The "Readiness Assessment for Cross-Border Paperless Trade: Tuvalu" report is co-published by ESCAP & the Ministry of Fisheries and Trade, Tuvalu.
This report provides an assessment of Tuvalu’s readiness for cross-border paperless trade, that is, the conduct of domestic and international trade in the form of electronic data and documents through the use of electronic systems. Following a brief overview of trade facilitation implementation in Tuvalu, findings from the technical and legal readiness assessments for cross-border paperless trade are presented. Recommendations on both technical and legal aspects of cross-border paperless trade are then provided, followed by a proposed action plan for the way forward for Tuvalu.
The assessment was conducted by a team of local and international experts following readiness checklists developed by the ESCAP Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-Border Paperless Trade Facilitation. The local experts conduct interviews with relevant government agencies and private sector stakeholders. National consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade was co-organized by the Department of Trade, Government of Tuvalu and ESCAP on 10-11 November 2022, where preliminary findings from the visits were further reviewed, and consolidated with validations. Final findings and recommendations incorporating inputs and suggestions received during and following the consultations are presented in this report.
The financial support received from the UN Development Account project “Transport and trade connectivity in the age of pandemics: contactless, seamless and collaborative UN solutions" and from the Republic of Korea under the project ‘Capacity Building on Trade Facilitation and the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) promotion to strengthen intra-regional cooperation (Phase III)’.