south asia watch on trade, economics and environment

Ongoing Programmes

Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia

SAWTEE undertook a project in June 2013 in collaboration with SAWTEE’s member/partner organizations, namely Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Bangladesh; Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International in India; Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Pakistan; and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) in Sri Lanka. The audit identifies trade- and transport-related bottlenecks in South Asia and estimates the required investment to overcome them. Some of the specific objectives of the project are to define a regional benchmark for an acceptable level of trade and transport facilitation in South Asia; assess the benefits of removing identified bottlenecks based on the regional benchmark and estimate the required investment. The project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DeFAT), Government of Australia.