Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees

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UNCTAD provides an intensive dedicated professional capacity building programme for the members of national trade facilitation committees (NTFCs) and their Secretariats.

The main objective is to empower NTFCs to successfully undertake their mandate to implement, in a coordinated manner, trade facilitation reforms, including the provisions of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement. Successful and efficient NTFCs will help countries streamline their international trade.

Upon successful completion of the UNCTAD programme, committees and its members will be granted graduation certificates.


About the Programme


  • Establishing an NTFCs, if needed
  • Improving teamwork dynamics within an NTFC
  • Launching a national roadmap for mainstreaming trade facilitation in development policy
  • Ensuring impact sustainability by transferring knowledge with a training-of-trainers approach and the preparation of a knowledge transfer strategy
  • Providing a sign of quality for donors and international agencies


  • Courses developed by international experts in collaboration with other United Nations and international organizations (in particular, the International Trade Centre, United Nations Regional Commissions)
  • Content tailor-made to country-specific needs
  • Interactive methodology: “learning by doing”
  • Technical visits in the field and training-of-trainers module included


  • A total of 7 to 8 modules of 30 hours each
  • Module length of 3 to 5 days each, according to country-specific needs
  • Possibility of choosing sequence of modules depending on current and future needs
  • Optional “start-up” module on establishing an NTFC


  • All current and future members of NTFCs, including their secretariats and a variety of public and private sector members
  • English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
  • Other languages may be available upon request


  • Following successful completion of the Empowerment Program, NTFC members will be granted an UNCTAD certification of graduation as will the NTFC
  • The empowered NTFCs will be featured in UNCTAD online repository on NTFCs: https://unctad.org/tfc


  • Online courses can be provided as a complement to the face-to-face modules of UNCTAD Empowerment Programme for National Trade Facilitation Committees or as a stand-alone training package via UNCTAD Trade Facilitation e-Learning Platform
  • Blended approach complemented with live streamed webinars
  • Close monitoring and follow up of online course participants by UNCTAD experts
  • Continuous assessment of performance
  • The short courses last from 20 to 75 minutes each and are provided to participants during a period of up to six months
  • A certificate of completion is awarded to each participant who completes the course and passes all assessments


Contact us

For further information, please contact us here: unctad-tf@un.org 



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