Trade Logistics, Transport, Trade Facilitation and Customs automation: issues and UNCTAD's role
The aim of the courses is to give delegates from Permanent Missions an opportunity to become better acquainted with topical issues and developments on the international economic agenda as they are reflected in UNCTAD's work.
The secretariat invites Permanent Missions to nominate delegates who follow matters pertaining to UNCTAD or the World Trade Organization in Geneva to attend these courses.
With the new Doha Mandate and building on the Accra Accord, the Trade Logistics Branch in the UNCTAD Division on Technology and Logistics, will be addressing some of the most compelling issues that developing countries are facing in improving their participation in international trade.
These issues may affect the different categories of developing countries in several ways. Challenges also vary in their nature and possible responses depending on the geographical situation and circumstances as well as on the development stage of a given country. Working actively on the three pillars of UNCTAD over the past 12 years, the Trade Logistics Branch has developed both a long standing experience, as well as analytical and technical assistance capacities to deal with some of these key questions.
The session will include the presentation and discussion of the following topics:
- Current trends in trade logistics and implications for participation in global value chains
- Emerging and persisting challenges for developing countries: climate change impacts, trade and transport security, market access costs, institutional efficiency, etc.
- The role of technology and innovation in improving trade and transport operations
- Customs automation and administrative culture reform
- Options and ways for trade facilitation measures: multilateral and regional rules vs national implementation
- Transport infrastructure development: long term sustainability and ownership.
The above issues will be discussed also from the angle of a land-locked developing country, a Small Island Developing State, and economies in transition or a least developed country.
Delivered by: Division on Technology and Logistics