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WTO Launches Dedicated Website for New Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility

Posted May 28, 2015

Under International Trade Issues

(World Trade Organization)

The TFAF was created at the request of developing country and least-developed country (LDC) members to help ensure that they receive the assistance needed to reap the full benefits of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and to support the ultimate goal of full implementation of the new Agreement by all members. The TFAF will support these countries in assessing their specific needs and identifying possible development partners to help them meet those needs through a diverse number of activities.

The Facility was formally launched on 22 July 2014 by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and became operational on 27 November 2014.  The website can be accessed here in English, French and Spanish.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement broke new ground for developing and least-developed countries in the way it will be implemented. For the first time in WTO history, the requirement to implement the Agreement was directly linked to the capacity of the country to do so. In addition, the Agreement states that assistance and support should be provided to help them achieve that capacity. Click here to read more.