New technologies and innovations are continually transforming many aspects of international trade, driving productivity, and strengthening supply chains, but eCertification remains largely elusive, with a marked reluctance to digitalise resource-heavy, paper-based processes.
The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto Solution represents the pioneering exception, pointing the way forward for wider eCertification to revolutionise paper certification processes governing other areas of cross-border trade, such as animal health and country of origin for imported goods.
The Alliance has published recommendations for enabling digital transformation and promoting the adoption of eCertification to support developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) in making cross-border trade simpler, faster, and more cost-effective.
This Alliance paper, Accelerating eCertification, is based on the lessons learned over the past seven years in successfully digitalising phytosanitary certification in 12 developing countries and LDCs across Africa, Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Accelerating eCertification offers practical guidance on how best to implement digital transformation using a public private partnership approach – from achieving initial buy-in from government and business, to managing change, to ensuring long-term sustainability.
The Alliance is currently introducing the IPPC ePhyto Solution in several countries and stands ready to implement additional eCertification initiatives, believing that streamlining processes and cutting red tape makes international trade more accessible, with outsize benefits for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are the driving force behind most economies.
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