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Trade Facilitation for Export Diversification in Small or Medium South Asian Countries

Begins:   Jun 09, 2008 09:00
Ends:   Jun 13, 2008 17:00
Contact Person:   Ignacio Yanes Hernandez

Date: June 9 - 13, 2008

Description: This Internet-based course aims at providing trade policy makers, advisors, researchers, private sector operators (representatives of agriculture, industry, and services), and export support institutions in small or medium South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, and Maldives) with useful insights and better understanding of trade facilitation, transit, and logistics constraints preventing optimal  export diversification in  small or medium South Asian Countries.

The course focuses on trade facilitation, transit, and logistics constraints and their implication for export performance of small or medium South Asian countries. These constraints are particularly onerous for landlocked countries. It has been suggested that transport costs for landlocked countries are 50% higher than for coastal countries, with a large share of these extra costs resulting from poor transit procedures.  To the extent that these procedures are excessively costly, they render imports more expensive than they should be and increase costs for exports.  More expensive imports lower a country’s external competitiveness as it makes production for the internal market more rewarding to the producer.  Its anti export bias acts in a way similar to import duties.  In addition, complex and costly border procedures –amongst which transit procedures- increase the cost of imports that are incorporated in exports, thus making exports less competitive.  

Contact: Salomon Samen, Course Director,, 202 458 1283.
Coordinator: Ignacio Hernandez, Course Coordinator,

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