There is strong evidence that trade facilitation and digitalisation can effectively support trade diversification and empowerment. The UN Regional Commissions (UNRC), under the Joint Approach to Trade Facilitation launched back in 2010, have been pursuing sustainable and digital trade facilitation reforms in their respective regions.
In early 2019, the UNRCs, including ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, have launched the Third Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (formerly the Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation) to review progress in their member states. The survey allows monitoring the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as emerging regional and global initiatives on paperless trade or e-trade.
Furthermore, the 2019 Survey strengthens the focus on Trade Facilitation for SMEs, Agricultural Trade Facilitation, Women in Trade Facilitation, and Trade Finance for Trade Facilitation.
This event will share preliminary results of the 2019 Survey, which will be available on the newly established online platform, available at www.untfsurvey.org. It is expected to highlight key achievements in the five regions as well as the policy-areas that need further effort for advancing trade facilitation to contribute towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.