Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum to promote public-private collaboration for better regional connectivity

Transport-Container handling at ports (Photo Credit: Kibae Park/Sipa Press)
Transport-Container handling at ports (Photo Credit: Kibae Park/Sipa Press)

Asia-Pacific government officials, trade facilitation service providers, trade and development experts and development agencies will meet in the capital city of Sri Lanka on 30 and 31 October to assess regional progress in trade facilitation and paperless trade and discuss streamlining international trade procedures.

Over 250 participants are expected at the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2012 to be organized in Colombo by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce are strategic partners of APTFF 2012.

APTFF 2012 will feature a high-level panel session on its theme “Enhancing public private collaboration for trade facilitation, paperless trade and cross-border connectivity”. There will also be sessions on ‘E-trade for SME integration in regional and global value chains’ and ‘Facilitating cross-border recognition and exchange of trade documents for regional connectivity’. A multi-media exhibition on trade facilitation will be held in parallel.

The following side events will be held back-to-back with APTFF 2012:

The ‘Regional Organizations Cooperation Mechanism for Trade Facilitation (ROC-TF) Annual Meeting’ and the “UNNExT Advisory Committee Meeting’ on 29 October, the ‘ARTNeT Conference on Empirical and Policy Issues of Integration in Asia and the Pacific’ on 1 and 2 November, the World Bank ‘Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP) Meeting’ on 1 November, and the workshop on ‘WCO Economic Competitiveness Package’ on 2 November.

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