trapca organized a training session on trade facilitation at the Antananarivo, during 29-31 May 2017 in collaboration with the Madagascar Customs
The program was designed to identify capacity gaps and assist sub-Saharan African LDCs to effectively implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, adopted at the 9th Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013 and entered into force in 2017. This training on trade facilitation aims to strengthen the capacity of LDCs on the implementation of training gaps identified. The training was facilitated by Ms. Rosine Uwamaliya and trapca was represented the Trade Policy Expert, Dr. Caiphas Chekwoti.
The programme provided an overview of TFA within the legal framework of the WTO and raised awareness of the opportunities and challenges at institutional, human resource and financial levels for the implementation of Category C measures for the government of Madagascar. It also provided an important opportunity to exchange experiences on best practices for the implementation of Category C measures.
During the opening session, Director General of Customs Mr. Eric Narivony Rabenja reminded that “trade facilitation is essential because it will have a major impact on reducing transaction costs and will lead to better management of the activities conducted At the borders ”
At the end of the training, all participants, namely customs officers from various departments and offices of the administration, representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, representatives of GasyNet and EDBM and the private sector through the SIM and GEM each received a certificate. The training session was graced by the Director General of Customs, Madagascar.