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1 WTO TRADE FACILITATION Self Assessment of Needs and Priorities Conducted In cooperation with Annex D Organizations and WTO Members

2 2 Self Assessment Objectives Identify TA/CB needs for the implementation of proposed measures Better determination of national negotiation position for each proposed measure Develop capacity to continue assessment of needs and priorities Be better prepared for implementation

3 3 Other benefits: Better understanding of role and status of various border agencies Better understanding of WTO TF and possible results of negotiations Better understanding of the proposed measures New personal relationships which will promote better cooperation Based on evaluations of needs assessments.

4 4 Part A- explains use of Guide Part B- needs assessment standards and texts of proposals Chart for each proposal Follows Secretariat Compilation A-M format (TN/TF/W/43 (as revised)) Self Assessment Guide

5 5 o Heading/subheading (A-M + IM) o General description o Basic standard- based on essence of the proposals o Text of Proposals o Requirements to meet the Basic standard o What needed to implement o A chart form, Assessment tool The Guide provides for each proposed measure: TN/TF/W/143/Rev…

6 6 Basic Standard A standard based on Members' proposals developed as a common standard to measure against for the needs assessment. Members should assess their current situation and needs in relation to this standard. TN/TF/W/143/Rev….

7 7 First steps Step 1: read general description, basic standard, text of the proposals and requirements to meet basic standard. Step 2: discuss current situation in relation to this standard Step 3: fill in first column of chart with complete details including eg. name of legislative acts, etc. Step 4: determine current compliance with standard

8 8 A.2Internet Publication/ Establishment of Official Website General Description The publication of relevant information on an official website provides particularly high levels of both transparency and accessibility. It also allows timely publication of new and amended information. These proposals seek to provide greater transparency of and accessibility to trade regulations by making available to interested parties, via the internet, all legislation and trade-related procedures relating to or affecting the international trade in goods. Basic Standard A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites. Text of the Proposal(s) United States, TN/TF/W/145 "Internet Publication Each Member shall make available and keep current, on a publicly accessible Internet website: A full and precise description of its customs procedures, including procedures for the appeal of customs determinations; and The forms and documents required for importation into or exportation from the territory of that Member." Hong Kong, China, Japan, Mongolia, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey, TN/TF/W/155 "Recognizing that electronic means of publication would be the most cost effective and easily accessible format for publication of information, each Member shall make available and keep current on one or more publicly accessible official websites: an outline of its border agencies' procedures, including their appeal procedures, as well as its import, export or transit restrictions, in such a manner as to enable [interested parties] to become acquainted with them. all forms and documents required for importation, exportation or transit. The outline referred to in paragraph (a) shall also include references to the relevant trade-related legislation as well as the titles of and electronic links to all forms and documents as provided for in paragraph (b). The language of publication for the outline referred to in paragraph (a) shall, whenever practicable, be one of the official languages of the WTO." Requirements to Meet the Basic Standard The Member has organizational and other mechanisms in place to ensure that the information which it makes available is complete, accurate, relevant and timely. This may include the establishment of a national coordination point.

9 9 A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites. COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None: __ Current situation relative to the Proposed Measure. Describe in detail. (Put in bold the points where you are not in compliance) Reason for non-compliance/ barriers (Complete this column (and the next 2) for points not compliant- use same numbering system- add sub- points as necessary) Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. General Description: provide background information of your situation to assist your negotiator and any other stakeholder that might review the results. (by agency where appropriate): Specifics describe for each agency (customs, standards, agriculture, etc. where practices differ) provide website address: 1.Publicly accessible Internet website 2.keep current 3.convenient manner 4.administer in a uniform, impartial and reasonable manner 5.full and precise description of customs procedures 6.the appeal of customs determinations 7.forms and documents 8.outline of its border agencies' procedures 9.their appeal procedures 10.restrictions 11.manner as to enable [interested parties] to become acquainted 12.references to the relevant trade-related legislation 13.one of the official languages Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None: Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.):

10 10 Current situation relative to the Proposed Measure. Describe in detail. (Put in bold the points where you are not in compliance) Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): 1. Complete this column first 2. Then determine status 3. Work across line by line 5. Determine priority last 4 COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

11 11 Current situation relative to the Proposed Measure. Describe in detail. (Put in bold the points where you are not in compliance) Reason for non- compliance/Barrie rs Actions needed to meet basic standard Local actionTACB Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. Remember this is a living document that you will continue to use and improve so details are important. No need to complete the rest of chart if current situation complies General Description: provide background information of your situation to assist your negotiator and any other stakeholder that might review the results. (by agency where appropriate): Specific to the proposal: Analyse how the basic standard is currently implemented. Provide complete details. Provide legislation A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

12 12 Multiple Agencies Current situation relative to the requirements to meet the Basic Standard Reason for non-compliance/BarriersActions needed to be taken to achieve Basic Standard Local remedy/acti on TA Lead agency Customs: Standards: Agriculture: Stakeholders consulted during the course of this Assessment: Comments:

13 13 Current situation relative to the Proposed Measure. Describe in detail. (Put in bold the points where you are not in compliance) Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. General Description: provide background information of your situation to assist your negotiator and any other stakeholder that might review the results. (by agency where appropriate): Specifics describe for each agency (customs, standards, agriculture, etc. where practices differ) provide website address: 1. Publicly accessible Internet website Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): 2. Then determine status COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: X Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites. 1. Publicly accessible Internet website E.G. - Customs has a publicly accessible internet website. – Ministry of Trade does not have a publicly internet website

14 14 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): 2. Then determine status COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: X Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. 3. Work across line by line 1. Complete this column first 1. Publicly accessible Internet website E.G. - Customs has a publicly accessible internet website. – Ministry of Trade does not have a publicly internet website A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

15 15 Current situation Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard Local action TACB What prevents compliance? Lack of awareness Resistance Lack of trained personnel Lack of political will Can be more than one barrier for each current situation Dig deep to find core barrier(s) Reason: Often a problem must be resolved locally before TA can be effective. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. 1. Publicly accessible Internet website E.G. - Customs has a publicly accessible internet website. – Ministry of Trade does not have a publicly internet website A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

16 16 Current situation Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. What can be done locally to overcome the barriers Be specific: 1. awareness training for 100 officials in the Ministry of Trade 2. Set up an IT unit to regularly load and update information on internet site TA needed to overcome the barriers Be specific: 2. Equipment (PCs, IT network) for IT unit at Ministry of Trade A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

17 17 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): 1. Complete this column first 2. Then determine status 3. Work across line by line 4 COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

18 18 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard Local ActionTACB Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: X Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Useful for future technical assistance and implementation phases to know who is responsible Underline lead agency Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Purpose: ensure result reflects views of all relevant stakeholders. Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

19 19 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard Local ActionTACB Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure(s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): Comments on important issues in the negotiations can be made here e.g. why this proposal is a national priority (or not), questions on proposals or clarifications needed. Comments on difficulties in the needs assessment, e.g. assumptions made if standard too vague. Or useful information for your negotiator e.g.: Not implementing now but is in 5 year plan. Approximate time frame to implement can go here if not listed above. COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

20 20 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Reason for non- compliance/Barriers Actions needed to meet basic standard (Consider needs in legal framework, administrative policy, human resources, training, equipment, organization, change management. If possible include estimated costs and/or implementation times.) What can be done locally to address barriers? (Specify in detail) Is Technical Assistance or Capacity Building support needed? If yes, specify in detail. Priority for Technical Assistance: High: Medium: Low: None:. Comments: Lead agency or organization and other stakeholders that would be responsible for implementation of this measure: Stakeholders not participating in assessment of this measure (s) that should be consulted: Issues to note (any comments or recommendations for negotiators, etc.): 1. Complete this column first 2. Then determine status 3. Work across line by line 5. Determine priority last 4 COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: X Medium: Low: None:. A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION/ ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICIAL WEBSITE Basic Standard: A Member shall publish all trade related legislation, procedures and documents on a national official internet site or sites.

21 21 NEEDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS Working groups 8-10 people Each group: –Assesses part of the proposals –Representatives of all agencies/private sector –Facilitator spot –Records findings on laptop –Periodically provides work to secretary for compilation

22 22 Role of the Facilitator Explain proposals Explain Guide Oversee process and provide feedback Sit with working groups but dont lead Keep on track Ensure all stakeholders consulted Draw out shy people

23 23 CONFIDENTIAL RESULTS Be detailed and honest The results are only for you and your negotiators

24 Thank you


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