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Trade Facilitation Agreement Anniversary Event 2022


Virtual + Room CR
29/06/2022 - 09:15- 18:00 (CEST)

WELCOME REMARKS (9:20 – 09:30 (CEST))

Anabel González

WTO DDG

SESSION 1 – MEASURING THE IMPACT OF FIVE YEARS OF TFA IMPLEMENTATION
(9:30 – 10:15 (CEST))

In this session, speakers from the public and private sectors will carry out a stock-take of the TFA after five years of implementation through measuring the impact of the Agreement today.

Moderator

Erik Solberg

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway to the World Trade Organization

Presentations

Silvia Sorescu

Economist/Policy Analyst, Emerging Policy Issues Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Trade facilitation around the world: State of play and economic impacts

Roberta Piermartini

Counsellor, Economic Research and Statistics Division (ERSD), World Trade Organization

ERSD Research on Trade Facilitation

Cosimo Beverelli

Research Economist, Economic Research and Statistics Division (ERSD), World Trade Organization

ERSD Research on Trade Facilitation

William Gain

Global Lead, Trade Facilitation, Customs Reform & Border Management, World Bank Group

Measuring Impact of TFA Implementation Beyond Notifications

Koen Berden

Executive Director International Affairs, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

SESSION 2 - THE TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT AND DIGITALIZED TRADE
(10:30 – 12:45 (CEST))

In this session, speakers will examine the Trade Facilitation Agreement and digitalized trade. Topics to be covered include a discussion of the relevant provisions under the TFA such as single windows and the framework it can provide for enabling digital trade. Speakers will also highlight the role of digital technology and artificial intelligence in supporting and accelerating implementation of the TFA.

Moderator

Suja Rishikesh Mavroidis

Director, Market Access Division, World Trade Organization

1. Single Window and Digitalized Trade

Presentations

Don Lee

Director General, e-Revenue Stamp Department

Xiaohui Zhang

First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the WTO

Accelerated Implementation of the WTO TFA through "Smart Customs, Smart Borders, and Smart Connectivity

Tiago Martins Barbosa

Brazil Single Window Manager and General Coordinator of Strategic Projects at the Ministry of Economy of Brazil

Brazil's outcomes due to implementation of TFA and Single Window

Follow-up interactive discussion

Özlem Soysanli

Technical Officer, Facilitation, World Customs Organization

Carlos Grau Tanner

Director General, Global Express Association

2. Widening implementation and realising the benefits of Single Windows

Panel discussion

Zahouani Saadaoui

Head of Sector for Electronic Customs, DG Taxation and Customs Union (DGTAXUD), European Commission

EU Single Window Environment for Customs

Kyeremeh Yeboah

Head, Trade Facilitation and Import Management, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana

Raymond Amaglo

Director of Operation-Ghana Link Services Limited

Jean Louis Kaliningondo

Deputy Commissioner General, Rwanda

Debora Ponce

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the World Trade Organization

Buket Asaf

Head of Department, Directorate General of Customs of Türkiye

Philip Horswill

Head of Single Trade Window Policy, Borders and Trade, HM Revenue and Customs, United Kingdom

SESSION 3 - CRITICAL ROLE OF NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEES IN TFA IMPLEMENTATION
(14:30 – 15:30 (CEST))

WTO members are required to have in place a National Trade Facilitation Committee to facilitate both domestic coordination and implementation of the TFA. In this session, panelists will look at the critical role that has been played by NTFCs over the past five years. Building on lessons learned, they will also look ahead to how NTFCs may need to evolve to continue to facilitate implementation of the TFA.

Moderator

H.E. (Dr) Adamu Mohammed ABDULHAMID

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the WTO, Chairman of the Committee on Trade Facilitation

Panel discussion

Kolawole Sofola

Ag. Director – Trade, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Elçin Edis

Head of Department, Directorate General for International Agreements and European Union, Ministry of Trade of Türkiye

Joeline Modeste Hariniaina

Permanent Secretary of the National Trade Facilitation Committee of Madagascar

Edwin Vasquez

Under-Secretary of Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Production of Ecuador

Chea Samnang

Deputy Director, Department of International Customs Cooperation, General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia, Ministry of Economy and Finances of Cambodia

Vijay Singh Chauhan

Customs Authority for Advance Rulings, Central Board for Indirect Taxes and Customs

SESSION 4 - CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF TFA IMPLEMENTATION
(15:45 – 17:50 (CEST))

In this session, speakers will examine the challenges faced by Members to implement the TFA and explore the means by which necessary support can be provided. The session will also look at the opportunities available to Members as a result of implementation of the TFA, including the contribution of the Trade Facilitation Agreement to supply-chain resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderator

Christopher O'Toole

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization

1. Single Window and Digitalized Trade

Presentations

Anke Raloff

Head, Division for Special Trade Policy (EU/WTO), Customs and Tariff Policy, and Trade Policy Instruments, German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action

The experience of implementing the TFA agreement from the ground, a donor’s perspective from Germany

Stephan Bethe

Head, Trade Division, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

The experience of implementing the TFA agreement from the ground, a donor’s perspective from Germany

Carolina Acosta

CIPE Representative, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Innovative Cooperation: The experience of implementing the TFA agreement from the ground

William Gain

Global Lead, Trade Facilitation, Customs Reform & Border Management, World Bank Group

Challenges and Opportunities of TFA Implementation, Experience from the World Bank Group’s Trade Facilitation Support Program

Buddhi Prasad Upadhyaya

Counsellor/DPR (Commerce) Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva Nepal

Challenges and Opportunities of TFA implementation in LDCs

Panel Discussion

Poul Hansen

Chief, Trade Facilitation, UNCTAD

Sheri Rosenow

Counsellor, World Trade Organization

Pierre Bonthonneau

Trade Facilitation Expert, International Trade Centre

Philippe Isler

Executive Director Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

CLOSING REMARKS (17:50 – 18:00 (CEST))

H.E. (Dr) Adamu Mohammed ABDULHAMID

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the WTO, Chairman of the Committee on Trade Facilitation

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