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Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation develops a new methodology for measuring the supply chain performance

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, a collaboration of international organisations, governments and businesses that provides support to governments in developing and least developed countries for implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, developed a methodology for measurement of transport and logistics cost in cross-border trade.


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.


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.


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”.


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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