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Trade Programme

About the Trade Programme

The trade programme works to develop closer economic relations among member States, as well as to better integrate their economies into the world economy. The trade programme's inter-governmental bodies make policy recommendations, develop standards for use in trade and assist member States in implementing them. These bodies also suggest ways and means of creating legal and administrative frameworks for fostering trade. Work includes a range of activities to assist member States with: trade facilitation; regulatory and standards policy; commercial agricultural standards; and e-business standards.

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Supporting the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Through Cooperation

There is a general agreement that trade facilitation and, as a result, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, has the potential to make an important contribution to global economic growth and to generate significant development dividends. The United Nations has much experience and expertise to offer based on its long history of actively supporting trade facilitation (in some cases for more than 40 years) .

To build upon this expertise and to provide holistic trade facilitation support of the highest quality to member States, in April 2015 the UNECE signed an MoU with the International Trade Center (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Since April 2015, this MoU has already delivered significant results, including among others an updated recommendation and publication on National Trade Facilitation Bodies, a repository of information on national trade facilitation organizations and a training manual for SMEs.

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