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November 20061 ALBPRO NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION BODY UNCTAD / UNECE Workshop “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations “Strengthening.

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1 November 20061 ALBPRO NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION BODY UNCTAD / UNECE Workshop “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations”

2 November 20062 Overview 1. Legal framework CoM Decree 636, 8.10.1998 2. Type and structure public-private organizations; Chaired by: (i) Deputy Minister of Trade, later (ii) President of Union of CCI of Albania Composed by governmental institution, with “mandatory participation” (ii) business community, (iii) other institutions

3 November 20063 Current Structure

4 November 20064 Mandate and objectives ALBAPRO is a consultative body on trade facilitation issues Objectives : 1.Propose to decision-makers tendencies and goals for trade facilitation; 2.Propose specific programs in trade facilitation area; 3.Examine and simplify trade procedures and methods; 4.Undertake professional studies on trade facilitation and propose measures for implementation; 5.Provide expertise to business community on international institution, rules and practices of trade facilitation; 6.Increase awareness in trade facilitation issues through publications, consultations and specific programs; 7.Provide training on trade and transport facilitation concept, programs, etc.

5 November 20065 Institutional Support Hosting structure:  Government of Albania, 1998-2002  Chambers, 2003 and on Positive and negative impact  High level of power;  Increased awareness by the GoA for the importance and the role of ALBAPRO;  Reliability and good image;  Dependence by high level chairmanship or “full control” by the GoA;  Dependence from political changes;

6 November 20066 Successes-Failures-2003 Successes  Implement satisfactory TTFSE project; –Training almost 300 trade and transport operators trained, –Conducting a professional promotional campaign; –Supporting the process of TTFSE website development  Capable structure at regional & international environment;  Strengthen knowledge of business community;  Awareness and accountability; Failures  On generating other activities besides TTFSE;  On self-financing of the committee

7 November 20067 Where we stand now  ALBAPRO is virtual structure, almost inexistent;  The agenda and objectives of PRO-s remain at stake;  Trade facilitation is gaining importance every day;  Government awareness remains the same;  Inexistent role of business community on trade facilitation issues;

8 November 20068 What is key for success for Trade Facilitation Bodies 1.Political will / commitment ??? 2.Active business community participation ??? 3.Government involvement ??? 4.Institutional setup versus sustainable mechanism ??? 5.Trade facilitation, a priority for business community ???

9 November 20069 Potential answers Political will / commitment 1.It is a “must” 2.Should be considered as prerequisite for success 3.Gain and maintain “momentum”

10 November 200610 Potential answers-cont Active business community participation 1.Absolute necessity 2.Qualified and structured participation 3.Awareness and willingness 4.Need to prioritize; 5.See measurable results;

11 November 200611 Government involvement 1.Necessary but insufficient; 2.Build reliability; 3.Ensure implementation; 4.Match business needs with appropriate timetable; Potential answers-cont

12 November 200612 Potential answers-cont Institutional setup versus sustainable mechanism 1. 1.A balanced relation is desirable; 2. 2.Government involvement to promote solutions;

13 November 200613 Potential answers-cont Trade facilitation, a priority for business community   For Albania, maybe NO; BUT, for the GoA   It is considered very important   It is top priority agenda ;   Concrete arrangements undertaken

14 November 200614 What can be done  Revitalize ALBAPRO;  Show positive results to reestablish reliability;  Identify stumbling blocks to this process and introduce recommendations;  Introduce a sustainable agenda for Trade Facilitation;  Match PRO-s agenda with Government agenda on trade facilitation issues;

15 November 200615 Thank you for your attention Pranvera Kastrati Director for Trade Policy Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy E-Mail: pkastrati@mete.gov.al pkastrati@mete.gov.al


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