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Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2015: "Deepening regional integration through Trade facilitation"

Background

The 7th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) will take place in Wuhan, China on 20-21 October. The APTFF 2015 is organized by ESCAP, ADB and China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), with support of multiple ministries and agencies in charge of trade, trade facilitation, logistics and foreign affairs in China. Substantial support will also come from China’s Hubei provincial and Wuhan municipality governments. A number of relevant events will be organized during 19-23 October 2015.

Under the theme “Deepening regional integration through Trade facilitation”, APTFF 2015 aims to examine the key role of trade facilitation measures for deepening regional and global linkages and promote regional cooperation as a means of address regional and national trade facilitation challenges. The forum will look at key emerging issues in trade facilitation, such as the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), efforts towards Asia-Pacific regional agreement on facilitation of cross-border paperless trade, crossborder ecommerce, trade facilitation for LLDCs, LDCs, Small Island Developing States (SIDs), SMEs and agricultural sector.

The APTFF has been co-organized by ESCAP and ADB in cooperation with a growing number of partner organizations since 2009. It now attracts two to three hundreds participants from 30 countries each year. As such, it has become the main annual open regional platform to exchange information, experiences and practices for trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, identify priority areas for regional cooperation and integration, and learn about new tools and services which can increase the efficiency of cross-border transactions.

Objectives

  • Enable sharing of experiences and knowledge on trade facilitation between countries of the greater Asia and Pacific region including LDCs and LLDCs
  • Foster increased understanding and exchange of views between public and private stakeholders, as well with trade facilitation standards developers and technical assistance providers
  • Learn about and draw lessons from on-going implementation of national and regional trade facilitation measures
  • Introduce relevant international tools, instruments, and facilities aimed at increasing the efficiency of regional and global cross-border trade, including latest tools by the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific 

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