Since his first assignment at Nathan Associates criss-crossing Africa, Mr. Benjelloun has worked passionately to build developing countries' capacity for trade. He now oversees operational, technical, and strategic aspects of the firm’s diverse, expanding trade and logistics business.
Mr. Benjelloun previously was managing director responsible for all trade facilitation projects and business development in trade facilitation. He directly contributed his leadership and technical expertise to several projects, including creation of a trade information website for Haiti (2015) and a trade information portal template along with a tariff database for the West African Economic and Monetary Union (2013–2014). He is working on a customs-strengthening project in Haiti.
He led the ASEAN Single Window Project in Jakarta (2009–2013), designed to expedite cargo clearance by means of the electronic exchange of trade, customs, and transport data. The project helped ASEAN’s 10 member states design and implement the technical and legal architectures for a pilot ASEAN single window; helped launch two national single windows; analyzed gaps in the legal framework for establishing national single windows; and established a program for public and private consultations on single windows.
From 2002–2009, in Egypt, he served as a trade specialist with USAID’s Assistance for Trade Reform project then led trade policy and trade facilitation work for USAID's Technical Assistance for Policy Reform II (TAPR II) project. Among the many results, the project enhanced the ability of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to defend Egypt’s rights in the WTO as well as bilateral and regional trade agreements: MTI, with project support, established and built the capacity of its WTO department, Trade Policy Analysis Unit, and Legal Analysis Unit. The project also assisted the government and the private sector with establishing a leadership unit to build a food safety agency.
Earlier, in Madagascar, Mr. Benjelloun led technical assistance and training in trade policy and led establishment of a Madagascar–U.S. Business Council. In his first major assignment with Nathan Associates, he assisted the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda in contributing to the country's negotiation of regional trade agreements and WTO agreements. His work included the provision of technical assistance and training at the Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda Law Reform Commission, and Makerere University.
International trade policy, trade facilitation
English, Arabic (Moroccan, Egyptian), French