Co-organized by Ministry of Trade and Economic Development & Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
The United Nations Regional Commissions have been conducting the Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (UNTF Survey) since 2015 to review the progress of trade facilitation reforms in their respective Member States. The initiative, led and coordinated by ESCAP, supports the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as emerging regional and global initiatives on paperless trade or e-trade, such as the recent Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (CPTA). The survey covers a WTO TFA+ set of nearly 60 trade facilitation measures categorized into eleven sub- groups, namely: Transparency; Formalities; Institutional arrangement and cooperation; Transit facilitation; Paperless trade; Cross-border paperless trade; Trade facilitation for SMEs; Agricultural trade facilitation; Women in trade facilitation; Trade finance for trade facilitation; and Trade facilitation in times of crisis.
This national consultation aims to validate information and data collected to update the UNTF Survey results for Tonga. Preliminary information and data were collected through individual interviews with agencies and stakeholders, and the initial and consolidated responses will be presented at the national consultation. The update and national consultation are supported by the United Nations Development Account Project on Transport and Trade Connectivity in the Age of Pandemics.