How can trade facilitation reforms help to create a more conducive environment for women traders in Africa? Mucha Mlingo, President of OWIT Nairobi, explains.
How can digitising the phytosanitary certification process help to enhance food security? Craig Fedchock, Advisor at the International Plant Protection Secretariat, explains.
Washington D.C., USA
Leila Aridi Afas, @TheTradeLady, Director of International Public Policy at Toyota Motor North America shares her perspective on how public-private partnerships can pave the path to simpler trade.
Why is trade facilitation important for women and gender equality? Monity Odera, a publisher in Kenya shares her perspective.
Geneva Area, Switzerland
Earlier this year we celebrated the first anniversary of the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). At the time I challenged the private sector to take a more active role in delivering vital trade facilitation reforms. As we near the end of the year, I am happy to see our private sector partners stepping up and increasingly willing to engage and participate actively alongside governments. Together we are creating solutions to make trade faster, simpler and cheaper.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Toby Edwards from Shipa Freight and Sushant Palakurthi Rao from Agility, talk about how technology is supporting SMEs to grow and expand into new markets as opportunities previously available to much larger companies are now available to all. Trade facilitation ensures that their growth does not stop at the border.
New York, USA
Andrew Wilson, the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Permanent Representative to the United Nations, writes about the importance of public-private partnerships in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
John Kornerup Bang, Head of Sustainability Strategy and Shared Value at Alliance partner Maersk talks about his company’s work with the Alliance to take data analytics to the next level, ensuring trade facilitation reforms have the biggest possible impact.
As E-Commerce Week draws to a close, Amgad Shehata, Senior Vice President of International Public Affairs and Strategy at Alliance partner UPS, explains why implementing four elements of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement will be fundamental to realising the potential of e-commerce.
Washington D.C., USA
As the Trade Facilitation Agreement celebrates its first birthday, Philippe Isler, director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, calls on the private sector to roll up its sleeves.
Governments are making slow progress in improving the efficiency of customs and border procedures – with many small businesses and entrepreneurs cut off from the global trading system as a result. This is a central finding of the World Economic Forum’s Global Enabling Trade Report, issued today in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.