OECD Regional Forum on Trade Facilitation:

Challenges and Opportunities for Eastern and Southern Africa

11-12 June 2008, Cape Town, South Africa


The 2008 OECD Regional Forum on Trade Facilitation was organised by the OECD Secretariat and the South Africa Revenue Service, with the financial support of the European Union. It aimed to spur a constructive dialogue between key stakeholders involved in trade facilitation in Eastern and Southern Africa (e.g., trade negotiators, customs officials, private sector representatives and donors), in view of:

  • Helping countries better understand the issues under discussion in the ongoing WTO negotiations on trade facilitation and relate them to their domestic (and regional) policies, priorities and constraints.
  • Examining how best to reap the potential benefits of a future agreement on trade facilitation and match WTO commitments to countries’ implementation capacities.
  • Exchanging country experiences with the implementation of trade facilitation reforms and technical assistance and capacity building at national and regional levels.

The Forum was open by invitation only to representatives of OECD and Eastern and Southern African governments, businesses, academics and civil society. The Forum was preceded by the bi-annual meeting of the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade on 9-10 June 2008.


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