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The Inter-American Network Of International Trade Single Windows

meets in Cusco, Peru

Under the auspices of the Integration and Trade Sector of the IDB and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (MINCETUR), and the participation of Magali Silva, Minister of Trade and Tourism of Peru, the VI meeting of the Inter-American Network of Single Windows (RED VUCE) was held in Cusco, Peru on December 4th and 5th of 2014. The goal of the meeting was to continue the exchange of experiences and good practices to foster the use of electronic single windows as a trade facilitation tool, and to optimize and reduce the time and costs associated with export, import, and transit transactions according to international standards, recommendations, and good practices.

More than 80 high level representatives participated in the meeting, including officers of the Trade Ministries, Customs Offices and other public agencies in charge of foreig trade in 24 countries of the region; representatives of the private sector; international experts on port community systems and representatives of international organizations, such as The World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank. 

During the Cusco event the participants exchanged experiences and good practices on the design and implementation of national single window projects, as well as on the necessary aspects for making progress in the interoperability among single windows in the region in the near future. Also, the forum served as a venue to promote the dialogue on good practices for integrating private sector solutions into the design and implementation of single windows and move forward the discussion on indicators for measuring the impact of single windows.

Magali Silva, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, acknowledged that Red VUCE has consolidated as the most important regional forum for single windows in the region and highlighted that working on topics such as the future interoperability of single windows to facilitate the exchange of electronic data and documents means establishing the pillars to deepen regional integration and invigorate trade. Minister Silva also said that this will allow the private sector to save time and money while providing transparency for international transactions, and mentioned that the results achieved under the Pacific Alliance framework will serve as a guideline for the rest of the countries in the Americas.

The meeting also served as a venue to review the progress of the interoperability pilot project between the Pacific Alliance countries. The goal is that by May of 2016, the single windows of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will be connected and operating on an electronic basis, eliminating the use of paper in the commercial transactions and certifications.

The next Red VUCE meeting will be held on May of 2015 in Brazil.

RED VUCE IN THE CARIBBEAN

Trinidad and Tobago will host the first Caribbean Sub-Regional Meeting of the Inter-American Network of International Trade Single Windows under the Regional Policy Initiative. The meeting will gather regional and international experts to share with the Caribbean countries their experiences and best practices on the design and implementation of national single window projects and identify the steps needed to prepare for the future interoperability, while most of the countries are in the design stage.

The Regional Policy Dialogue is an IDB initiative that seeks to create a space for the exchange of experiences and to reflect upon important policy issues and the identification of cooperation opportunities between countries of Latin America and the Caribbean

ABOUT RED VUCE

Red VUCE is an initiative of the countries of the region that seeks to foster the use of electronic single windows as a trade facilitation tool, and to optimize and reduce the time and costs associated with export, import, and transit transactions according to international standards, recommendations, and good practices. Red VUCE seeks to boost its work by taking advantage of synergies with regional integration processes and initiatives of other agencies and international organizations.

To learn more about Red VUCE, please visit http://redvuce.org/

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