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ICT technologies to balance customs control functions with trade facilitation

Information and communication technologies (ICT technologies) enable Customs to increase the quality of their control activities while, at the same time, enhancing their level of trade facilitation.

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La Corniche OSBP (Rwanda/DRC) finally operational

The Rwanda-DR Congo border post of La Corniche, popularly known as Grande Barrière, on Sunday 1th December officially started operating as a One Stop Border Post (OSBP).

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Will the AfCFTA implementation be pragmatically supported by African countries?

An article published on the OECD blog argues that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will substantially promote the growth of regional trade in Africa, rejecting the criticism of those who are skeptical to the implementation of such project. However, it is also known that in Africa nationalist policies still prevail on community (or regional) interests.

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Turning frontiers into "smart" borders

Each year, during the International Customs Day, the WCO Secretariat dedicates a theme that is pertinent to the challenges facing the global Customs community. The slogan chosen for 2019 is “SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”, which encourages Customs to reengineer their business processes (mainly by applying new technologies), so to work “smartly” to ensure a swift and smooth cross-border movement of goods, people and means of transport through international borders.

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Burundi becomes the 6th country to ratify the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement

On 10 June, 2015, three of the 8 regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa, namely: the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), after 5 years of negotiations, signed an Agreement for establishing a common (Tripartite) Free Trade Area (TFTA).

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