I am delighted to welcome you to the latest newsletter edition of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation.
Seven years have passed since the German Alliance was founded – a network of experts from the public and private sector. Our journey has been one of innovation, adaptation, and shared commitment to enhance the efficiency of global trade. As the current programme phase is coming to an end in March 2024, it is now time to raise and discuss strategic questions. How can the trustful collaboration between public and private sector partners be continued? How should the network be shaped in the future?
To address these and further questions the steering committee of the German Alliance met (virtually) in September. On this occasion, the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) gave first insights on its new approach to realign its cooperation with the private sector. From 2024 onwards, the BMZ will set an even stronger focus on integrating the potential of the private sector for global socio-ecological transformation, and create networks to jointly develop solutions.
→ Our next virtual working meeting with all German Alliance members will take place on 9.-10. November 2023. It will provide space to discuss project results to set joint impulses for the near future.
Trade facilitation has never been more vital. The challenges brought forth by global events have underscored the importance of resilient supply chains and streamlined trade processes. In this context, our network remains of utmost importance to foster dialogue and implement practical solutions. We have already achieved much, but there is still a lot to do.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our next working meeting. Until then, I hope you enjoy reading the latest updates from the German Alliance. You will find different insights into our project work, success stories, event reports and much more.