News List

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

October 2019

Commentary: Let’s Make It Easier for Countries to Trade

Trade is one of the engines of Asia’s economic growth. Amid these challenging times for trade, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports trade reforms in Asia and the Pacific. In South Asia, ADB is supporting the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program to simplify trade documentation, promote automation in border agencies, develop a national single window platform, and develop trade-related infrastructure.

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Tags: National Single Window, SASEC, South Asia, Trade Facilitation Agreement, WTO

June 2019

Maldives Signs $10 million National Single Window Project with ADB

The Government of Maldives has signed a $10 million project with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its National Single Window Project. The agreement was signed at the sidelines of the Maldives Partnership Forum by Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer and Mr. Ronald Butiong, Director for Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination, South Asia Department, ADB.

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Tags: ADB, Maldives, National Single Window, SASEC, Trade Facilitation

May 2019

ADB to Help Maldives Establish A National Single Window

The Asian Development Bank approved the proposed financing for the Maldives: SASEC National Single Window Project worth $11 million. This project will introduce a single electronic platform in Maldives to improve the speed and efficiency of cross-border control procedures by employing the latest technology. This project will improve the trade environment of Maldives, and help expand its trade with partners in the region, including India and Sri Lanka.

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Tags: ADB, SASEC, Maldives, National Single Window, India, Sri Lanka, Trade Facilitation