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BRIEF July 12, 2017

Specialist SmartLessons Competition on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Implementation

To acknowledge early achievements and to share learning amongst WTO countries, the World Bank Group and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) launched a specialist SmartLessons Competition. SmartLessons are short papers which provide first-hand accounts of lessons learned in development operations.

WTO member countries were invited to share their experiences and lessons learned (both successes and challenges) in implementing trade facilitation reforms to align with the measures outlined in the WTO TFA. We received a total of 13 submissions from member countries on a variety of topics. A panel of judges both from the World Bank Group and the WTO evaluated the SmartLessons and shortlisted six finalists: Botswana, Jamaica, Malawi, Montenegro, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The finalists were invited to present their respective case studies in an informal TED-style session at the World Trade Organization’s Sixth Global Review of Aid for Trade. Jamaica and Zambia were announced as joint winners.

Links to SmartLessons

Jamaica’s Trade Facilitation Task Force: Involving Public and Private Sectors to Improve Competitiveness

Opening Doors to Transparency in Cross-Border Trade: Lessons from the Malawi Trade Portal

Taking Advantage of a Window of Opportunity: The Rwanda Electronic Single Window for Trade Efficiency

Integrating Risk-Based Principles into Border Inspections and Clearance in Zambia

Establishing a National Trade Facilitation Committee: Lessons Learned from Montenegro

Making Cross-Border Trade Easier: Lessons from Botswana

Related blog

https://blogs.worldbank.org/trade/wto-tfa-implementation-learning-early-results