It has been estimated that the hidden costs of red tape add up to 15 per cent of the value of goods traded. How to boost intra-regional trade in Asia and the Pacific by streamlining trade procedures and regulations? Can useful lessons be drawn from existing national and regional initiatives to further facilitate intra-regional trade? And how regional cooperation can help to reduce the trade facilitation gap across countries? These are some of the questions that will be discussed during the first Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum . Jointly organized by ESCAP and ADB, the event will take place from 25 to 26 November 2009, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok.

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