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South Africa launches initiative to monitor and solve main exports barriers

The South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) as part of a comprehensive programme aimed at addressing the Non-Tariff Barriers to trade, has recently launched the Export Barriers Monitoring Mechanism (EBMM), an initiative for monitoring all those barriers to export that reduce competitiveness of South African businesses.

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Eswatini implements new Electronic Tariff Platform

In line with its customs modernization strategy, the Eswatini Revenue Authority (SRA), with the support of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), has inaugurated on 1 September 2020 an Electronic Tariff Platform.

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WTO and World Bank launch joint a publication on the role of trade in empowering women

The WTO and the World Bank, at a virtual event organised on 30 July, presented the a new released publication titled “Women and Trade: The role of trade in promoting gender equality”.

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UN/CEFACT launches a project for developing a strategy for use of blockchain technology for facilitating trade

The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), a subsidiary, intergovernmental body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) which serves as a focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standard, is working on a project for the development of a framework/mechanism for development and implementation of Blockchain services infrastructure for improving supply chain efficiency and integrity, to be potentially used globally.

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New Regional Intelligence Liaison Office Eastern and Southern Africa website launched

The exchange of intelligence at national, regional and international levels is a critical mechanism employed by Customs authorities to create conditions for more efficient enforcement actions and controls and to secure the optimum use of available resources. To this end, the WCO has established since 1987 a network of “Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices” (RILOs) with the aim of promoting cooperation between Customs administrations that are members of WCO, in relation to the fight to trans-national crimes, through information gathering, analysis and intelligence sharing, as well as through the sharing of best practices and global trends on these crimes. Each participating WCO Member designates a National Contact Point (NCP) of RILO.

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