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Consider Africa, which has been working hard lately to deepen intracontinental trade and integration.The Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force in 2017, is a case in point. For many African countries, implementing trade-facilitation reforms will require overcoming concurrent challenges, such as supply constraints, slow economic growth, inefficient Customs controls and poor border coordination.To secure the necessary buy-in for this and other trade-facilitation reforms, the private sector must be included in decision-making.The SAIIA study also underscores the need for Zambia to embed its trade-facilitation reform priorities into the agendas of a range of government agencies, thereby improving coordination. All of these agencies must understand not only national priorities, but also how efforts can be directed toward improving trade conditions and deepening regional integration, thereby contributing to wider global development goals. Training programs and capacity-building support offered by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation can support this effort by helping to create a pool of government personnel with the knowledge and skills to implement long-term reforms.
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