Regional: Trade Facilitation in South Asia

This regional technical assistance supports the operations of the Customs Subgroup of the SASEC Trade Facilitation Working Group, for improved coordination and cooperation among Customs officials in the SASEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka). It also seeks to promote experience and knowledge exchange on international best practice on Customs reform and modernization in South Asian countries. Finally, it helps develop a framework for interface of modern Customs administration systems between and among SASEC countries.


PROJECT DETAILS

Commitment Date

Funding Type

Country

Sector

Status

Total Cost

20 Aug 2013

Technical Assistance

Regional

Trade Facilitation

Ongoing

$2.78 million

KEY OUTPUTS

Cooperation between and among Customs agencies in South Asia enhanced through agreements and knowledge-sharing sessions

Interface framework for Customs administration systems in SASEC countries identified

FINANCING

$1.5 million (Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction)

$525,000 (Technical Assistance Special Fund)

$500,000 (Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund)

$250,000 (Technical Assistance Special Fund - Supplementary)