Implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement – Sept 14

  • Implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement
    September 14, 2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk to examine qualitative and quantitative benefits of implementation of TFA in Africa. Unilateral reforms in transparency, document simplification, and engagement of the trade community indicate momentum toward implementation.  Political will is also needed to upgrade hard and soft infrastructure, train human resources, and overcome inertia at border agencies. Discussants will highlight the benefits of TFA implementation and identify factors that generate political will to implement TFA.


Alina Monica Antoci
Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank

In her current position with the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, Ms. Antoci provides substantial contribution to the global strategy for the Trade Facilitation program with a focus on high developmental impact. She leads and/or participates in the implementation of the Trade Facilitation projects in client countries through coordination of diagnostics and implementation activities in the field, technical support for reform, acts as a liaison with client and development partners and provides technical leadership on selected aspects of the projects.

From May 2004–April 2013, Ms. Antoci worked with the International Trade Department of the World Bank as a Trade Facilitation and Logistics Specialist. In this position, she lead and/or contributed to a number of major World Bank Group’s global public goods programs and flagship products in international trade and development including being responsible for the development and implementation of the “Logistics Performance Indicators (LPI)” project, a global initiative of the World Bank Group, benchmarking countries on their logistics performance (, as lead author for the three editions of the “Connecting to Compete–Trade logistics in the global economy” reports which benefitted from extensive press coverage (incl. The Economist).

She is also the lead author for the “Trade and Transport Facilitation Assessment–A Practical Guide for Country Implementation” which helps identify the obstacles to the fluidity of trade supply chains at the country level and authored chapters in various publications, including the World Economic Forum “Global Enabling Trade Report” (2008 and 2009 editions) and to the World Bank Group publication on “Border Management Modernization”. During 2005-2013, Ms. Antoci acted as the Coordinator for the Global Facilitation Partnership for Transportation and Trade (GFP) ( The GFP is a network of over 250 public and private partners (core partners include the World Bank Group, WCO, UNCTAD, UNECE, UNIDO, UNESCAP, the Commonwealth Secretariat, IRU, and TIACA), and more than a thousand subscribed trade facilitation professionals worldwide.

Ms. Antoci represented the World Bank Group at many international conferences and on official missions to over 60 countries and has been involved in the design, development, implementation and supervision of a range of operational projects in the area of trade and transport facilitation and logistics and contributed to high-level policy dialogues, workshops and seminars in this area.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2004, she worked for the Harvard Center for International Development (CID), the European Commission, and the Romanian Ministry of Finance. She holds a Masters in Mathematics and Information Technology, Operational Research and Statistics from Romania, a Certificate in International Tax Policy and Administration from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Administration, International Trade and Finance from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Virginia Brown
Office of Trade & Regulatory Reform, US Agency for International Development

Virginia Brown is the Director of the Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform at the United States Agency for International Development. Ms. Brown has over twenty years experience in customs, trade policy, and development. Prior to joining to USAID, she was the Director for Customs Affairs at the United States Trade Representative’s Office in the Executive Office of the President, serving as a negotiator for trade facilitation and rules of origin.

Ms. Brown also served on the staff of the United States Congress House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. Ms. Brown began her career as a lawyer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and served as the CBP Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs after 9/11 to assist in setting up new cargo security programs during the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.


Preregistration required due to limited space.






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