The South Asian Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Sub-Regional Trade Facilitation Program supports ADB's regional cooperation strategy for South Asia (2011-2015) and builds on the commitments expressed by the SASEC Trade and Transport Working Group. Its intended impact is to increase intra-regional trade among the SASEC member countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. India is not included in the program because it is self-financing its trade facilitation reforms and has already taken significant strides ahead of the other countries. It is, notably, the only SASEC member country that has acceded to the Revised Kyoto Convention for the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (RKC). This program's expected outcome is efficient, effective, transparent, secure and service-oriented processing of cross-border trade in the sub-region.
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