The ESCAP in collaboration with ARTNeT has released an online course focusing on Trade and SDGs. The access to the course is free to the public and the content is chosen to provide an accessible learning on the transition from ‪MDGs‬ to SDGs, type process and rationale behind opting for a universal goal, and introduces the main linkages between trade and the SDGs. The three modules now form a basic level course and will be followed by more advanced and tailored courses to respond to capacity building needs in this substantive area.

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Business Process Analysis is recommended as the first step to be taken before undertaking other trade facilitation measures related to the simplification, harmonization, and automation of trade procedures and documents. Indeed, it is important that a clear and detailed picture of the "as-is" business processes involved in importing or exporting be available, as it will provide a sound basis for the selection and prioritization of trade facilitation measures aimed at streamlining these processes. To assist in this, ESCAP, together with UNECE and UNNExT have developed a Guide to Business Process Analysis to Simplify Trade Procedures [English | Russian | Arabic] which provides a concise methodology for the elicitation and systematic documentation of existing trade procedures and processes.

In addition, the E-Learning Series on Business Process Analysis for Trade Facilitation was developed based on the Guide to Business Process Analysis to Simplify Trade Procedures. The online course also includes the possibility of obtaining a BPA for Trade Facilitation certificate. For more information visit the page on Business Process Analysis for Trade Facilitation UNNExT website.

In this module, you will familiarize yourself with the concept of Business Process Analysis and understand its relevance in the context of trade facilitation. The completion of this module is estimated at 20 minutes. Your time may be allocated as follows:

  • 10 minutes to watch the video
  • 10 minutes to read the reading material “Chapter 1: Trade Facilitation and Business Process Analysis” (pages 1-3) of the UNNExT BPA Guide

By the end of this module, you will be able to understand UML notations and draw simple Use Case and Activity Diagrams. The completion of this module is estimated at 30-40 minutes. Your time may be allocated as follows:

  • 16 minutes to watch the video
  • 20 minutes to read “Chapter 2: Introduction to the Business Process Analysis” (pages 4-9) of the UNNExT BPA Guide

The goal of this module is twofold: first, to give you an overview of all the steps needed to complete a BPA project and second, to give you tips and techniques to help you define your project scope. The completion of this module is estimated at about 50 minutes. Your time should be allocated as follows:

This module will help you understand how to plan and define the timeline of your BPA project. The completion of this module is estimated at 30 minutes. Your time should be allocated as follows:

  • 13 minutes to watch the video
  • 17 minutes to read “Chapter 3: Guide to Business Process Analysis to simplify trade procedures” (pages 21- 25) of the UNNExT BPA Guide

In this module, you will learn how to collect information on the “as-is” business processes and turn them into useful inputs for your project. The completion of this module is estimated at 50 minutes. Your time should be allocated as follows:

  • 20 minutes to watch the video
  • 30 minutes to read “Chapter 3: Guide to Business Process Analysis to simplify trade procedures” (pages 25-39)of the UNNExT BPA Guide

By the end of this module, you should have acquired basic knowledge on how to analyze the “as-is” business processes and how to formulate recommendations. The completion of this module is estimated at 50 minutes. Your time should be allocated as follows:

  • 20 minutes to watch the video
  • 30 minutes to read “Chapter 3: Guide to Business Process Analysis to simplify trade procedures” (pages 39-51) of the UNNExT BPA Guide
IMPORTANT: As part of the learning exercise, self-learners may review at least one existing BPA report of trade procedures in some details, e.g. the BPA of Thai Jasmine Rice Export provided in Annex to the UNNExT BPA Guide. At least 30 minutes may be allocated to reviewing one or more cases.

This optional module goes beyond BPA and BPA project management and provides an introduction to the importance of monitoring and how to set up a trade and transport facilitation monitoring mechanism (TTFMM) that may incorporate BPA. Overall, the completion of this module is estimated at 35 minutes. Your time should be allocated as follows:

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