Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2011:
"Trade Facilitation beyond Borders:
International Supply Chain Efficiency"
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. The annual Forum provides an 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. The Forum 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 and breakout 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.
Building upon the discussions, findings and recommendations from the two previous forums, the Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2011, under the theme of Trade Facilitation beyond Borders: International Supply Chain Efficiency, focuses on how trade facilitation can enhance supply chain efficiency. Critical trade facilitation issues affecting the efficiency of regional and international supply chains will be discussed.
A number of other side-events on trade facilitation will also be held in parallel or back-to-back with the Forum. The Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Trade Facilitation: Building on Existing Regional/Sub-regional Frameworks and Action Plans will be held just before the Forum on 3 October and the study tour to Incheon Port on 6 October.
Who should participate?
- Enable sharing of experiences and knowledge on trade facilitation between countries of the greater Asia and Pacific region including LDCs and LLDCs
- Foster increased understanding and exchange of views between public and private stakeholders, as well with trade facilitation standards developers and technical assistance providers
- Learn about and draw lessons from on-going implementation of national and regional trade facilitation measures
- Introduce relevant international tools, instruments, and facilities aimed at increasing the efficiency of regional and global cross-border trade, including latest tools by the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific
Format of the event
- Senior government officials involved in import, export, and transit policy, facilitation and control To learn from the experience of some of the most successful countries in the region, as well as gain insights from those of other countries that may face similar difficulties; To gain a unique understanding of the regional trade facilitation situation and to increase awareness of available tools and solutions to reduce red tape and improve competitiveness; To interact with experienced developer of electronic trade facilitation systems and donors for possible collaboration.
- International organizations and development agencies with an interest or on-going activities on trade facilitation in Asia-Pacific To share information on their activities and initiatives they support in the area of trade facilitation; To learn what others are doing in this area and identify opportunities for cooperation and potential synergies.
- Trade facilitation service providers to inform and network with participants from a unique set of emerging economies about services offered and potential impact on trade efficiency; To understand the problems faced by traders, regulators and development agencies and identify opportunities for the development of relevant services and solutions.
- Trade and development policy analysts and researchers from the region to share findings with policy makers and other government officials influencing or implementing trade regulations; to understand the practical problems faced by traders, regulators and development agencies and identify relevant research questions accordingly.
- Plenary sessions: These sessions will feature panels of experienced policy makers/analysts/presenters/experts to introduce selected issues of broad regional relevance and interest, followed by open discussion.
- Breakout sessions: The breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and discuss issues on selected specific topics in details.
- Multimedia Exhibition: Trade facilitation service providers, researchers/analysts, development/donor agencies, international organizations and government agencies will showcase their work or presenting relevant case studies or findings.
Last updated: 2 September 2011