Florent Bakija is Senior Program Officer for Trade Facilitation. In his role at CIPE, Bakija oversees projects in Latin America and Africa that fund modernization of global supply chains and cross border trade flow, and support the implementation of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). In Colombia, his 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 Zambia, Bakija is developing a project for intervention in support of designing a framework for licensing clearing agents in the country.
Prior to joining CIPE, Bakija worked with the World Bank in Washington D.C. covering 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 between Kosovo and 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.