Trade facilitation and Logistics

Start: Mar 11, 2024
End: Mar 22, 2024
Venue: ESAMI Headquarters - Arusha - TANZANIA
Duration: 2 weeks
Start: Oct 7, 2024
End: Oct 18, 2024
Venue: Mombasa - Kenya
Duration: 2 weeks
Statement of Need

The entry into force of the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation has the effect of obliging countries to bring their trade facilitation and related policies and practices into conformity with the WTO legal regime. The agreement subjects customs measures that were traditionally treated independently from trade policies to multilateral trade rules. By so doing, it intermingles trade facilitation measures and policies with existing trade policy and applicable sectoral-related rules with the effect of bringing them under one regulatory regime. In practical terms, this implies that countries can no longer treat their multilateral commitments unitarily.
The programme provides an in-depth analysis of the implementation aspects of trade facilitation measures. In this context, it zeroes in on the cross dimensionality of trade facilitation measures at the implementation level. It further explores the consequence of trade facilitations with self-contained policies arising from sector-specific ministries and departments that are traditionally divorced from their perceived link with trade facilitation and trade-related policies. In a nutshell, the logistics and trade facilitation programme take both conceptual and applied approaches as methods of choice at the programme delivery stage. It benchmarks its applied aspects against the international best practices and contextualizes the programme material within an African context.

The programme provides a very strong conceptual grasp of technical, theoretical and implementation aspects of logistics within the context of trade facilitation. The programme balances policy issues with private sector interests thereby fostering a collective understanding of policy and marketplace issues of importance.

Who Attends

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.

How participants will benefit

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing logistics and trade facilitation measures, policies, and strategies, considering their impact on trade costs, time, and reliability;
  • Analyze the interrelationships between logistics and trade facilitation, and identify how they mutually influence and impact each other;
  • Synthesize policy dimensions with practical insights to develop recommendations for improving logistics and trade facilitation policies at national, regional, and international levels;
  • Analyze modal transport service characteristics and markets;
  • Analyze the diverse needs and challenges faced by shippers in terms of transport and logistics;
  • Define and analyze Multimodal Transport State the relationship of a Multimodal Transport Operator (MTO) with the intervening parties;
  • Describe and analyze the scope of services offered by an MTO;
  • Analyze the complexities and intricacies of trade facilitation and economic integration within the African agenda, considering various factors such as regional dynamics, policies, and stakeholders.