New technical papers
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NATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEES
Developing countries can benefit from trade facilitation reforms by establishing a well-run national trade facilitation committee (NTFC). This guide provides a step-by-step approach to evaluate policy, organizational and funding options to create a detailed roadmap to set up NTFCs, which is an obligation for countries implementing the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement. This is a joint guide by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, including the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.
SMEs AND THE WTO TRADE FACILITATION AGREEMENT
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can extend their reach in regional and global markets by understanding how to make the most of the Trade Facilitation Agreement. This guide will enable businesses to make border clearance faster, simpler and cheaper; resolve customs disputes fairly; obtain information on regulations and customs procedures easily; and become trusted partners of government in implementing and monitoring trade facilitation reforms. It contains clear descriptions and practical exercises.
Available in Spanish, available in French soon.
INTERNATIONAL E-COMMERCE IN AFRICA: THE WAY FORWARD
African enterprises can be successful in international e-commerce provided they are supported in addressing financial, infrastructure and socio-political barriers. In Africa, there is enormous potential – the e-commerce market is projected to soar to US$ 50 billionfrom US$ 8 billion in 2013. This report outlines common concerns of African small and medium-sized business owners based on surveys, interviews and literature review. The report recommends public-private sector initiatives, institutional and corporate capacity building, shared structures and technology and improved access to transport and logistics as the way forward.
UNLOCKING MARKETS FOR WOMEN TO TRADE
Charting a roadmap to boost women’s participation in trade is the focus of this report. The report shows where women-owned businesses are operating, based on new ITC data, as well as data and case studies. It explains cultural and regulatory barriers as well as ways to facilitate access to finance, market information and networks. It outlines a roadmap for action based on better data, trade policy, corporate and public procurement initiatives, a better business environment, financial services and ownership rights. Available in French and Spanish soon.
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