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UN Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade enters into force

On February 20, 2021 the UN Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (CPTA) came finally into force, 90 days after the date on which the Governments of 5 ESCAP member States have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession, as stated in Article 19 of the Agreement (the list of the countries that accessed or ratified the agreement is available here).

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Trade Information Desk Officers to facilitate trade and small-scale traders in COMESA

COMESA launched a training programme to build the capacity of Trade Information Desk Officers (TIDOs) stationed at selected border posts in the Region to facilitate trade and promote conversion of part of informal trade into formal trade.

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New WTO publication sheds light on the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) launched on 22 February the 3rd edition of a publication dedicated to the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement), the WTO Agreement that establishes rules and procedures regarding the development, adoption, and application of voluntary product standards, mandatory technical regulations (on safety, quality, health, etc.), and procedures (such as testing, inspection, or certification) used to determine whether a particular product is eligible to access a certain market.

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Trade facilitation and restrictive practices during the Covid-19 period under the lens of UNCTAD

A new UNCTAD research paper examines trade facilitating and restrictive practices adopted by over 140 countries in the world during the Covid 19 pandemic. The focus is on what is commonly referred to as non-tariff measures (NTMs), i.e. measures other than ordinary customs tariffs that have economic impact on international trade, both in terms of facilitating and restricting international trade (in the latter case they are more properly defined “Non-Tariff Barriers”, NTBs).

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Uganda converts driver’s licensing categories to TTTFP standards

Uganda becomes the first country in the Eastern and Southern African (EA-SA) region to convert its driver’s licensing categories to conform to the Tripartite Transit and Transport Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) standards. Funded by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11), the TTTFP is a programme launched by three Regional Economic Communities, namely: COMESA, East Africa Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to address cross border transport and trade challenges such as high transport costs and delays,through the implementation of harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations, systems and standards that affect drivers, loads, vehicles and road infrastructure in the countries of the EA-SA region.

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