Implementation of WTO TFA Category C Measures

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the WTO , which entered into force on February 22, 2017 is of utmost importance for the development of intra-OIC trade and investment. It requires signatory countries to reduce barriers to trade, including expediting clearance procedures for goods, including those in transit. In fact, its implementation could assist OIC member countries in increasing their export share in international markets.

In order to meet the requirements of the TFA, OIC countries need to conduct a reform process and adaptation of their legal and institutional systems related to foreign trade operations. To this end, African OIC Member States are eligible to benefit from technical assistance programs to build their capacity in implementing the provisions of the TFA under Category C measures.

In order to assist Member States in the implementation of the TFA Category C measures, ICDT organizes national and regional training and awareness-raising workshops on the following topics :

  • Administrative and technical procedures for coordination and preparation of WTO notifications
  • Facilitation of transport procedures;
  • Control procedures;
  • National coordination processes;
  • Regional cooperation among border agencies and risk assessment regarding the implementation of the TFA;
  • Establishment of integrated regional trade facilitation programs.