Trade Expansion through Regional Cooperation
- Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan (TPSAP) seeks to boost trade by helping countries take concrete steps to dismantle policy barriers and become World Trade Organization members
- Help government officials build skills and stay up-to-date on international best practices in trade policy
- Regional knowledge forums and joint monitoring of the implementation of the TPSAP help move CAREC toward its goals and targets
Workshop on Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for CAREC
Technical experts from agencies on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures attended the workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Participants also discussed proposed next steps for ensuring food, animal, and plant safety while facilitating trade expansion among CAREC countries. Read more
Trade is critical to all CAREC economies. As landlocked nations rich in natural and other resources the ability to efficiently interact with world markets is critical to achieve sustainable economic growth.
CAREC's Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan (TPSAP) seeks to achieve trade expansion through regional cooperation. The main goals are
- increasing trade openness to stimulate stronger growth and development, contributing to poverty reduction;
- helping all CAREC countries achieve World Trade Organization membership; and
- capacity building in the area of trade and trade policy.
The action plan aims to simplify and liberalize national trade regimes within a reasonable timeframe, improving the investment climate across Central Asia. Specific initiatives include uniformly applying value-added and excise taxes on domestically produced and imported goods, cutting tariffs, and eliminating quantitative restrictions on exports and imports.
The TPSAP 2013-2017 builds on and encompasses the agenda of the previous action plan, and expands the agenda into important areas for integrating CAREC countries into the world trading environment: (i) expanding trade in services; and (ii) reducing and rationalizing non-tariff measures, including the trade-impeding impact of sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade.
The action plan builds on a series of reports developed by the Trade Policy Coordinating Committee. These include
- Trade Taxes in CAREC Countries | РУССКИЙ
- Quantitative Restrictions on Trade | РУССКИЙ
- Cross-Border Trade within the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
- Afghanistan's Trade with CAREC Neighbors: Evidence from Surveys of Border Crossing Points in Hairatan and Sher Khan Bandar | РУССКИЙ
The WTO Accession Knowledge Sharing Program has been launched, jointly sponsored by ADB and the World Bank, to support trade liberalization. The first three WTO training seminars took place in March, May, and July 2012.
Monitored results in the institutional environment for trade show that many CAREC countries have achieved progress in recent years, but with considerable variations in institutional quality.
As policy actions and reforms in trade policy concentrate on building knowledge and capacity, CAREC is supporting greater openness and competition.
[Trade policy-related materials can be accessed at Senior Officials' Meetings and Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC) meetings.]