south asia watch on trade, economics and environment

Ongoing Programmes

Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

SAWTEE in partnership with CUTS International – India, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Bangladesh, and Bhutan Media and Communication Institute – Bhutan has been implementing the project Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal from December 2018 with the support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The aim of the project is to prepare cases in favour of gender inclusive trade policies to enhance participation of women in trade and related income generating activities, evidences for which will be collected from women led/managed/owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) region. The objectives of the project are as follows:

1. Identifying existing barriers (low level of financial & digital inclusion of women and hurdles faced by women traders at selected land ports) that limit women entrepreneurs to access opportunities to engage in economic activities, particularly in trade.

2. Conducting gender-based analysis of Trade Facilitation Measures (TFMs) under Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

3. Creating awareness on gender-inclusive trade facilitation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

4. Suggesting country-specific policy recommendations in favour of women responsive TFA in particular and trade policy in general for enhanced participation of women in trade and trade related activities.