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L’OMC reçoit six ratifications supplémentaires de l’Accord sur la facilitation des échanges


L’OMC a reçu six ratifications supplémentaires de l’Accord sur la facilitation des échanges (AFE), portant à 63 le nombre de Membres de l’organisation ayant formellement accepté l’AFE. Plusieurs ratifications ont été présentées par des ministres à la dixième Conférence ministérielle de l’OMC qui se tient à Nairobi.

(temporairement en anglais)

U Win Myint, Myanmar’s Union Minister of the Ministry of Commerce, presented his country’s instrument of acceptance to Director-General Roberto Azevêdo in Nairobi on 16 December.

Børge Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, also handed over his country’s instrument of acceptance to the Director-General on 16 December.

Additional instruments of acceptance were received from Viet Nam and Brunei on 15 December, and from Ukraine and Zambia on 16 December.

Full list of ratifications

For more information, see updates on TFA notifications and ratifications

The TFA will enter into force once two-thirds of the WTO membership has formally accepted the Agreement. 

The TFA 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.

Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has the potential to increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion per annum, according to the WTO’s flagship World Trade Report released on 26 October.  Significantly, the Report also found that developing countries will benefit significantly from the TFA, capturing more than half of the available gains.