Presentation on theme: "November 20061 ALBPRO NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION BODY UNCTAD / UNECE Workshop “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations “Strengthening."— Presentation transcript:
November 20061 ALBPRO NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION BODY UNCTAD / UNECE Workshop “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations “Strengthening National and Regional Trade Facilitation Organizations”
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
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.
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;
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
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;
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 ???
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”
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;
November 200611 Government involvement 1.Necessary but insufficient; 2.Build reliability; 3.Ensure implementation; 4.Match business needs with appropriate timetable; Potential answers-cont
November 200612 Potential answers-cont Institutional setup versus sustainable mechanism 1. 1.A balanced relation is desirable; 2. 2.Government involvement to promote solutions;
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
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;
November 200615 Thank you for your attention Pranvera Kastrati Director for Trade Policy Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com