Trade Facilitation > Sweden

Support to World Customs Organization (WCO)

Sida is contributing to regional implementation in Africa of Phase 2 of WCO’s “Columbus Programme”, which is designed to assist the member countries of the EAC, SADC, and ECOWAS regions. This programme, is a customs capacity building program to promote customs modernization and implementation of their World Customs Organization standards to secure and facilitate world trade.The overall objectives of the regional implementation in Africa of Phase 2 of the Columbus Programme are the development of a sustainable and improved economy in Africa with regard to trade, security and social protection through development of Customs authorities as fair and effective trade management partners as well as modern social protection and revenue collection services.

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Training Programme on Trade Facilitation

The one-year Training Programmes are organised by the National Board of Trade and has been running since 2008. The programme’s long term objective is to contribute to strengthening participating countries’capacity to participate in regional and international trade. Thus the programme objective is enhanced competence of Trade Facilitation among Training Programme participants. The training programme (2011-2012) are targeting the South African Customs Union (SACU); South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho. Zambia is a new participating country for the programme 2012-2013. The programme is directed towards policymakers, trade and customs advisors in government agencies and ministries, as well as key persons in trade organisations and the private sector. The programme included a 2-weeks training in Stockholm, Sweden, followed by a one week regional training in Cape Town, South Africa after six months. Expected results after the one year training progamme is i) enhanced knowledge of Trade Facilitation on an international, regional and national level, ii) enhanced knowledge on project management in the field of Trade Facilitation and iii) to contribute to the setup of a regional network of experts in Southern Africa. The training programme is financed by the Swedish International Development Agency.

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Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide

The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (TFIG) was developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), with contributions from its UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The Guide is a publicly available web-based interactive tool and is aiming to help users to identify, examine and select available solutions and possible paths for policy objectives when implementing trade-facilitation reform. The Guide introduces trade facilitation and its benefits, and the main steps that need to be taken to put it into place. It presents a variety of concepts, standards and recommendations that can simplify trade throughout the international supply chain, and sets out implementation approaches and methodologies.

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