He said the Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee is intended to indentify non-tariff barrier that could serve as check points to the setting up of the trade portal in the country.
Deputy Minister Marvie stressed that they were able to do matrix of nineteen non-tariff barrier within the Commerce of the country over the past three years and the government have succeeded in reducing it to six.
Non-Tariff Barriers are barriers that are not monitored by the Government and robed the government of needed revenue.
The Deputy Commerce Minister told Capitol News at the start of a three-day workshop that since Liberia’s compliance with the WTO post accession, the Commerce Ministry has succeeded in several areas.
He says the Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee is currently working to draft a new term of reference and operationalized itself in a way that they could reflect the challenges of the WTO agreement.
Deputy Minister Marvie added that they are currently looking at key things within the agreement such as transparency by making every rule and regulation that has to do with trade are published.
“Through the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development UNCTAD, the Government of Liberia has been coordinating as part of the World Trade Organization plan; they have organized Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee that will handle all technical issues,” he added.
Deputy Minister Marvie also promised that Liberia is expected to begin using the single widow process that will reduce paperwork by using the e-platform when it comes to Trade Facilitation.
Also speaking to the Coordinator of Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee, Siryan Henry Yealue said the workshop is intended to develop five key modules and build technical capacities of key ministries that will help fast-track post accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Mr. Yealue said the training also meant to raise awareness about the trade facilitation, ensuring buy in of high level authorities and launch of the empowerment program building on trade facilitation package.
He also named the five modules as understanding, measuring and implementing trade facilitation, strengthening Trade Facilitation road map, training of trainers and benefit of trade facilitation.
Mr. Yealue said an online step by step guide to trade related procedures are also going to be developed at the end of the training.