The international seminar on trade facilitation will be conducted under the UNECE project on “Strengthening the capacity of the Kyrgyzstan National Trade Facilitation Council to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement”
- 15 September – Seminar on “WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and role of National Trade Facilitation Committees”
- 16 September – Seminar on “Supply chain management”
The target audience: employees of relevant state bodies, employees of the National Council for Trade Facilitation, business representatives engaged in activities in the field of foreign trade, students of bachelor's and master's degree programs of the M. Ryskulbekov KEU.
- Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic
- Kyrgyz Economic University named after M. Ryskulbekov
To help build the capacity of the local stakeholders, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the M. Ryskulbekov Kyrgyz Economic University (KEU) for the period of May 2021 – April 2022. This MoU includes a UNECE grant to the KEU in trade facilitation to support the long-term development of trade facilitation experts in the Kyrgyz Republic, who will develop and implement appropriate trade facilitation measures in the country. The Kyrgyz Republic identified 56 measures of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA) as category C, which means that their implementation will require support from donors. By developing the required expertise, this UNECE project is a concrete contribution to the successful implementation of the WTO TFA in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Under this grant, the KEU with UNECE support will develop training courses on trade facilitation on a number of topics including:
- WTO TFA and the role of National Trade Facilitation Committees;
- Supply chain management;
- Facilitation of import and export procedures;
- Single window implementation;
- Intra- and extra-regional cross-border trade;
- Cross-border e-commerce.
The courses will be based on recommendations, e-business standards and guidelines developed by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and resources from other international organizations, and will give particular attention to local practices, regulations and private sector needs. The newly-established Competence Center for Trade Facilitation at KEU will conduct these courses. Additional grant activities will include three training seminars and a roundtable for participants from the Kyrgyz Republic, transition economies in Central Asia, and the Russian Federation.