The Alliance, through Swisscontact, is helping micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and women-led businesses reap the benefits of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.
The Alliance’s 2020 annual report shows strong momentum for projects and reform
How can technology move us towards a future where all businesses can participate in international trade? Craig Atkinson, an independent trade facilitation consultant, shares his views on how an “Internet of Rules” can modernise access to information.
New tool offers actions to tackle the barriers to trade that women face
Since the Covid-19 crisis began earlier this year, border agencies, logistics companies and traders have been exploring at pace how they can leverage technology to protect their people from the virus while keeping goods moving across borders. Ali Al Shidhani, Vice President of Technology, and Hilal Al Kharusi, Senior Strategist, at ASYAD Group, explain how the crisis has helped accelerate digital adoption in Oman’s ports.
International women’s day is an opportunity to reflect on solutions to achieving gender equality goals. One such route to women’s empowerment is by providing opportunities for women to trade and ensuring that the benefits of trade facilitation reform – making trade faster, easier and more cost-effective – reach women around the world.
José Raúl Perales, Deputy Director at the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation explains the trends he sees in the region’s trade facilitation landscape.
Daniel Dobos, particle physicist and co-founder of THE Port at CERN, explains how hackathons could create new tech to tackle trade barriers while creating the trust between governments and business essential to achieve real change.
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).