Trans-Caspian: CLDP Organizes Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation

April 4, 2017 - April 7, 2017

As part of the U.S. government’s objective to promote economic expansion and stability in Afghanistan and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan) region, CLDP has been supporting the implementation of regional working groups on Customs, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, and Standards. CLDP is organizing the Sixth Meeting of the Central Asia-Afghanistan Regional Expert Level Working Group on Customs Issues to take place in Odessa, Ukraine on April 4-7, 2017. The Meeting will further the Group’s objective of promoting a coordinated and collaborative approach to solving customs issues in the region in a timely manner, including by fostering increased knowledge of regional and international customs principles and practices. As previously recommended and requested by the Group, delegates will identify a specific list of topics and challenges with ongoing or immediate relevance to their work and to efforts at cross-border trade facilitation. CLDP, in turn, will provide experts who can address U.S. and international customs principles and practices applicable to the topics identified.  In addition, participants will further their work on the development of a legal, regulatory, and procedural matrix to centrally locate and communicate each country’s approach to establishing and testing Green Corridors. Conducting the meeting in Odessa, Ukraine, will allow for participation of Customs officials and experts from Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia to discuss, among other things, legal and procedural reforms undertaken and ongoing in their countries to further trade facilitation. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss customs issues relevant to inter-modal transport with officials from the Port of Odessa. The Group will develop recommendations and determinations aimed at improving the efficiency and predictability of customs procedures at border crossings and to provide at the national and regional levels.

 

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