Trade Facilitation Assessment in Guatemala

January 22, 2018 - January 24, 2018

From January 22-24, CLDP will conduct a trade facilitation assessment in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in coordination with the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The assessment is part of a joint project between CLDP and ITA which aims to increase regional integration in Central America by providing technical assistance to the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.  The project will build off of a previous ITA initiative, called Pathways to Prosperity, and will focus on implementation of the WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement and supply chain competitiveness.

While in Guatemala City, CLDP, ITA, and USTR will meet with key stakeholders from both the public and private sector, including the Guatemalan customs authority, representatives of the Central American Integration System, and the American Chamber of Commerce (Guatemala Chapter). During these meetings, the delegation will examine Guatemala’s implementation of the requirements of Articles 1 and 2 of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which cover information availability, opportunities to comment, advance rulings, and appeals.

Robust implementation of both articles is critical to both regional integration and to the success of U.S. businesses accessing the Guatemalan market. Funding from this project comes from the Department of State as part of the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, a bipartisan, multi-year U.S. government plan promoting institutional reforms and addressing developmental challenges in the region. This project is one of three that CLDP will begin implementing in the region in support of the Strategy’s aim to protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of illegal immigration and illicit trafficking, while increasing opportunities for U.S. and other businesses.

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