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Trade Facilitation Implementation Training

Regional Training Workshops

Introduction
Trade facilitation (TF) 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 Organization (WTO) Doha Round of negotiations.

In October 2012, UNECE launched its Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide: a web-based and interactive tool to help countries better access global value chains, through easier and faster trade procedures. A set of case stories on how countries have succeeded in facilitating trade and a training manual complement the Guide. It is available at: http://www.unece.org/trade/tfig

In 2013, UNECE, in collaboration with other key international organizations for TF (UN Regional Commissions, UNCTAD, UNDP, etc.) will organize a conduct a series of regional workshops to disseminate the Guide in the five regions of the world.

Purpose of the regional workshops The purpose of the workshops is to train participants on how to use the Guide for TF reform efforts in their own country. The workshops are also designed to stimulate the sharing of national practices and the discussion of opportunities for regional cooperation in the TF areas covered in the Guide (Documents simplification and data harmonization, Single Window implementation, Consultation and cooperation for TF, Cross border management, etc.).

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Gained an understanding of TF and the approaches and methodologies that underpins TF efforts, including how TF is discussed at the WTO.
  • Explored the supply chain perspective to TF, from purchasing to cross border management & customs, transport and payment.
  • Discussed and analyzed paths for dealing with key TF issues, including: How to rationalize trade documents and information requirements, How to establish a SW; How to reduce delays at the border.
  • Looked at TF instruments (Conventions, Recommendations, Standards, Guides and Best Practices, Glossaries) and organizations (UNECE, UNCTAD, WCO, WTO, WB, etc.) dealing with TF.
  • Learned how the Guide works and how to design and conduct training with the Guide based on capacity building needs in own context.
  • Exchanged views and been exposed to diverse experiences and best – practices and forged networks with other professionals.

Target Audience
The target audience is a combination of policy makers and implementers in charge of reform programs 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 agencies, businesses and technical assistance agencies.

Training methodology
The course is designed with the aim of facilitating dynamic learning of TF priorities and implementation strategies. The learning activities stimulate active involvement and encourage participants to reflect on their own context and to share their experiences.

Certificate
Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to the UNECE Trade Facilitation Implementation Workshop.

More Information
For more information, please visit http://tfig.unece.org/ and contact us at tfig@unece.org

1st TFIG Regional Workshop, 12-14 February 2013, Turin, Italy

Target countries
The first workshop is for the ECE region and target countries are from the Balkans, South East Europe, Russian Federation and Central Asia.

Where and when
It will be held at the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) Campus in Turin, Italy on the 12 to 14 February 2013.

Language
The training is in English language.

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Photo Gallery
Access to the photo album of the training session

2nd TFIG Regional Workshop, 24-26 April 2013, Kigali, Rwanda

Target countries
The second workshop is for the ECA region. This Workshop is conducted in collaboration with UNCTAD.

Where and when
It will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 24 to 26 April 2013.

Language
The training is in English language.

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3rd TFIG Regional Workshop, 13-16 May 2013, Aqaba, Jordan

Target countries
The third workshop is for the ESCWA region and target countries from the Middle East and North Africa. The workshop is conducted in collaboration with UNESCWA.

Where and when
It will be held in Aqaba, Jordan from 13 to 16 May 2013.

Language
The training is in English with simultaneous interpretation into Arabic.

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4th TFIG Regional Workshop, 10-13 June 2013, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Target countries
The forth workshop is for the ECE region and target countries from central Asia. The workshop is conducted in collaboration with UNDP and with support from GIZ.

Where and when
It will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, at Ak Keme Hotel, from 10 to13 June 2013.

Language
The training is in English with simultaneous interpretation into Russian.

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5th TFIG Regional Workshop, 23-26 September 2013, Santiago, Chile

Target countries
The fifth workshop is for the ECLAC region and target countries from Latin America. The workshop is conducted in collaboration with UNECLAC and IADB.

Where and when
Santiago, Chile, from 23 to 26 September 2013.

Language
The training is in Spanish.

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6th TFIG Regional Workshop, 8-10 October 2013, Dakar, Senegal

Target countries
The sixth workshop is for the ECA region and target countries from West Africa.

Where and when
Dakar, Senegal, from 8 to 10 October 2013

Language
The training is in French.

Downloads:

  • Agenda of the Workshop

  • Workshop Flyer

  • TFIG Brochure

7th TFIG Regional Workshop, 20-22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

Target countries
The seventh workshop is for the ESCAP region and target countries from South East Asia. The workshop is conducted in collaboration with UNESCAP.

Where and when
Bangkok, Thailand, from 20 to 22 November 2013.

Language
The training is in English.

Downloads:

  • Agenda of the Workshop

  • Workshop Flyer

  • TFIG Brochure

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