A regional meeting on international transport and trade facilitation in North Africa will be held on 25 and 26 September in Rabat by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) of the United Nations.
The purpose of the meeting is “to help accelerate the process of regional integration in its dimension” Development of the North “intra-Africa trade, says ECA adds that it will propose, based on a preliminary study, an outline of a regional trade facilitation, in particular transport-transit interstate in the North African area.
It will also discuss the formulation, from an analysis of the main gaps or areas of delay identified, a common framework for action to raise the performance level of border administration and the quality of logistics services, and to support the sustainable development initiatives and exchanges existing in the sub-region economic integration. The ECA in the field of maritime transport in particular, the North African countries show a “very significant delay”, except for Morocco which saw its index maritime connectivity improvement from 2008 with the effect of Tangier Med port, and Egypt has always enjoyed a good ranking on the Global Movement of connectivity through the Suez Canal.
The experience of Tanger Med and success for attracting global flows of container could be an example of “best practice” for the sub-region in terms of potential gains in competitiveness and global connectivity, raises the same source. Trade facilitation is and must remain as a strategic driver of national development policies of foreign trade, an accompanying existing agreements of free trade or planned in the sub-region tool such as the agreement Agadir or proposed regional free trade agreement between the countries of the AMU, according to a report, which states that the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers must be combined with the simplification of customs procedures and reducing costs and delays of the inter-state induced by the still large number of documents required, and the multiplicity and duration of road transportation and border controls.