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1 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) UNCTAD/UNECE WORKSHOP Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations Geneva 31 October – 1 November SWEDEN Country’s experience : SWEDEN

2 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Type and structure of SWEPRO Swedish Trade Procedures Council, created by government decision 6 representatives from business and 3 from public sector appointed by the government 3-years mandate Secretariat hosted by National Board of Trade

3 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Mandate SWEPRO’s mandate, given by the Government, is ”to promote simplification and efficiency in international trade procedures through active participation in the central international forums where these matters are addressed”

4 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Purpose and objectives The main purpose is to provide a formal platform for discussion and exchange of information. The objectives are: to ensure proper coordination to participate in the international work to identify key TF issues in Sweden and participate in policy consultations to promote trade facilitation

5 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Main activities of SWEPRO’s Secretariat Coordination and promotion Analyses and recommendations Participation in the international work Technical assistance

6 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) How do you determine your priorities? By consensus Business plan

7 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) How is the organization financed? Secretariat budget from National Board of Trade Council members each organization

8 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Main opportunities for facilitating trade in your country TF high priority for Sweden Change of mind set From control to service From transaction to system Partnership and trust International attention

9 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Main challenges to implementing trade facilitation in your country Globalization Membership in the EU Facilitation climate in other countries

10 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) What are the main challenges in your work? To keep TF “alive” in the trade agenda Facilitation vs. security Reduce complexity of business procedures

11 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) Plans for the future How to balance security and TF? Harmonization and simplification Promote TF, build capacity WTO negotiations

12 United Nations Conference On Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic business (UN/CEFACT) THANK YOU! Contact for further information: Sonia Albarello Head of Secretariat


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