From November 10-12, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in a workshop organized by the Botswana Ministry of Trade and Industry with support from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Botswana completed a Needs Assessment with support of the Trade Hub, WTO, and UNCTAD and subsequently notified the WTO of its Category A commitments (commitments they can undertake immediately) in 2014. Botswana has developed a National Plan for the Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and in June 2015 Botswana became the eighth WTO member to ratify the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
The workshop strengthened the capacity of the Botswana Technical Committee on Trade Facilitation to prepare project proposals for selected WTO TFA measures under Category C. Category C measures are those with which the member state may require technical assistance in order to be implemented. The workshop focused on the development of project proposals for the introduction or strengthening of Enquiry Points (Article 1.3) and Advance Rulings (Article 3). The Trade Hub actively participated and increased awareness among the participants, promoting and distributing the USAID Guide on Advance Rulings.
Photo: The event presented an ideal opportunity to promote and distribute the USAID Guide on Advance Rulings