The Trade Facilitation Support Programme (TFSP) is a flagship technical assistance programme administered by the World Bank Group, having supported more than 40 countries in aligning their trade practices with the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

International Economics carried out a “mid-term” stocktaking exercise, adopting a formative approach and focusing on assessing the TFSP’s performance to date, identifying strengths and weaknesses of TFSP’s approach to supporting WTO TFA alignment in client countries, as well as emerging lessons learned from WTO TFA implementation.

The team carried out an independent assessment of TFSP’s performance and results achieved to date, identified areas to improve the Programme’s effectiveness, and assessed how the TFSP has complemented other trade facilitation programmes.