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Designing and Implementing Single Windows in the Caribbean: Good Practices and International Standards

Date: 09 Apr 2015 to 10 Apr 2015

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

The goal of the meeting is to promote discussion among countries, transfer knowledge and good practices on the implementation of national single window projects outside of the region, and identify the steps needed to prepare for future interoperability, while most of the countries in the region are in the design stage. In addition, linkages to transport logistics systems will be explored, given the role of the region as a shipping hub and the predominance of port-cleared goods entering and exiting the countries.

The Regional Policy Dialogue is an IDB initiative that seeks to create a space for the exchange of experiences and to reflect upon important policy issues and the identification of cooperation opportunities among countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The Trade and Integration Network is comprised of high-level government officials responsible for trade and integration policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The network conducts annual meetings with the objective of providing a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing between the main policymakers of the region and Bank’s specialists in key topics related to regional trade and integration.

The sub-regional (Caribbean) meeting of the Trade and Integration Network will focus on International Trade Single Windows, providing an opportunity for the first sub-regional meeting of the Inter-American Network of International Trade Single Windows (Red VUCE). The Network is an initiative of countries seeking to foster the use of single windows as a trade facilitation and control tool, optimizing the time and reducing the costs associated with international trade while at the same time ensuring the efficient collection of revenues and providing security along the supply chain. Red VUCE provides opportunities to model national initiatives according to international standards, recommendations and good practices. In addition, Red VUCE takes advantage of synergies with regional initiatives, sub-regional integration processes, and initiatives of governments or international agencies and bodies.


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