Nathan Associates Inc. is anticipating a U.S. government funded activity in Paraguay, which will provide technical assistance on Paraguay’s implementation of its commitments under the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA), with the specific goals of increased agricultural productivity and expanded trade of agricultural products.
Trade facilitation is especially important to global food and agriculture systems due to growing global demand for diverse food sources, complex border procedures and requirements, and the perishable nature of agricultural products. Reducing barriers to trade maintains a level international playing field, which directly helps food and agricultural producers, importers, and exporters.
Paraguay ratified the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation on March 1, 2016. During the review period, it continued its reform process with a view to making customs administration more efficient and transparent and facilitating trade. Reforms include the adoption of a computerized risk management system, implementation of an approved economic operator program, introduction of the express consignment procedure, electronic transmission of air manifests, and digitalization of customs documents. Building on these achievements, there is still room to improve and simplify the procedures for registration of importers and their products and to revise and streamline the import licensing regime.
Paraguay’s National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) has made significant strides in implementing TFA requirements. Housed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and enjoying strong political support, the NTFC has been increasing its consultation and coordination activities to include more private sector involvement. This project should empower the NTFC to enact their agenda and strengthen trade facilitation in Paraguay.
Reporting structure and coordination. The Country Director will play a key role in overseeing Nathan’s TFA efforts in Paraguay, requiring management and coordination skills and technical expertise in trade capacity building and diplomacy in the field. The position entails engagement with a wide range of public and private sector actors and international donors. The regional Director will:
The Country Director will be responsible for the leadership, delivery, implementation, effective management and monitoring, evaluation and coordination of the TFA program in Paraguay. This will include oversight over both the technical tasks and the implementation of training, workshops or events for government agencies and counterparts.
The Country Director will be based in Asunción, Paraguay.
Key tasks include, but are not limited to: