ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Mercator Programs at the Central Asian Countries

12 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Workshop on Trade and Trade Facilitation Reforms, which was held on 12 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.  More than 40 officials from the CAREC Member countries and its development partner organizations (e.g. WTO, WCO, UNESCAP, Korea Customs Service and GIZ), as well as ADB representatives took part in this workshop. 

In the wake of the introductory presentations made by the representatives from the WTO and UNESCAP on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the findings of the paperless trade implementation surveys respectively, Mr. Igarashi made a presentation on the dual-track approaches of the WCO Mercator Program and relevant tools and instruments supporting the implementation of the WTO TFA.  He also gave brief explanations on the lessons learned from the recent WCO Regional Workshop on TFA (please refer to the regarding how the A/P regional Member administrations overcame the challenges associated with the implementation of the WTO TFA technical provisions to showcase some model stories for the possible CAREC collective actions. 

Given that not all of the CAREC Member countries are not the WTO Members, Mr. Igarashi encouraged the CAREC Members to explore the accession and implementation of the Revised Kyoto Convention in the context of inclusive approach for facilitating legitimate trade in the region.  Following the country presentations on their respective WTO TFA implementation status and functions of their respective National Committees on Trade Facilitation, Mr. Igarashi joined a discussion on possible way forward to create economic synergies among CAREC countries through facilitating trade.     

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