Trade facilitation enables firms in developing countries to access global markets for the first time. It helps lower the price of consumer and intermediate goods around the world.The World Economic Forum, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Center for International Private Enterprise together with the governments of Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States have joined forces in the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
The Alliance is a unique public-private platform which leverages business expertise, leadership and resources to support effective supply chain reforms measured by real-world business metrics. Locally-engaged businesses supply essential skills and support: deep understanding of local barriers, broad awareness of value-chain needs, and the incentive to master the details of effective reforms.
The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation brings together the business community to support trade facilitation reforms.
Alliance activities include:
• Establishing action-oriented multi-stakeholder dialogue on trade facilitation;
• Mobilizing public-private partnerships to drive change;
• Technical assistance and targeted sub-grants in support of capacity building;
• Benchmarking, monitoring and evaluation of trade facilitation reforms.