Our co-creation process

The Alliance is redefining the way that trade facilitation reform is carried out through our unique process of co-creation.

The public and private sectors have an equal responsibility to deliver trade facilitation reform. Reforms are also most likely to be effective if they are designed and delivered by both sectors working together.

That’s why the private sector is an equal partner to government from start to finish and why the two sectors take joint ownership of all of our projects.

Checkpoint 1:
Country approval
Checkpoint 2:
Concept note approval
Checkpoint 3:
Project proposal approval
Country identification

Governments and the private sector help us to identify countries with a need for trade facilitation support and a willingness from both sectors to work together on reforms.

Scoping missions

We meet the private sector and government in-country to identify the main trade bottlenecks and identify a potential project concept.

Project proposal development

We bring the public and private sectors together to develop the project proposal, ensuring it is feasible, targeted and measurable.


Both sectors deliver the project with the private sector providing support in the form of, for instance, technical expertise, resources, data, or piloting new systems.


This approach allows us to strengthen the capacity of the local private sector in developing and least developed countries to engage in public-private dialogue.

It also means we can deliver projects with business-efficiency, guided by rigorous targeting, monitoring and evaluation.