CLDP Hosts Meeting of the Trade Facilitation Working Group and the Workshop on Simplified Procedures and Customs Guarantees for Ukraine and Moldova

April 23, 2018 - April 26, 2018

On April 23-24, 2018, CLDP led a meeting of the Trade Facilitation Working Group of Moldova and Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine.  The meeting brought Customs officials from Moldova and Ukraine together to discuss the status and challenges of customs reforms with members of the business community, EU customs experts, and representatives of the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) and the EU Advisory Mission (EUAM).  Topics of the meeting included post clearance audit, rules of origin, authorized operators, single window, simplified procedures, and customs guarantees.

The meeting was the first event organized since CLDP assumed leadership of the Working Group in October 2017.  The Working Group is a platform for greater information sharing and regional collaboration on trade facilitation issues.  Under CLDP’s leadership the group will continue to facilitate interagency and cross-border cooperation but will also play a larger role in identifying and developing solutions to customs barriers.   

On April 25-26, CLDP, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT), held a two-day workshop on trade facilitation measures that focusing on simplified procedures and customs guarantees. The goal of the workshop was to help align the customs procedures of Ukraine and Moldova with international best practices outlined by the World Trade Organization and World Customs Organization.  Three customs experts from the European Union shared their expertise and provided guidance on minimizing customs barriers through implementation of these critical components of customs reform.  The workshop produced a number of recommendations to improve the efficiency and predictability of customs procedures in both countries.  Efficient and predictable customs procedures help to create a reliable environment for international transactions and thereby promote economic development.

Upcoming Programs

December 16, 2019 - December 17, 2019

On December 16-17, CLDP will held a two-day workshop on power project procurement. The workshop sought to improve the planning of bids from prep to closing through a discussion on international best practice relating to the request for proposals (RfPs), standardization of documents, designing a competitive bid round, evaluations and identifying gaps in the current legal framework. 

December 19, 2019 - December 20, 2019

On December 19-20, CLDP, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Directorate, will hold a two-day workshop on PPP fundamentals. The workshop will highlight PPP process, structure economics, project financing, and revenue flow.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.

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