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Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism in Bangladesh: Baseline Study

Publication | June 2017
Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism in Bangladesh: Baseline Study

Countries in South Asia, including Bangladesh, often face high trade costs.

This report reviews trade and transport procedures in Bangladesh, highlights the importance of monitoring trade and transport facilitation, and lays a foundation for future studies and establishment of long-term, sustainable Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM). The establishment of TTFMM is important for a country to take stock, identify bottlenecks, and prioritize recommendations for the implementation of trade facilitation measures. A baseline study is the first step to establish TTFMM.  

In light of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement, the report presents both the challenges and enormous opportunities for enhancing efficiency along Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal corridors.

Contents 

  • Chapter 1: Background and introduction
    • Importance of Trade Facilitation
    • Important Measures and Initiatives on Trade Facilitation in Bangladesh
    • High Trade Costs Remain a Major Challenge for South Asia, Including Bangladesh
    • Importance of Monitoring and Measuring Trade Facilitation Performance
    • Key Functions and Features of Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism
    • Objective of the Study
    • Structure of the Report and the Rationale
  • Chapter 2: Scope of the Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism Baseline Study in Bangladesh
    • Factors for Consideration in Defining the Scope of Monitoring
    • Process of Selecting the Scope of Monitoring in Bangladesh and Final Selection
  • Chapter 3: Methodology for data collection and analysis
    • Business Process Analysis Plus as the Underlying Methodology
    • Data Collection and Validation Process for the Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism Baseline Study
  • Chapter 4: Key Findings and Policy Recommendations
    • Burimari–Rangpur–Dhaka Corridor
    • Banglabandha–Rangpur–Dhaka Corridor
  • Chapter 5: Way forward to establish Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism in Bangladesh
    • Institutional Arrangement
    • National Capacity Building
    • Resources
    • Continuation and Expansion of Monitoring
    • Alignment of Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism with Global, Regional, and National Initiatives
  • Chapter 6: Summary and Conclusion