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Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Nepal National Study

Asian Development Bank (ADB), in May 2019, published the diagnostic report: "Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Nepal National Study," which explores how Nepal could boost its exports by addressing nontariff barriers to trade. The report, designed jointly by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and ADB, was prepared by Dr. Posh Raj Pandey, Chairman, SAWTEE, with significant research contribution from Mr. Kshitiz Dahal, Research Officer, SAWTEE.

The report focuses on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, and identifies export products that have potential for an increased market share in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. It also examines regulatory environment and national quality infrastructure of Nepal and demonstrates the need to upgrade quality standards and laboratory equipment, and strengthen accrediting and assessment bodies. The publication recommends how the public and private sectors can overcome these barriers.

The report could be downloaded at: https://www.adb.org/publications/nepal-exports-nontariff-barriers-trade-study