7th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF)
The 7th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) will take place in Wuhan, China on 20-21 October. The APTFF 2015 is organized by ESCAP, ADB and China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), with support of multiple ministries and agencies in charge of trade, trade facilitation, logistics and foreign affairs in China. Substantial support will also come from China’s Hubei provincial and Wuhan municipality governments. A number of relevant events will be organized during 19-23 October 2015.
Under the theme “Deepening regional integration through Trade facilitation”, APTFF 2015 aims to examine the key role of trade facilitation measures for deepening regional and global linkages and promote regional cooperation as a means of address regional and national trade facilitation challenges. The forum will look at key emerging issues in trade facilitation, such as the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), efforts towards Asia-Pacific regional agreement on facilitation of cross-border paperless trade, cross-border e-commerce, trade facilitation for LLDCs, LDCs, Small Island Developing States (SIDs), SMEs and agricultural sector, will be discussed in depth at the Forum.
The APTFF has been co-organized by ESCAP and ADB in cooperation with a growing number of partner organizations since 2009. The forum now attracts two to three hundreds participants from 30 countries each year. As such, it has become the main 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.