Florent Bakija is Program Officer for Trade Facilitation at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). In his role at CIPE, Bakija oversees projects that fund modernization of global supply chains and cross-border trade flow and implementing the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). In Colombia and Myanmar, Bakija’s projects support a new risk management system for the national sanitary and phytosanitary agency; and establishing the Center for Trade Facilitation and Good Practices for advance rulings in the automotive sector in Colombia. In Myanmar, he is developing a project for intervention in support in establishing and operationalizing a de minimus threshold for low-value shipment; providing advance rulings for rules of origin; and strengthening the capacity of customs in the area of valuation.
Prior to joining CIPE, Bakija worked with the World Bank in Washington D.C. covering Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Projects in Africa. Before that, he served as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Trade and Industry of Kosovo. During that time Bakija served in the negotiating team for free trade agreements between Kosovo and the European Union, chaired trade negotiations with Turkey, worked on business regulatory environment and doing business reform, industry competitiveness, and contributed to a number of initiatives promoting free trade and private sector development between Kosovo and the wider Balkans. Bakija also worked for DFID where he covered projects in governance and strategic planning.