News List

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

July 2017

India Releases National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

The Government of India launched the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) on 21 July 2017, to align India's border procedures with international best practices and improve the country's Ease of Doing Business. The plan includes a time-bound roadmap containing 76 action plans reflecting the Government's commitment to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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Tags: India, Trade Facilitation, Trade Facilitation Agreement, Ease of Doing Business

March 2017

BIMSTEC Roundtable Stresses Need to Resolve Border-Related Trade Barriers

The Eighth BIMSTEC Roundtable Meeting tackled “Rewriting the Rulebook of Regional Connectivity,” emphasizing the need to resolve border-related trade barriers through coordination of government policies across Asia, including Customs procedures and clearance of goods, to unlock the vibrancy of the Asian Highway and reduce the cost of doing business.

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Tags: BIMSTEC, Trade, Customs, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, ICT, Nepal, Transport, Ease of Doing Business

November 2016

Bangladesh to Improve Ease of Doing Business to Attract More Indian Investors

In a meeting with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr. Kazi M. Azul Islam, Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority, promised CII delegates that Bangladesh will work toward improving the country’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ to encourage more investors from India. Bangladesh has set a five-year target to improve its ease of doing business.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Ease of Doing Business, Investment, Energy, Infrastructure, Bilateral Trade

October 2016

VCIC Receives Major Support from ADB

The $631 million loan and grant support from the Asian Development Bank provides a huge boost to the 800-kilometer Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) section of the 2500-km East Coast Economic Corridor. Approved in September 2016, the VCIC Development Program will help develop India’s first coastal industrial corridor and create seamless trade links between South and Southeast Asia.

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Tags: Economic corridor, India, Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor, Infrastructure, Ease of Doing Business