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RTA Exchange: new platform for knowledge and dialogue on regional trade agreement

Advances in technology, the fragmentation of production around the world and the growth of emerging and developing economies are changing patterns of global trade and consumption. At the same time a number of new issues have emerged in global trade such as the growth of electronic commerce, and the increasing role of information technology and of services in trade.

Jul 20, 2016.

Results 2016 Call for Proposals Regional Public Goods Initiative

On July 20th, 2016, the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a list of 15 proposals, which together will receive US$9.45 million in grants under the Regional Public Goods Initiative. The 15 finalists were selected among 117 proposals submitted under this year´s call for proposals.

Jul 19, 2016.

Honduras Customs renews its offices

Through a loan from the IDB, the Government of Honduras began the construction of the new building last year. The new facility will feature the latest technology and equipment, new furniture, a data center, electrical infrastructure with an emergency generator, laboratory sections for officials, and controlled access. The new building represents an investment of US $ 1.2 million and will be 4,400 square meters; nearly 3 times the size of the current office building (1,200 square meters).

Jun 29, 2016.

IDB and WCO co-organize Regional Workshops on Harmonized System 2017

Under the sponsorship of the IDB through the Japanese Special fund, two Regional Workshops were held on the Harmonized System 2017 amendments for the Administrations of the North, South, Central American and the Caribbean Region in Santo Domingo from 6 to 10 June.

Jun 16, 2016.

Customs of the Pacific Alliance countries

Customs administrations of the four countries members of the Pacific Alliance - Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico - signed an action plan to negotiate a multilateral agreement for the recognition of their Authorize Economic Operator Programs (AEO).

May 19, 2016.

ABD - Activities at the IDB-IIC Annual Meeting in Bahamas

Business leaders gathered to continue advancing a public-private agenda for the development of the region.

Apr 27, 2016.

XIX Regional Conference of Directors General of Customs

In order to strengthen the work with the private sector the meeting gathered representatives of trade associations and organizations of exporters, importers, customs brokers and express industry, among others.

Apr 27, 2016.

Ministers gathered in Nassau to prepare next RFM Meeting

High-level representatives of the Ministers of Finance of the Americas and the Caribbean gathered in Nassau on April 9 at the technical level to prepare the 2016 Annual Meeting of Regional Finance Ministers – also known as RFM Meetings – under the chairmanship of Mr. Santiago Peña, Minister of Finance of Paraguay.

Apr 27, 2016.

RPG 2016 Call Proposals closes record participation

The 2016 Call for proposals of the IDB Regional Public Goods Initiative closed on April 7, receiving a record number of 117 proposals from groups of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries presented proposals to collectively address challenges or seize new opportunities for development, requesting US$104 million in financing.

Apr 18, 2016.

Public-Private Dialogue on Trade Facilitation

Ministers, trade vice ministers, customs directors and members of the Americas Business Dialogue Working Group on Trade Facilitation agreed on a road map.

Mar 31, 2016.

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