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List of Press Releases - 2017-11

Europe and Central Asia advancing rapidly in trade facilitation performance, UNECE report shows (11 December 2017)

UNECE member States are progressing on almost all fronts of trade facilitation and paperless trade, a new report shows. The report, based on the Second Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade 2017, was released on 9 December at a side event co-organized by the UN Regional ...
New standard on Zero tolerance to corruption will help to unlock potential of Public-Private Partnerships for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (23 November 2017)

A new standard on zero tolerance to corruption in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) developed by UNECE will help to catalyze countries’ efforts to strengthen transparency, accountability and effective governance of investment in public infrastructure and service delivery, which will be key to ...
New study outlines directions for more transparent and sustainable textile value chains (17 November 2017)

As the world’s second most polluting industry, the textile sector is responsible for a large portion of global CO2 emissions and industrial waste. Exploitative and dangerous working conditions are also widespread in the sector. At the same time, the industry has a complex value chain, with ...
Updating flagship Recommendation on Single Window to further facilitate e-Trade (03 November 2017)

For over a decade, the UNECE Recommendation 33 on Single Window has been the cornerstone definition for this trade facilitation tool enabling streamlined border-crossing procedures and allowing traders to submit all export-import related information to a single entry point. This definition is the ...
United Nations report calls for further acceleration of implementation of paperless trade measures (01 November 2017)

Reducing trade costs is essential for countries to effectively harness trade as an engine for growth and sustainable development. This can be accomplished by tackling non-tariff sources of trade costs and addressing cumbersome regulatory procedures and documentation requirements. Indeed, trade ...
UN Regional Commissions highlight progress in cutting red tape for sustainable global trade (14 July 2017)

Countries around the world are moving towards seamless global supply chains. This is one of the key preliminary findings of the Joint United Nations Regional Commission (UNRCs) Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade, presented on Wednesday 12 July, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) ...
UN/CEFACT joins forces with UNCTAD to empower National Trade Facilitation Committees in Gabon and Cameroon (29 May 2017)

The entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), last 22 February 2017, calls on Member Countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs). Based on TFA Art.23 on Institutional Arrangements, such Committees are entrusted with ...
UN/CEFACT adopts three policy recommendations for trade facilitation (10 April 2017)

The OECD estimates that countries could reduce trade cost by about 5% only by simplifying trade documents, automating trade, and customs processes. The revision of two Recommendations and the adoption of a new one by the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) last week ...
UNECE and AFACT formally join hands for cutting red tape (03 April 2017)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) estimates that the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will reduce trade cost by 13-14 percent in developed and developing countries around the world. The UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), serviced by UNECE, ...
The UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) approves a new Recommendation on Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation (23 February 2017)

The port of Aqaba, Jordan’s only sea port, was reformed in 2004 through a public-private partnership (PPP), which helped to reduce average port stays from 8 days to a few hours. Port productivity has more than tripled and the cost to export per 20-foot container dropped from USD 720 in 2004 to ...
UNECE welcomes ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement by WTO Members and pledges full support for implementation (22 February 2017)

Today, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has formally entered into force. This will cut total trade costs for about 14% on average, and will result in massive savings of over 1 trillion USD annual to economies, the majority of which will accrue to developing economies.  “The first ...