Egypt: CLDP Initiates Technical Assistance on the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

July 17, 2019 - July 18, 2019

On July 17-18, 2019, in Cairo, CLDP, in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the International Trade Administration, and the World Bank Group, held a conference on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) for officials from the Egyptian Customs Authority (ECA), members of the Egyptian National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), and representatives from the Federation of Egyptian Industries. 

In June, Egypt deposited its instrument of ratification and notified its B and C categories under the Agreement.  At the conference, the Undersecretary of Egypt’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry and the Head of the ECA Customs Reform Unit presented on Egypt’s submissions, priorities for reform, and the progress the country has made in forming its NTFC and advancing Customs draft legislation incorporating many TFA reforms.

Industry previewed the trade and investment opportunities associated with WTO TFA reforms, and expressed encouragement to the Government of Egypt on its plans for reform.  

Expert panels featured a line-by-line review of the TFA provisions, and experts engaged multiple Egyptian agencies in a discussion of the Agreement’s principles and best practices for its implementation. 

This conference marks the beginning of a multi-year cooperation program with USAID and the Government of Egypt on implementation of WTO TFA reforms. Coordinating with the World Bank and other donors, CLDP has agreed to provide assistance on WTO TFA Article I, Publication and Availability of Information; Article III, Advance Rulings; and Coordinated Border Management.

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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