In March 2017 AETS succesfully concluded the study commissioned by the COMESA Secretariat to advise the design of the COMESA Regional Trade Facilitation Programme funded by the EU. This assignment was instrumental to consult and involve the different stakeholders concerned in the design process (COMESA countries' authorities, corridors' authorities, trade/transport associations and private companies, EU national délégations, etc.), in order to raise awareness and build progressive ownership on the implementation arrangements of the upcoming Trade Facilitation Programme, which will cover the following areas: i) Monitoring and resolution of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs); ii) Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement; iii) Coordinated Border Management and trade and transport facilitation along selected corridors and border posts; iv) Implementation of harmonised, science based Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) and Technical Standards; and
v) Support to trade negotiations/promotion (trade in services, free movement of persons and trade negotiations). A technical team of three Key Experts was mobilised, duly coordinated and quality ensured by AETS.