Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2019
The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) aims to promote trade facilitation as an important component of a comprehensive strategy for national and regional development. The APTFF has been co-organized jointly by ESCAP and ADB as well with a growing number of partner organizations since 2009. It attracts two to three hundred participants from over 30 countries each year. As such, it has become the main open regional platform to exchange information, experiences and practices for trade facilitation in Asia-Pacific, identify priority areas for regional cooperation and integration, and learn about new tools and services which can increase the efficiency of cross-border transactions. The Forum also intends to strengthen regional cooperation and coordination of Aid for Trade and related technical assistance and capacity building in trade facilitation.
In addition to regular panels and breakout sessions, the APTFF features an Exhibition on Trade Facilitation in parallel, to maximize information sharing on the works, practices, case studies and findings of trade facilitation service providers, researchers, as well as development/donor agencies, international organizations and government agencies. A number of other side events on trade facilitation are generally also held back-to-back with the Forum, typically in partnership with the host country as well as other relevant organizations, including the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT), the World Customs Organization and the World Bank. This approach has been found not only to be cost effective but also helpful in strengthening inter-agency collaboration.
For more information on APTFF, please visit: https://unnext.unescap.org/content/asia-pacific-trade-facilitation-forum...