeu, World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility
  

Presentation
Giorgio Cocchi, European Commission
  
Presentation

Patrick Kanyimbo, African Development Bank
  

Presentation

How do assistance programs work and how can governments can make best use of available funding, find programs to suit their needs and make requests for assistance?
  

3:30 - 3:45

Coffee Break
 

 

3.45 - 5:30 Session 8: Strengthening Africa’s Role in the WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiations
  
 

 

Chair:

 

H.E. Mr. Frederick Agah, Ambassasor of Nigeria to the WTO
  

 

Speakers:  

Lucas Saronga, Focal Point of WTO LDC Group
  

Presentation

Edouard Bizumuremi, Focal Point WTO African Group
  

 
Ndiaga Mboup, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Senegal in Geneva
  
 
Paul Batibonak, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Cameroon in Geneva
  
Presentation
(French only)
Nadir Merah, African Union Commission
  
 
The goal of this session is to help African governments to refine a negotiating strategy for the final phases of the WTO trade facilitation negotiations.
  

  
Thursday 15 November

9.00 – 10:15 Session 9: WTO Trade Facilitation Needs Assessments Program
  
 
  Speaker: 

Sheri Rosenow, WTO Secretariat
  

Presentation
Explanation of the new WTO trade facilitation needs assessment program.
  

10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break
 

 

10:45 - 12:30 Session 10: Trade Facilitation Support — ongoing and future projects
  
 

 

Moderator:

 

Sheri Rosenow — WTO Secretariat
  

 

Speakers:  

Godwin Penungwe, USAID Southern African Trade Hub and Washington
  

Presentation

Matt Rees, USAID Southern African Trade Hub and Washington
  

 
Penina Simba, EAC —TMEA Partnership
  
Presentation
Halima Noor Abdi, UNECA — Geneva Interregional Advisory Services
  
 
Daniel Tanoe, UNECA
  
Presentation
Derrese Degefa, ATPC/UNECA
  
Presentation

Each organization will be able to make a brief presentation on their program followed by time for questions/discussion. (The amount of time for each organization will depend on the number of organizations interested.)
  

Donors and assistance projects will have the opportunity to explain their current and future trade facilitation related assistance programs in Africa.
  

12:30 - 2:00

Lunch Break
 

 

2.00 - 3:30 Session 11: Trade Facilitation Support — ongoing and future projects — continued
  
 

 

Moderator:

 

Sheri Rosenow — WTO Secretariat
  

 

Speakers:  Donors/Assistance projects  
WCO Brussels (Milena Budimirovic), and Regional Office for Capacity Building — Nairobi (Larry Liza)
 
Presentation
Dominique Njinkeu, World Bank Trade Facilitation Facility
  
Presentation

Azhar Jaimurzina and Arántzazu Sanchez, UNCTAD
  

Presentation
Pablo Jenkins, WTO STDF Unit
  
Presentation

Masahuru Shimoya, JICA
  

Presentation

3:30 - 4:30

Session 12: Bi-lateral Meetings / Trade Fair
 

 

Participating Organizations:
  

 
Organization
  
Person(s)
  

  

WTO Needs Assessment Program

Sheri Rosenow and
Joy Kategekwa


TradeMark Southern Africa Vonesai Hove
  
 
EAC-TMEA Partnership Penina Simba
 
 
USAID  and USAID Trade Hub Godwin Punungwe & Paul Fekete  

WCO — Brussels

Milena Budimirovic

 
WCO ESA Regional Office for Capacity Building Larry Liza  
World Bank TFF Dominique Njinkeu  
ECOWAS Aïssata Yameogo and Chris Appiah  
Japan Masahuru Shimoya and Takao Iwai  
European Commission Giorgio Cocchi  
STDF Pablo Jenkins  
UNCTAD Azhar Jaimurzina and Arántzazu Sanchez
  
 
In a trade fair type set-up each assistance organization/donor will have an area where they can distribute information and meet with participants to provide more information about their programs.
  
4:30 - 5:30 Summing Up and Closing Ceremony  

 

Speaker:

 

Thuita Mwangi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya
  

 

 

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Practical Experience of Implementing Trade Facilitation Reforms, Including Their Costs and Benefits

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