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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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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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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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African business women connected through an on-line platform

COMESA, EAC and ECOWAS, in partnership with the African Development Bank, have launched an on-line platform aiming to connect 50 million business women across the African continent.

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News feed on African Customs administrations

Desiderio Consultants launches a new page on Facebook with contantly updated information on customs news, reform programs and trade facilitation initiatives, with a particular focus on Africa. Follow us there!

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