A public-private partnership for trade-led growth

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a unique public-private platform dedicated to international trade facilitation. The Alliance is jointly led by the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum and the Center for International Private Enterprise — in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as an implementing partner. The Alliance was launched at the WTO 10th Ministerial Conference in December 2015 with the support of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.

Our mission

The Alliance supports effective trade facilitation reforms in developing countries and emerging economies through public-private cooperation. Alliance projects are designed to help governments implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which will improve trade competitiveness, in particular for small and medium-sized businesses and help further development goals such as sustainable growth, poverty reduction and gender equality. Drawing on its practical experience in implementing trade facilitation reforms throughout the world, the Alliance is committed to defining and promulgating best practices in trade facilitation.

What we do

Working collaboratively with governments, the Alliance embeds business mind-set in identifying trade bottlenecks, tackling customs delays and unnecessary red-tape at borders and implementing targeted, clear-cut solutions to deliver commercially quantifiable results.

Through its unique co-creation model of public-private dialogue and partnership, the Alliance leverages private sector expertise, leadership and resources to achieve commercially meaningful reforms measured by real world business metrics.

In each of its projects, the Alliance:

  • Establishes multi-stakeholder dialogueson trade facilitation
  • Mobilises public-private partnershipsto drive reforms
  • Provides technical assistanceto support capacity building
  • Benchmarks and evaluates using real-world business metrics

The Alliance’s global metrics seeks to measure the impact of trade facilitation barriers on business and create a competitive incentive for countries to implement trade facilitation reforms — making them more attractive for trade and investment and empowering their local business community. The Alliance also collects and uses data to identify trade facilitation priorities and guide the implementation of the TFA.

The Alliance is also working at global and regional levels to enhance stakeholder awareness of the importance of TFA and of the role of public-private cooperation in implementing customs and border reforms. To ensure synergy with the activities of other international programs, the Alliance actively engages with other international bodies, donors and associations.