Trade Facilitation - AfDB

Trade Facilitation - AfDB

Information dated: 2015

The Director

NEPAD, Regional Integration

and Trade Department


Tel: +216 71 10 2025,

+216 71 10 2156,

+216 71 10 3477

Fax: +216 71 33 2694

E-mail: A.Rugamba [at] afdb.org

Support for regional institutions

The Bank’s Trade and Transport Facilitation Framework underpin its approach to mainstreaming trade facil­itation in regional and country operations and strategy papers. It links the hard and soft aspects of trade-related infrastructure by striving to structure Bank Group interventions in trade facilitation as a necessary complement of regional infrastructure development efforts. The Bank’s approach blends both the compos­ite narrow and broader approaches to trade facilitation. At a micro-level the Bank’s measures are associated with the reduction of on the border transactions costs, improving the efficiency of non-tariff measures, sim­plification and harmonization of border documentation, formalities and procedures to reduce the time taken in processing transactions.

Other measures broadly extend to addressing legal, regulatory and institutional constraints in the business environment and trade support institutions. Areas of specific interest include addressing non-tariff barri­ers and soft issues linked to the improvements of tangible regional infrastructure namely border installa­tions, roads, ports of entry, energy infrastructure etc. For effectiveness and results the Bank collaborates and partners with regional member countries, regional institutions, development partners etc. The Bank is keen also to address legal and regulatory issues constraining the effectiveness of backbone services such as energy services, transport services, financial services, tourism services, and distribution services etc., both at the national and regional level.

The Bank collaborates with international institutions such as the World Trade Organization to foster progress on the Global multilateral talks on Trade Facilitation Agreement. Other partnerships such as with the World Customs Organization focus interventions to customs reforms and modernization, transport logistics etc. The Bank is part of the Joint Secretariat with African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa to mainstream trade facilitation agenda as part of boosting intra-African trade and realization of the Continental FTA.