The Union Government on 12 August 2016 constituted the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF).
The committee seeks to develop the pan-India road map for trade facilitation as per the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Earlier, on 22 April 2016, India ratified the TFA which is an outcome of the Bali Package 2013 or Ninth Ministerial Conference of the WTO.
Features of NCTF
• It is an inter-ministerial body on trade facilitation.
• It will act as a national level body that will facilitate domestic co-ordination and implementation of TFA provisions.
• It will play lead role in developing the pan-India road map for trade facilitation.
• It will synergise the various trade facilitation perspectives across the country.
• The focus will be on outreach programmes for sensitization of stakeholders about it.
• The committee will also be responsible for identifying the nature of required legislative changes and spearheading the diagnostic tools needed for assessing compliance to TFA.
• It will have a 3-tier structure with main national committee for monitoring implementation of TFA.
• At the apex level, it will be headed by the Union Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha.
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