The course provides an in-depth analysis of the implementation aspects of trade facilitation measures. In this context, it zeroes-in on cross-dimensionality of trade facilitation measures at implementation level. It further explores the confluence of trade facilitations with self contained policies arising from sector specific ministries and departments that are traditionally divorced from their perceived link with trade facilitation and trade related policies. The course focuses on application and implementation aspects of trade facilitation. It therefore takes a case study method of interrogation of pertinent policy issues and measures thereby providing participants with an exposé of best practices in the formulation of policies and implementation of trade facilitation measures. The training focuses on specific trade facilitation measures individually and severally and draws intra-measures linkages as well as their relationship with other sectors as well as other international instruments that have a bearing on the viability of trade facilitation measures. Amongst variety of measure considered include advance ruling, release and clearance of goods, transit, border agency cooperation, appeals procedures, pre-shipment inspection, publication and availability of information etc.
Rationale for the Course
The entry into force of the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation has an effect of obliging countries to bring their trade facilitation and related polices and practices into conformity with the WTO legal regime. The agreement subjects customs measures that were traditionally treated independent from trade policies to multilateral trade rules. By so doing, it intermingles trade facilitation measures and policies with existing trade policy and applicable sectoral related rules with the effect of bringing them under one regulatory regime. In practical terms this implies that countries can no longer treat their multilateral commitments unitarily. On the contrary, sectoral initiatives and policies such as those on Agriculture, Transport, Standards, Immigration, Energy, Health and such like sectors that have trade facilitation dimension must be treated cohesively and in recognition of their functional and legally mandated relationship with trade facilitation. However, most countries are yet to forge functional relationship between and amongst trade policy, customs measures and policies and sectoral policies and measures. In the context of sectoral preservation of domestic policy space as against implementation 30
of trade facilitation measures, there is glaring need for countries to reconcile the implementation of their respective sectoral policies with the need to forge policy coherence in respect of their trade and non-trade related international obligations and commitments.
Expected Training Outcomes
an ability to think critically, strategically and independently,
an acquirement of conceptual and practical underpinnings of international rules and policies underpinning the economic and legal aspects of trade facilitation
a deep understanding of the intricate relationship between trade facilitation measures and distinct sectoral policies and measures
a deep appreciation of trade facilitation’s conceptual and implementation complexities and opportunities within multilateral, regional (at REC and continental levels) and domestic contexts.
a multi-dimensional appreciation of approaches to implementing trade facilitation as against other legitimate equally important sectoral legal obligations of countries.
an advanced knowledge on best practices and approaches on the implementation of trade facilitation measure
Fee and Other Costs
Fees and other costs
The fee for the programme will be US$ 2,000 this includes tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day.