USAID Gives Lift To WTO's Trade Facilitation Pact

By Alex Lawson (July 2, 2015, 5:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Wednesday that it will lend its support to the formation of a sweeping coalition that will help developing countries implement a World Trade Organization agreement that will slash customs barriers and red tape at ports around the globe.

USAID said it will be one of several international development agencies to participate in the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which the WTO is aiming to launch at its December ministerial conference in Kenya.

Seamless implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement for poorer countries is a crucial priority for the WTO, which is looking to rebuild the...

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