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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 1 Geneva, 13 May 2004 UNCTAD Trade Facilitation Strategy Mr. Maxence Orthlieb.

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1 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 1 Geneva, 13 May 2004 UNCTAD Trade Facilitation Strategy Mr. Maxence Orthlieb

2 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2 Trade Facilitation is pervasive. It covers institutional, regulatory & operational issues. It requires private and public involvement. It improves Government control efficiency. Sustainable facilitation capacity depends on: –Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs); –Linkages between regional trade routes/transport corridors and global transport services. Basic considerations

3 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 3 Mission To provide developing countries with sustainable trade and transport facilitation capacity at national and regional levels.

4 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 4 Implementation principles Rely on local knowledge rather than systematic international expertise; Build on regional trade & transport facilitation networks; Introduce ICT solutions along selected trade and transport corridors ; Use available ICT tools (e.g. ASYCUDA, ACIS).

5 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 5 Issues covered Institutional, legal and operational reforms. Institution building with private and public trade and transport communities. Trade routes and transport corridors in regional networks. Linkages between national/regional and global operators.

6 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 6 Security issues Developing countries need to cope with security initiatives adopted at national and international levels. The economic impact of these initiatives must be taken into consideration.

7 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 7 Ongoing activities 1. Research and analysis. 2. Exchange of experiences & Consensus building. 3. Information systems development. 4. Technical assistance. 5. Training & Knowledge dissemination.

8 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 8 1. Research and analysis Improvement of the legal framework for transport and trade facilitation. Tools for assessing needs and priorities in TF. Support to transport and trade facilitation platforms. Trade and transport facilitation cluster development. Impact of security measures on developing countries trade.

9 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 9 2. Exchange of experiences and Consensus building Intergovernmental meetings: –Almaty Parallel Event on Trade Facilitation, Aug –Interactive Session on Transport & TF at UNCTAD XI. Experts meetings: –Trade Facilitation, Nov –MT & logistics services, Sept –Transit transport arrangements, Nov. 2004

10 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Information systems development ASYCUDA: installed in 84 countries. See web-site:www.asycuda.org ACIS: installed in 18 countries. See web-site:www.railtracker.org

11 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 11 Integrated country projects: –AFG and PAK (in cooperation with the WB); –ECO. IT-based management projects: –ACIS; –ASYCUDA. Inter-regional projects: –Needs and priorities in trade facilitation; –Transport and trade facilitation platforms; –Sustainable T & TF capacity for LLDCs. 4. Technical assistance

12 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Training and Knowledge dissemination WTO-related workshops: –Organized with WTO; UNIDO; EU, etc. Trade logistics events: –ICT & transport (Rio, Nov.03); Course on MT & Logistics. Longer-term training: –UNCTAD X Para.166 – International Economic Agenda; –Course on Logistics; Courses with WMU. Publications: –Review of Maritime Transport 2003.

13 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 13 Need for Partnerships Partnerships can play an important role in the effective implementation of trade and transport facilitation measures. They contribute to increase developing countries’ participation in global trade. Multilateral platforms assist in achieving this goal: –The UN-Trade Facilitation Cooperation Scheme; –The Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (www.gfptt.org).

14 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 14 Cooperative work With all UN Regional Commissions and other agencies such as: ITC, UNIDO, IMO, WB, IMF; With intergovernmental organizations such as WTO, WCO, OECD; With business sectors institutions such as ICC, FIATA, IAPH.

15 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 15 END

16 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 16 TF Contacts at UNCTAD Mr. Peter Faust Trade Logistics Branch ( ) Mr. Maxence Orthlieb Trade Facilitation Section ( ) Mr. José Rubiato Transport Section ( ) Ms. Mahin Faghfouri Legal Section ( ) Mr. Carlos Cañamero ACIS Programme ( ) Mr. Fabrice Millet ASYCUDA Programme ( )


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