News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

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January 2018

WCO Encourages Customs Administrations to Promote Secure Business Environments

In a message to commemorate International Customs Day 2018, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization (WCO), examines what it means to truly promote a secure business environment through Customs to foster participation in cross-border trade. He urges WCO and its members to contribute to building business environments that are enabling, safe, and fair and sustainable.

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Tags: Customs, WCO, Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO

January 2018

Commentary: Energy Cooperation Stabilizing Region

Rapid economic growth and increasing populations pose challenges to the South Asian region’s energy security. Increasing energy cooperation among South Asian countries will help ensure access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy for the entire region.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, BBIN, BIMSTEC, Energy, Regional Cooperation, Hydropower, SAARC

January 2018

Delhi Declaration Reflects India and the ASEAN Region’s Commitment to Step Up Economic Cooperation

The Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and the Republic of India gathered in New Delhi, India, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. They issued the Delhi Declaration, which highlights key areas for future patnership between India and the ASEAN. It emphasized the need to boost trade between India and the ASEAN member countries by fully implementing the ASEAN-India Free Trade Area.

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January 2018

Bhutan Moves Pipeline Hydropower Projects Forward

The Government of Bhutan is moving forward with Detailed Project Reports for pipeline hydropower projects in the country, including hydropower joint ventures with the Government of India. Bhutan aims to generate another 5,178 megawatts by 2025 from these pipeline projects, including the 1,125 MW Dorjilung project, 2,560 MW Sunkosh project, and 2,640 MW Kuri Gongri project.

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Tags: Bhutan, Hydropower, Energy, Electricity, India

January 2018

Women Entrepreneurs Look to SAARC Markets

South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) will promote products by women entrepreneurs in markets in SAARC countries. A Women Entrepreneur International Trade and Technology Hub will be developed in Visakhapatnam, India, with ADB assistance. The Hub will serve as a one-stop platform for women entrepreneurs and provide training on international trade and business.

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Tags: ADB, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, SAARC, Sri Lanka, Trade

January 2018

SAFE Framework and AEO Programme to Secure Supply Chains in Sri Lanka

World Customs Organization, in cooperation with the China Customs Cooperation Fund, conducted a workshop to lay down a broad framework for Sri Lankan Customs to effectively implement the SAFE Framework and launch an AEO program.

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January 2018

Electronic Cargo Tracking System to Help Ease Transit of Nepal-bound Cargo

The Cabinet of Nepal has approved the modality of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS). Following this, Nepal's Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has begun preparations for ECTS implementation with the assistance of ADB. Mr. Ravi Shanker Sainju, Joint Secretary, MoC, is hopeful that the ECTS will help control the turnaround time of shipping line containers, and significantly reduce the delay and cost of trade. He stressed that if Nepal can minimize time consumed in trade, cost of goods.

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Tags: ADB, Nepal, Electronic Cargo Tracking System, Customs, Trade

January 2018

Ludhiana, India, Organizes Authorized Economic Operator Workshop

Customs Cummisionerate, Ludhiana, India, organized an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Workshop in Sanhewal on 12 January 2018. Around 100 importers, exporters, and logistics officers from Punjab attended the workshop conducted by Delhi Customs.

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Tags: , Authorised Economic Operators, Customs, Ease of Doing Business, India, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO

January 2018

Land Border Crossing Agreement between India and Myanmar Approved

India's Union Cabinet has approved the Land Border Crossing Agreement between India and Myanmar. The Agreement will facilitate regulation and harmonization of already existing free movement rights for people in the border areas, as well as movement of people on the basis of valid passports and visas, encouraging economic and social interaction between the two countries.

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Tags: India, Myanmar, Trade

January 2018

Greetings from SASEC

The SASEC Secretariat wishes peace, prosperity, and joy to all this 2018.

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Tags: SASEC