The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Commerce and Regional Integration, in collaboration with the International Trade Center (ITC), will be hosting a three-days workshop on the implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Trade Facilitation Agreement, from Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th April, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference room and will target both public and private sectors.
The Trade Facilitation Agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods intransit. It also sets out measures for effective co-operation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues. It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity- building in this area.
The workshop will be facilitated by officials from the ITC, which is a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations. The aim of the ITC is to assist business in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Goals for sustainable development. The workshop is geared towards enhancing the capacity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.