United Nations, United Kingdom, and World Customs Organization Teaming Up to Support Trade Facilitation in Developing Countries

The United Kingdom, through an agreement signed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is funding a capacity building project to be implemented by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The three year project, receiving 2.7M British pounds ($4.1M USD) will support the WCO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in developing and least developed countries.

UNCTAD, in partnership with recipient countries (primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asian Subcontinent), will focus on the following activities:

  • Conduct needs assessment, including possible development of tailored Country Activity Projects.
  • Deliver capacity building in accordance with the Country Activity Projects.
  • Provide direction and support in the establishment and operation of a National Trade Facilitation Committees in recipient countries, based on UNCTAD’s particular recognized expertise in this field.

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