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Press Releases 2013

Customs Modernization and Border Management Conference in Central America

July 23, 2013

TEGUCIGALPA – On July 25 and 26, more than 30 leaders from the private and public sectors of Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, and Nicaragua will travel to Chile to participate in the "Developing a Competitive Advantage in Today's Market: Using Public–Private Dialogue to Promote Trade Facilitation and Investment" conference, organized by the U.S. Government as part of its Customs Modernization and Border Management program. The program is also part of the State Department's "Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas."

Improving customs clearance processes helps promote investment and facilitate trade. Since 2011, Honduras has moved up in rank from 110th to 90 of 183 in the rankings of "Trading Across Borders" in the World Bank's Doing Business Report. In 2012, trade between the members of the U.S.-Dominican Republic Central America Free Trade Agreement countries has reached $ 61 trillion, more than 70 percent over 2005, the year before the free trade agreement.

This year's conference participants, including a delegation of eight members of the Presidential Commission for the Modernization of the Customs Service in Honduras (COPREMSA), will discuss how to advance public-private cooperation. Experts from the United States, Chile, the World Customs Organization, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, will also participate in the conference.

Since its inception in August 2011, the public-private dialogue program has focused on promoting customs reform between companies and the government and sought to establish open lines of communication while promoting collaboration and trust within and outside national borders. The conference participants will have the opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices from their own customs reform experiences.