Trade Facilitation in Tajikistan: Two more steps forward    

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In April and June 2017, Mr. Amer Zafar Durrani, ITC International Consultant on Trade Facilitation conducted two missions to Tajikistan.

During his first mission on 4-9 April Mr. Durrani conducted several meetings with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), private sector representatives, and international organizations to discuss issues related to the Tajik Coordinating Committee on Trade Facilitation (CCTF), including CCTF meetings and workplans, workplan prioritization, coordination of activities among different stakeholders and donor agencies, etc. He also participated in the 2nd meeting of CCTF, which took place on 5 April and shared his views on how to make the CCTF more viable and an effective body.

During his second mission to Tajikistan on 19-24 June Mr. Durrani led two trainings for the CCTF members to discuss the operational modalities of the CCTF and the workplan prioritization.

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In the course of both missions Mr. Durrani also provided advisory support to the CCTF Secretariat on improving the CCTF activities.

“The latest rapid developments indicate that the Government of Tajikistan has deep interest in undertaking its commitments to the TFA obligations and facilitating trade in general. The history and experience show that this process has started much slower in other countries. The broad participation of private sector in this process proves the Government’s recognition of the importance of inclusivity and transparency”. Amer Durrani, ITC International Consultant on Trade Facilitation

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