2 WTO Technical Assistance for National SELF Assessmentof Needs and Priorities on the Trade Facilitation Negotiations 94 self-assessments of needs & priorities ( ) July 2012-Members request new needs assessment project WTO Members and Observers Update results or first time Funded by Trust Fund Project Description (WTO TF TACB website)
WHAT is a needs assessment? Situational Analysis- where stand Gap analysis- needed for compliance A.2INTERNET PUBLICATION COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None___
4 Self Assessment Objectives Identify TA/CB needs/priorities for the implementation of proposed measures Identify SDT ABC categories Better determination of national negotiation position for each proposed measure Be better prepared for implementation Develop capacity to continue assessment of needs and priorities - support negotiators
WHY have new needs assessment? Update results from 1 st assessment Reforms made Changes in negotiations Determine Special & Differential Treatment ABC Categories
6 Benefits: X-Ray of country situation Better understanding of role and status of various border agencies and private sector Better understanding of WTO TF and possible results of negotiations Better understanding of the proposed measures New personal relationships which will promote better cooperation provides transparency to the process Based on evaluations of needs assessments.
WHERE is assessment conducted? National- in your country
HOW is assessment conducted? Updated Guide Follows Negotiating Text (W/165) +/- 40 proposed measures Charts Review results of 1 st assessment
WHO will conduct assessment? Countries that make a request 45 to date National taskforce Geneva delegate Facilitators to guide the process Others: regional organizations, donor projects, etc.
10 Stakeholders – about 30 Geneva/Brussels/Capital negotiators Implementing agencies (Customs (5 or 6), Quarantine, Standards Board, Port Authority and Airport Authority, etc.) Attorney General/ Legal Department (legal reform, appeal) Ministry of Commerce (negotiations, competitiveness, trade flow, industry protection, consumer protection) Foreign Affairs (negotiations) Economy and Finance (trade flow, controls budget) Ministry of Agriculture and Animals (controls requests for SPS) Ministry of Food and Drugs (human health issues) Ministry of Environment (human health and wildlife conservation) Central Bank (foreign currency controls) Private sector (big/small, importer/exporter, carrier, cargo forwarders and owner, Chamber of Commerce, shippers association, cargo forwarders association, main industries, etc.) Negotiation Support Guide TN/TF/W/51
11 Facilitators WTO Secretariat International and Regional organizations Experts from national customs administrations In-country donor projects
12 Role of Geneva/Brussels Delegate Importance of TF and NA Coordinate with capital, WTO, facilitators Presentation on WTO and TF Encourage work groups – get what need Work with facilitators/coordinators Report to NGTF Follow-up questionnaire Ensure maximum results!
Situation Analysis Gap Analysis Identify Resources Implementation Identify the measures with which you already comply, and those with which you will need to become compliant Identify the specific legal, procedural, and organizational changes that need to be made and the timeframe for implementation. Identify persons, resources, deliverables, and deadlines to resolve each of the identified gaps. Reform: Legislation Regulations Organization etc. Path to Implementation
SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS GAP ANALYSIS SPECIFIC ACTIONS REQUIRED RESOURCES NEEDED COST OF REQUIRED RESOURCES We have... We dont have... Legal provision missing… Amend X articles of law n lawyer(s) Daily Rate (range) x Days (range) We do this... We dont do this... No understanding of requirements… Trainingn trainer(s) Daily Rate (range) x Days (range) We do this... We dont do this... Declaration processing system needs to be changed… 1. Analyze 2. Develop Software 3. Test software 4. Roll out n business analysts n software engineers n testers Daily Rate (range) x Days (range) etc. Stages Not part of WTO Assessment
Calculation of Needed Resources Proposals more focused Improve on experience of first assessments Guide More guidance on what might be needed to implement Correct stakeholders Encourage accuracy of details
16 Results of the Week Chart for each measure with: Situational and Gap analysis Resources needed Implementation/TA needs Overall compliance level SDT ABC category Estimated time needed to implement Executive report compile/analyze results Results are confidential- for your use only
When? Provide preferred time period Appropriate facilitators available LDC priority
18 What WTO provides: Logistical/administrative arrangements Training for Geneva delegates Facilitators Guide and other Materials Complete kit: Model invitation letters, Powerpoint slides, instructions for secretary, certificates for participants... Quality control
19 COST$ Can you provide? Participation of Geneva Delegate Meeting room Coffee breaks and lunches You Shall provide: Meeting equipment, laptops, projector, etc. Secretary You provide if necessary: Interpretation Sit-in fees Travel of participants Secretary fees
20 How to Request Official letter requesting a WTO trade facilitation needs assessment Notification - electronic –Geneva delegate –Capital coordinator
21 When to Request? Preparation time Better overall plan trust fund facilitators Get in queue Now! But can apply anytime!
22 AngolaLesotho BotswanaMalawi Burkina FasoMauritius Cape VerdeMorocco Central African RepublicMozambique Democratic Republic of CongoNamibia EgyptNigeria EthiopiaSudan GabonSwaziland GhanaZambia KenyaZimbabwe Status of Requests from Africa:
23 – (easily found through A-Z list on main webpage)
25 National Needs Assessment Agenda Advance meeting- hi-level officials/private sector Day 1: facilitator & Geneva delegate presentations Background WTO and TF negotiations Guide Divide into working groups Day 2-4: Needs assessment in working groups Day 4: Review of initial assessment in plenary Day 5: analyze results & present to high-level officials and private sector
26 Results of the Week Completed chart for each proposal Summary report Powerpoint presentation Results are confidential- for your use only
Calculation of cost$ of implementation? Self Assessment Invite government specialists in costing Invite your donors Send results to your donors
28 Preparation Official request Notify WTO Identify Coordinators & Stakeholders Set dates Coordinate with WTO and facilitators
29 Current situation relative to the Basic Standard. Describe in detail. Barriers to meeting Basic Standard 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.): C.1PROVISION OF ADVANCE RULINGS Basic Standard:A Member shall issue legally binding rulings in a timely manner, and in advance of the relevant trade transaction, at the request of an interested person who has provided the Member with all necessary information COMPLY: Yes: No: Partially: Not applicable: National Priority: High: Medium: Low: None:.
Results? Chart for each measure Situational analysis- where stand Gap analysis- implementation/TA needs in enough detail to estimate resources Overall compliance level SDT ABC category Estimated time needed to implement Executive report compile/analyze results ALL RESULTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL