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1st – 2nd of December: The Africa Trade Facilitation Forum, Addis Ababa

NABA members are invited to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on the 1st and 2nd of December. Africa Trade Week (ATW2016) is a high level, invite-only summit organised by the African Union Commission in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the African Trade Policy Centre. NABA members are invited to join the special high level multi-stakeholder segment of ATW 2016, called the Africa Trade Facilitation Forum (ATFF)

ATFF will, for the first time ever, bring together Africa’s Ministers of Trade, Finance and Transport, Heads of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs), a select group of CEOs and Executives from the private sector in both Africa and the rest of the world, senior executives from development banks, senior representatives from civil society, academia, international development agencies and the media.
There are great benefits to intra-regional trade for companies and countries in Africa but our challenge is how to get there. Africa is a complex market of 54 countries and many thousands of processes and rules. The continent needs to cut trade-related costs in order to significantly boost trade performance and boost market opportunities for businesses; therefore trade facilitation – which looks at how procedures and controls governing the movement of goods across national borders can be improved to reduce costs – is critical.
The ATFF will explore ways to overcome the restrictions to trading and imports across Africa such as non-tariff barriers. At Africa Trade Week you will be part of a diverse group will come together to chart a course for how African economies can be transformed through intra-regional trade and trade facilitation.

The Africa Trade Facilitation Initiative

As a delegate of Africa Trade Week 2016 you will be invited to be at the centre of a new multi-stakeholder initiative to energize intra-regional trade. The AUC in association with UNECA, Regional Economic Communities and other stakeholders will launch the Africa Trade Facilitation Initiative, a coherent approach to addressing trade facilitation challenges on the continent.  The initiative will create a multi-stakeholder platform comprising of Ministers, RECs, business councils & private sector associations and companies, customs bodies, and key actors in intra-regional trade.
To request your invitation, please email ef@norwegianafrican.no