Experience sharing on establishing or maintaining a national committee on Trade Facilitation
8 June 2016
The WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) requires WTO members to establish and/or maintain a national committee on trade facilitation — or designate an existing mechanism — to facilitate domestic coordination and implementation of the TFA. An experience-sharing event held at the WTO on 8 June seeks to identify best practices and the challenges faced by WTO members in establishing or maintaining a national committee.
> Trade facilitation
The programme is divided into five sessions: 1) Defining the purpose and mandate of the national committee; 2) Designing an institutional framework; 3) Strategies for defining a roadmap for the national committee; 4) Ensuring the proper functioning and long-term adaptability of the national committee; 5) How WTO members can request assistance for establishing or maintaining such committees.
The event will provide an opportunity for experiences to be shared by government officials and international organizations which have been involved in developing strategies for creating or establishing a national committee. It will be chaired by Amb. Esteban B. Conejos, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation.
Session 1: Mandate of the National Committee and areas of work
10:15 — 11:15
Session 2: Designing an institutional framework
10:15 — 11:15
Session 3: Strategies for defining a roadmap for the National Committee
15:00 — 16:00
Session 4: How to ensure the proper functioning and long-term adaptability of the National Committee
16:00 — 17:00
Session 5: Obtaining assistance to establish or maintain a National Committee on Trade Facilitation
17:00 — 17:45