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14 December 2021 | Open meeting

This webinar series will discuss how sustainable trade facilitation measures are crucial in supporting groups and sectors with special needs, specifically related to agriculture, SMEs and women, especially how these measures could support the recovery from the pandemic and build back better. Experts from governments, international organizations and private sectors will share good practices in implementing relevant trade facilitation measures towards a more inclusive an resilient global trading system.

14:30
16:00
Session 1 Agricultural Trade Facilitation

Targeting specific sectors such as the agricultural sector, which represents a significant proportion of small-scale traders and SMEs can increase the positive impact of trade facilitation on sustainable development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for agriculture". Measures such as providing testing and laboratory facilities available to help to meet SPS of main trading partners, establishing national standards and accreditation bodies to facilitate compliance with SPS, electronic application and issuance of SPS certificates and special treatment for perishable goods at border-crossings, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

Panellists in this session will discuss good practices in implementing agricultural trade facilitation towards a more inclusive and resilient global trading system.

16:15
17:45
Session 2 Trade Facilitation for SMEs

SMEs face disproportionate barriers to trade due to inadequate access to digital infrastructure, insufficient IT skills and a lack of financial resources. More work needs to be done for the implementation of inclusive measures to promote SMEs in trade.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for SMEs". Measures such as making SMEs key members of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs), enabling SMEs to benefit from the AEO scheme, providing technical consultation and training services more easily to SMEs on the use of single windows and, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

18:00
19:30
Session 3 Women in Trade Facilitation

Gender inequalities exist in many different areas, creating distinct barriers to women and preventing integration into international trade.The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the role of "trade facilitation for women". Measures such as ensuring women have access to membership in NTFC or similar bodies, TF measures to benefit women involved in trade and Trade facilitation policy/strategy to increase women's participation in trade, among others, would lead to a stronger and more resilient post-crisis recovery.

 

Opening remarks

Yann Duval
Mr. Yann Duval
Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (TIID), ESCAP
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Presenter and Moderator

Soo
Ms. Soo Hyun Kim
Economic Affairs Officer, TIID, ESCAP
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Session 1 Agricultural Trade Facilitation

Jianlei
Ms. Jianlei Ma
Senior Analyst, Agricultural Trade Promotion Centre, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China
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Conor
Mr. Conor Mulvihill
Director, Diary Industry Ireland, Executive committee member of Food Drink Ireland, IBEC
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Raymond
Mr. Raymond O Rouke
Chair, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
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Craig
Mr. Craig Fedchock
International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat
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Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana
Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana
Secretary General, Organisation for Standardisation (ARSO)
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Mr. Cesare Varallo
Mr. Cesare Varallo
Founder, Foodlawlatest.com
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Presenter and Moderator

Jiangyuan
Ms. Jiangyuan Fu
Consultant, TIID, ESCAP
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Session 2 Trade Facilitation for SMEs

Sara
Ms Sarah Ashour
Trade Policy Officer, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Egypt
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Chaemee
Ms. Chaemee Kim
VP executive director, digital trade and logistics division, KTNET, Republic of Korea
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Tulus
Mr. Tulus Tambunan
Center for Industry, SME and Business Competition Studies, University of Trisakti, Indonesia
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Nurjamal
Ms. Nurjamal Bokoeva
Head of Secretariat German Alliance for Trade Facilitation
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Ms. Celine Bacrot
Ms. Celine Bacrot
Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Facilitation Section, UNCTAD 
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Pierre
Mr. Pierre Bonthonneau
Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser, ITC
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Celine
Ms. Céline Kauffmann
Head of the Entrepreneurship, SME and Tourism Division, OECD
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Presenter and Moderator

Rose
Ms. Rose C Ronoh
Technical Advisor, AfCFTA Secretariat
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Session 3 Women in Trade Facilitation

Sydney
Mr. Sydney Chibbabbuka
Commissioner, Zambia Revenue Authority
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Evelyn
Ms. Evelyn Obidike
Ministry of Trade, Nigeria
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Martin
Mr. Martin Gasasira
Trade Promotion and Facilitation, RDB
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Ms. Candace White
WEF
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Ms. Menaal Munshey
ESCWA
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Ms Alina Fetisova
Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business (TFPB), Division of Market Development (DMD
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Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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