Engaging the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation Reform

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation was established to support the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in developing and least developed countries by delivering projects that are designed and implemented by both sectors working together.

Understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, this paper draws on the experience the Alliance has garnered in its first four years of operation in working with the private sector in the identification, design and implementation of trade facilitation projects in developing and least developed countries. Specifically, it examines the challenges commonly faced in involving businesses in trade facilitation reform, presents the approach adopted by the Alliance to operationalise the role of business in its activities and the results achieved so far, and identifies emerging success factors in private sector engagement.

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