Zambia and Jamaica have jointly emerged winners of the first prize during the Smartlessons Competition at the just ended 6th Aid for Trade Global Review held at the World Trade Organisation(WTO) in Geneva,Switzerland.
This was after the Zambian delegation leader,the Permanent Sectretary for the Ministry of Commerce ,Trade and Industry(MCTI),Kayula Siame made a presentation of the case study on trade facilitation reforms in our Country.
The notable achievement was as a result of reforms being implemented by the Zambia Bureau of Standards(ZABS) in the area of risk management system in border areas.
The event was conducted by the WTO facilitation Agreement facility in collaboration with the World Bank Group under the Smartlessons programme showcased the lessons learnt in implementing trade facilitation reforms that help countries align with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
The 6th Aid for Trade Global Review was held from the 11th to 14th July,2017,a forum that provided a platform for high level discussion on the Aid for Trade initiative which aimed at building the training capacity of Developing and Least Developed Countries(LDCs).
The bienniel event was themed “Promoting Trade,Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development” with particular focus on women empowerment,Small Medium Enterprises(SMEs) and Digital Economy.
This year’s event brought together partipants from around the world,among them were;Trade and Development Ministers,Senior Government Officials,Heads of Multilateral and Development Agencies,representatives of the private sector and the Civil Society Organisations(CSOs).
Others in the Zambian MCTI Permanent Sectretary led delegation were;representatives within the Ministry,the Permanent Mission of Zambia in Geneva,representatives from the Zambia Revenue Authority(ZRA)and Zambia Bureau of Standards.