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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE – the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, security and democracy, through political dialogue based on shared principles and through practical work to build and sustain peace. With its Secretariat in Vienna, a network of 15 field operations, as well as three institutions, the OSCE implements its comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions.
In 2016, the OSCE participating States decided by consensus to renew the OSCE’s mandate with regard to connectivity and trade facilitation. Since then, the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) in the Secretariat, as well as the field operations have intensified their activities in trade facilitation.
Currently, the OCEEA carries out a regional project to support Belarus, Kazakhstan and Moldova in setting up or strengthening the capacity of National Trade Facilitation Committees (NTFCs) with the aim, inter alia, to comply with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) and other relevant international standards.
OSCE field operations are very active with regard to trade facilitation. For instance, the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, provides targeted, technical assistance and capacity building to customs, trade and transport officials on risk analysis, non-intrusive inspection methods, trade facilitation and the development of trusted trader programmes.