Members of Lesotho’s National Trade Facilitation Committee gather after the trainingUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted training during the week of August 10, 2015 for the Lesotho National Trade Facilitation Committee. The Lesotho Ministry of Trade and Industry requested that the Trade Hub provide the training, which covered the details of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Participants came away with an understanding of the Trade Facilitation Agreement articles and the obligations of WTO Member countries. The training equipped the Lesotho National Trade Facilitation Committee to function more effectively and contribute to Lesotho’s progress towards meeting the recommendations of the Agreement.

The workshop resulted in draft Terms of Reference for the National Trade Facilitation Committee and a work plan for ongoing future action. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Lesotho Revenue Authority, the Ministry of Development Planning, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Lesotho Police, the Private Sector Foundation of Lesotho, and the Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Photo: Members of Lesotho’s National Trade Facilitation Committee gather after the training




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