31 May – 1 June 2016
At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P accompanied Ms. Ana Hinojosa, WCO Director of Compliance and Facilitation, and participated in the Meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP), which was held on 1 June 2016 in Shanghai, China. Some 70 representatives of the private sector and international organizations took part in this event.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the participants to discuss the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) through public-private partnerships. The representatives of international organizations raised the awareness of the private sector on the importance and benefits of the WTO TFA. The private sector representatives shared their views on how WTO Member governments and international organizations could further reduce red tape to maximize the benefits not only to large corporations but also to small and medium enterprises. At the panel discussion, Ms. Hinojosa highlighted the critical role of Customs in global trade and the WCO’s active encouragement in promoting Customs-Business cooperation with a view to enhancing transparency and streamlining the clearance procedures and thus facilitating legitimate trade.
In the margins of this Meeting, the GFP Steering Committee Members* had a meeting on 31 May 2016 to share their work progress on trade facilitation-related activities. Ms. Hinojosa noted the WCO’s strong commitments in assisting WCO Member administrations in the implementation of the WTO TFA. She also underlined the contributions of the ROCB A/P in organizing capacity building activities which complement the Mercator Program in the A/P region.
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* The members include International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Trade Center (ITC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank Group (WB), and World Customs Organization (WCO).