Customs for Connectivity: SASEC

Video | 11 June 2013

Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya, talks about the need for harmonized customs procedures and practices to boost trade connectivity and promote economic growth in the SASEC region.

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Title: Customs for Connectivity: SASEC

Description: Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuriya, talks about the need for harmonized customs procedures and practices to boost trade connectivity and promote economic growth in the SASEC region.

Kunio Mikuriya
Secretary General
World Customs Organization

Q: What needs to be done to improve customs procedures to boost connectivity in the SASEC region?
A: In South Asia together with ADB, WCO has been working to increase regional cooperation and fortunately we have been making progress. For example, in Bangladesh, they have adapted the WCO tool with the help of ADB. They try to be connected because they are considered as an emerging market and to be emerging market and get more investments, foreign investments, you need really efficient border procedures and this is how they are progressing. And now other countries like Nepal, Bhutan, they are trying to get in to that group of simplified and harmonized custom procedure so that they can have a really good supply chain. I can see progress but we have to encourage them more. And we have to make them more in the cooperation mode because as you see they are a really big countries and small countries but they have to be connected. And making that connection that will strengthen all countries in that region.