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Banyan Global Report on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in Trade Facilitation Highlighted at World Customs Organization Council Session

Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality in Trade Facilitation: The Role of Customs and Border Services, a report developed by Banyan Global under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality Technical Assistance (WE3 TA) task order, was highlighted at the 137th session of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Council. The session was held virtually from December 10—12, 2020 and included heads of delegation from 150 WCO member customs administrations. Discussions at the session focused on e-commerce, the facilitation and control of passenger flows, the role of customs in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitating the cross-border movement of vaccines, and gender equality and diversity. During the session, the WCO Council unanimously adopted the Declaration of the Customs Co-operation Council on Gender Equality and Diversity in Customs to commit to efforts to make customs administrations more inclusive. Banyan Global’s report on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality in trade facilitation was presented to the WCO Secretariat in this context to further drive and enhance the Council’s gender equality and diversity agenda.