Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2013
The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) aims to promote trade facilitation as an important component of a comprehensive strategy for national and regional development. Under a theme of “Towards more efficient and inclusive supply chains: public and private sector perspectives”, APTFF 2013 includes the thematic sessions on trade logistics, trade finance, paperless trade and single window. It is particularly focused on developing countries, landlocked developing countries and the least developed countries, although experiences of developed countries are also shared at the forum.
The APTFF has been co-organized by ESCAP and ADB in cooperation with a growing number of partner organizations since 2009. Held in Thailand, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka in previous years, it will be organized in China in 2013. It now attracts two to three hundreds participants from 30 countries each year. As such, it has become the main annual open regional platform to exchange information, experiences and practices for trade facilitation in Asia-Pacific, identify priority areas for regional cooperation and integration, and learn about new tools and services which can increase the efficiency of cross-border transactions. It also intends to strengthen regional cooperation and coordination of Aid for Trade and related technical assistance and capacity building in trade facilitation.
In addition to regular panel sessions, the APTFF features an Exhibition on Trade Facilitation in parallel, to maximize information sharing on the works, practices, case studies and findings of trade facilitation service providers, researchers, as well as development/donor agencies, international organizations and government agencies.