Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Targeted Solutions, Global Impacts

CIPE co-leads the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and supports governments in developing and least developed countries in implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. Alliance projects cut through red tape and end costly delays at borders by bringing together governments and businesses of all sizes as equal partners to deliver targeted trade reforms.

By emphasizing digitalization and delivering other best practices, Alliance projects enable businesses to trade more easily thanks to streamlined and more predictable processes. Governments save time and resources by modernizing trade procedures while safeguarding their borders. Ultimately, Alliance projects boost trade competitiveness and business conditions, which are key drivers of inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction.

The Alliance is jointly led by the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum, in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded by the governments of the United States, Canada and Germany.

CIPE is currently leading Alliance programs in 6 countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Malawi, and Zambia, and supporting the implementation of a regional project involving 11 Latin American countries. It has also successfully completed three initiatives in Brazil and Colombia.

Our Impact




Risk management and digitalization are key to speedier trade and enhanced consumer safety.

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Transforming risk management to move essential goods efficiently.

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Center of Excellence boosting competitiveness in the Colombian automotive sector.

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Ongoing Projects

Project Updates

Boosting Stakeholder Engagement in Malawi

Senior Program Manager, Sousena Tefera, visited Malawi in preparation for the launch of trainings for clearing agents. The Alliance met with the Malawi Revenue Authority, Malawi University for Business and Applied Science (the institution selected to provide the training), and with the two prominent clearing agent associations.

Read more on the Alliance Website here.

Boosting Stakeholder Engagement in Zambia

Program Director, Aurelio Garcia, and Senior Program Manager, Sousena Tefera visited Zambia to meet with representatives from Zambia Revenue Authority, the Customs Clearing Agent Associations, and the Technical Education Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority.

Read more On the Alliance website here.

Trade Reform: Even Little Things Can Make a Huge Difference

Sousena Tefera, Senior Program Manager, CIPE wrote a blog that was recently published on the Alliance website titled: Trade Reform: Even little Things Can Make a Huge Difference.

Read more On the Alliance website here.

A Pragmatic Approach to Trade Facilitation

A recent blog post written by Laura Escalante, Trade Lead Program Manager, CIPE titled: A Pragmatic Approach to Trade Facilitation, was recently published by Alliance website.

Read more On the Alliance website here.