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AUC – EC Forum on Trade Facilitation

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Friday, 18 January 2013

AUC – EC Forum on Trade Facilitation

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission (EC) organised the first Joint Customs and Trade Facilitation Forum titled "A Customs Strategy for the Continental Free Trade Area" in Brussels from 11 to 13 December 2012 .
Customs and Trade Facilitation is one of the actions jointly implemented by the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in the framework of the Joint Africa EU Strategy to foster cooperation between both EU and African customs administrations and amongst African customs administrations.
The objective of the Forum was to contribute to the identification of concrete measures to be taken by the AU, its RECs and Member States' customs authorities in their area of competence for the implementation of the customs aspects related to the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). It follows the decision taken by Heads of States at the African Union Summits of January and July 2012 to move toward a CFTA by 2017.
Overall, the final recommendations of the forum urge the AUC "to address continental challenges in the area of trade facilitation, customs procedures and legislation, in particular origin, valuation, nomenclature, transit and interconnectivity, working in partnership with the RECs to prepare for the start of the negotiations."

Source: Africa and Europe in Partnership