A Three-day Empowerment Workshop for Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee was convened in Monrovia, Liberia by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Module 1 was part of a series of modules offered by UNCTADfor National Trade Facilitation Committees. The Empowerment workshop was attended by officials of the Public sector led by Deputy Minister for Trade Services, Stephen T. Marvie and Private sector, led by the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Francis A. Dennis, Jr. Participants benefited from the Professional expertise of Mr. Peter Faust and Mr. Bismark Sitorus of UNCTAD.
The workshop which focused on the topic “Understanding International Standards and Recommendations” for NTFC based on provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and it nexus with other international legal instruments. The Trade Facilitation Agreement of the WTO came into force on February 22, 2017, following the domestic ratification of two-third membership of the World Trade Organization. Unfortunately, Liberia has not ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the WTO, as the process of ratification is underway.
The three (3) days empowerment workshop also covered international best practices for trade facilitation around the world. Participants also discuss some of the experiences with trade facilitation processes and procedures in Liberia. The participants expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and UNCTAD for the initiative and their desire to participate in subsequent modules on Trade Facilitation.At the end of the workshop, a total of thirty-four (34) successful participants from both the public and private sectors received certificates.