Training Workshop on the International Road Transport (TIR/ eTIR) and the Conventions on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR/ eCMR) for the Sub-Saharan African Countries

Casablanca, Morocco, 28 June 2022 – within the framework of their joint capacity development program in the field of trade facilitation, the Islamic Center for the Development of Trade (ICDT), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Secretariat of the Economic Commission of United Nations for Europe (UNECE), organize a Training Workshop on International Road and Goods Transport Conventions.

This workshop is organized for the benefit of the executives of the Ministries of Trade and Customs Administrations of 17 member countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. It will address the technical aspects of the implementation of the two conventions related to the international transport of goods.

The training workshop which will be held from 28-29 June 2022, gives the opportunity for the participants to learn about the benefits of implementing these conventions, including the reduction of customs administrative procedures and the adequate allocation of resources for proper risk assessment. The workshop will also highlight simplifying transit operations and managing data related to cross-border transport.

During this workshop, Mr. Mohammed Benaguid , Head of Logistics and Procedures Department at Ministry of Industry and Trade, Morocco delivered the opening speech along with Mr. Mamoudou Sall, Assistant Director-General of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT), Mr. Kadir Basboga, Senior Regional Integration Economist of the Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI) Department at IsDB and Mr. Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Chief, Transport Facilitation and Economics Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In the opening speech, Mr. Kadir emphasized IsDB’s commitment to continue to work with partners to support its member countries (MCs) through the various IsDB programs including the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for Regional and Global integration in Trade.

The subject of this workshop is of great interest to the concerned authorities as the road remains the most dominant mode of transport in Sub-Saharan Africa. The implementation of these conventions has advantages in terms of opening up several countries on the continent to international trade.

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