Workshop develops Action Plan for WTO trade facilitation agreement

01-Dec-2016 Intellasia | VOV | 6:00 AM Print This Post

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the general Department of Vietnam Customs organised a workshop to develop an action plan for implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in Hanoi on Novemrber 29.

The workshop was attended by deputy Head of the general Department of Customs, Vu Ngoc Anh, deputy Mission director of USAID in Vietnam Craig Hart and director of USAID’s Economic Growth and Governance Office Michael Trueblood.

The workshop brought together more than 50 government officials to develop a roadmap for implementation of the B and C commitments after the Agreement comes into effect.

The officials completed reviewing the list of Category A, revalidated the B and C commitments, and developed an action plan for implementation of the B and C commitments. The action plan details activities, objectives and outputs for each commitment along with the timeframe, needed technical assistance, responsibilities of each agency, and the mechanism for coordination.

The GDVC of the Ministry of Finance will report the action plan to Vietnam’s newly created National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC). The final list of Category B and C commitments will be notified to the WTO Secretariat when the Agreement comes into force.

Once in effect, the TFA will enhance national and business competitiveness and boost trade and investment in Vietnam by committing Vietnam to reforms in support of trade facilitation.

This workshop is one of a number of activities on which the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) Programme is collaborating with the general Department of Vietnam Customs and other donors to successfully carry out the TFA.

The government of Vietnam is working with USAID through the GIG Programme on a number of other reforms in cooperation with Vietnam’s business community and organisations to support sustainable, inclusive economic growth in Vietnam.


Category: Economy, Vietnam

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