Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Trade facilitation”
Trade facilitation concerns itself with eliminating “red-tape“ in international trade. It looks at how procedures and controls governing the movement of goods across national borders can be improved to reduce associated cost burdens and maximize efficiency while safeguarding legitimate regulatory objectives. Economist may describe trade facilitation in terms of reducing the transaction costs between business operators and regulatory authorities in cross-border operations.
Trade facilitation has become a topic with considerable policy momentum, especially in the context of trade negotiations and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), cstoms reform (e.g., the European Union’s Modernised Customs Code), supply chain security (e.g., the World Customs Organization’s SAFE Framework of Standards) and economic development, where trade facilitation is seen as a means towards ensuring access to the world’s markets.
In this seminar, Andrew Grainger, an experienced academic and practitioner in this exciting field, will outline recent developments in trade facilitation with a focus on the conflict between operational and institutional variables. In his discussion, he will (i) raise the question of whether the current institutions concerned with trade policy have the necessary capabilities to apply themselves to operational issues adequately, and (ii) outline the potential for an interdisciplinary research agenda.
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Dr. Andrew Grainger is an experienced trade facilitation practitioner and academic. He is currently based at Nottingham University Business School where he is a Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In previous roles, he worked as Deputy Director at SITPRO, the former UK trade facilitation agency, and Secretary for EUROPRO, the umbrella body for European trade facilitation organizations. On a number of occasions he has worked as staff consultant with the World Bank Group. In a free-lance capacity he has also supplied consulting services to the European Commission, the European Parliament, UK’s HM Revenue and Customs, UK’s Businesslink.gov.uk programme, the government of Lao PDR, the government of Ethiopia, as well as a number of private sector companies and research organizations. Andrew is also an editor for the World Customs Journal and an active member in the International Network of Customs Universities.