Overcoming Non-tariff Barriers and Trade Facilitation
Trade liberalization both in the context of trade in goods and services continues to occupy a centre stage in African country’s bid to transform their economies. At both multilateral and regional levels, the implementation of commitments by countries reveals a gap between their expectations from their trade liberalization commitments and the implementation realities they face. In this context, the balance between countries’ rights and obligations is very difficult to strike. Key to this difficulty is shortcomings related to regulatory aspects of international trade in goods and services.
The programme on trade liberalization and the right to regulate introduces participants to non-tariff measures within the context of regional integration in Africa. The programme considers the pros and cons of domestic regulation and the right to regulate international trade in goods and services. It further focuses on the domestic application of trade agreements in the context of various services sectors including accreditation and mutual recognition agreements, SPS, TBT etc. Core to various questions interrogated by the programme is the ability of countries to maintain, adapt or change regulations where countries are parties to trade agreements.
Regulatory coherence and convergence within national and regional context as well as their impact on trade liberalization and perceived benefits are also core questions dealt with by the programme. In a nutshell the programme considers regulatory aspects of international trade in goods and services.
Officials from Trade and Trade Related Ministries and parastatals, officials from Regional Economic Communities, Negotiators, and Regional Integration Practitioners. Private sector player in transport and logistics.
At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
- Describe TF and the approaches and methodologies that underpin TF efforts, including how TF is discussed at the WTO;
- Explore the supply chain sectorial perspective to TF, cross-border management & customs, and transport logistics;
- Discuss and analyze paths for dealing with key TF issues, including: How to rationalize trade documents and information requirements, how to establish a SW; How to reduce delays at the border;
- Use TF instruments (Conventions, Recommendations, Standards, Guides and Best Practices, Glossaries) and organizations (UNECE, UNCTAD, WCO, WTO, WB, RKC etc.) dealing with TF;
- Create and expand professional networks by establishing connections, collaborations, and partnerships with other professionals in the field;
- Analyze the specific restrictions and prohibitions imposed by customs regulations, NTMs, and NTBs, including health, environmental, and security-related regulations;
- Balance supply chain security and trade facilitation Nexus- best practices-balancing control and facilitation-SAFE framework of standards.