Side Event: Enhancing Africa’s Trade Potential

The key role of trade and transport facilitation legal instruments


3 April 2016 (15:00-17:00)

 Venue: Caucus Room 11, UN-ECA Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Effective implementation of a conducive legal framework is one of the key means to reduce the high costs and improve the export competitiveness of African countries in particular the landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and to enhance transit transport and trade facilitation cooperation between the LLDCs and the transit countries. There are several legal instruments that offer legal and regulatory framework such as the International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods, the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the Revised Kyoto Customs Convention. However the level of ratification and effective implementation of these legal instruments is low.

 The Event

This event, organized by UN-OHRLLS, UN-ECA, UN-ECE, and IRU, aims to raise awareness of and enhance the knowledge and skills of participants from the African Member States on the existence and benefits of the important global and regional legal instruments for improved trade and transport facilitation and to encourage them to ratify and implement the legal instruments.

Participants for the side event will include High-level officials from LLDCs and other Member States, high-level officials of the United Nations, UN agencies, development partners, multi-lateral institutions, civil society, private sector, academia, and NGOs.

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