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World Trade Organisation head to speak in Jamaica on trade facilitation today

Published:Monday | January 18, 2016 | 1:27 AM
Director General of the World Trade Organisation Roberto Azevedo.

Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevedo, is to deliver a major address on how trade facilitation is impacting developing countries like Jamaica at a luncheon in St Andrew later today.

The event is expected to get underway at noon and is to be attended by Industry, Investment and Commerce  Minister, Anthony Hylton. 

The local trade facilitation taskforce is also due to give an update on its work.

In December 2013, WTO members concluded negotiations on a Trade Facilitation Agreement at the Bali Ministerial Conference in Indonesia. 

The agreement contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, including goods in transit. 

It also sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation and customs compliance issues.

It further contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

The WTO head has been on a official visit to Jamaica since yesterday. 

The visit will end tomorrow.