German Alliance for Trade Facilitation                                       

Dear readers, 

we are pleased to present you the Fall Newsletter of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, with many interesting updates from our collective trade facilitation efforts from around the globe. This Newsletter covers the main activities of the Alliance and recent developments in our projects.

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We wish you an informative read and are looking forward to hearing from you!

Have a safe and healthy winter and all the best,

Philipp Kruschel
Head of the Alliance Secretariat
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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News from the Secretariat
Looking for New Project Opportunities!

In our ideas competition we are looking for new project proposals for the Alliance for Trade Facilitation. We get involved where the interests of international and local companies as well as governments in partner countries match.
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Digital Solutions for Trade Facilitation

In November 2020 the Alliance held this year’s high-level forum under the heading ‘Digital Solutions for Trade Facilitation’. How can successful cooperation between the public sector and private sector contribute to trade facilitation in challenging times? And what role can digitalisation play in this context? Read more ... 
Virtual exchange of the Alliance partners

More than 30 partners of the Alliance met online at the eighth working meeting in November. New ideas emerged and initiatives were launched from the lively exchange. 
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News from Projects
Cambodia customs joins project on ‘Digitising Global Maritime Trade’

Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of Cambodia is working together with GIZ, UNCTAD and the private sector as one of the pilot countries in the new project Digitising Global Maritime Trade (DGMT). On 22 October 2020, H.E. Dr Kun Nhem, the Director General of GDCE, Guenter Riethmacher, GIZ Cambodia Country Director, and Mr Adnan T. Issa, Chief of Resources Management Services from UNCTAD, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the joint cooperation. 
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New project launched on blockchain-based customs clearance

Morocco’s customs authority has launched a new partner project with the Alliance. A blockchain-based platform for customs clearance is set to make cross-border trade procedures for express deliveries in Morocco more transparent, secure and efficient. Undervalued shipments are a major challenge for many customs authorities. At the same time, the number of shipments to be processed has risen steadily – not least due to e-commerce. These challenges are the starting point for the new project. 
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News from Partners
Alliance Projects along the Silk Road

"The New Silk Road - Alternative Transport Routes to Asia" - This was the topic of the latest regular podcast "Digitization of Logistics and Supply Chain Management" of the BVL - Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL). This time, Philipp Kruschel - Head of Secretariat of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation - joined the round. In the interview he discusses the significance and opportunities of the silk road initiative and describes how the Alliance’s projects match with this large-scale initiative. Read more and listen to the podcast ...
Insights from the Alliance's project in Montenegro at WCO Conference

“What do new Pre-Arrival Processing (PAP) capabilities in Montenegro tell us about customs performance measurement?” A panel of experts from the Alliance network discussed this question and shared insights gained from a recent impact assessment of the Alliance project in Montenegro that introduced a PAP system. The session was part of the annual PICARD Conference hosted by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Read more 
Covid-19 and e-Commerce - Impact on Businesses and Policy Responses

Philipp Kruschel, Head of the Secretariat of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, took part in a webinar focusing on the study results researching the impact of Covid-19 on e-commerce businesses across developing countries and least developed countries published by UNCTAD. The study can be read here. The webinar with further interesting perspectives and insights was live streamed on Facebook.
Federal German Government supporting Businesses heading for Africa

The Africa Business Network (Wirtschaftsnetzwerk Afrika) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy consists of established actors and programs of German foreign trade and investment promotion and development cooperation. It provides consulting services and assistance, especially for small and medium-sized businesses wishing to set up operations in Africa or to export to Africa. The Africa Business Network provides companies with an individual adviser, the Africa-Partner, who assists them along the way, from the first idea to market entry in Africa.

Upcoming Events
December TecTalk "Handbook Customs Simplifications" 
January Ideas Competition of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation
March 9th Working Meeting of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation

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