Development cooperation ,18.12.2015

WCO-ESA Project "to progress the trade facilitation agenda, within the framework of the WCO Mercator Programme"


The objective of the project is to increase intra-African trade and increase trade between Africa and the rest of the world by supporting Customs reform and modernization in beneficiary countries in the ESA Region to implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Expected key results include the aim to facilitate trade and improve border procedures of ESA Customs administrations by introducing modern Customs techniques using proven tools and instruments developed by the World's Customs Organisation (WCO). The project will also seek to build sustainable regional training capacity by supporting regional training centres. The TFA is the first multilateral agreement of the WTO, that was agreed at the Bali ministerial meeting in 2013. WTO has estimated that full implementation of the agreement would reduce trade costs in Africa by app. 16.5 percent. Beneficiaries are particularly the SMEs in developing countries. The project will be implemented as a WCO project, which is a multilateral organization. The steering committee of the project comprises the WCO, representatives of regional customs administrations, the Finnish customs and the MFA. The project will be implemented from the WCO regional office in Africa. The ministry provides total funding of three million euros for 2016-2018.

Funding decision  18.12.2015

2 000 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Aid to environment
  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Trade policy and administrative management 30%
  • Trade facilitation 50%
  • Trade facilitation 20%



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