Nepal: Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism National Validation Workshop
The Nepal Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), held a National Validation Workshop on 28-29 July 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal, to present to stakeholders preliminary study results and findings from studies conducted under the Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanisms (TTFMM) in Nepal.
- Reviewed trade processes of (i) export of carpet from Nepal to a third country along the Kathmandu-Birgunj-Kolkata trade route, (ii) import of wool to Nepal from a third country along the Kolkata-Birgunj-Kathmandu trade route, and (iii) import of fabric to Nepal from Bangladesh along the Kakarbhitta-Phulbari-Kakarbhitta-Kathmandu trade routes. Use-case diagrams, activity diagrams and process descriptions were presented for discussion;
- Provided updates on the current status of time release studies (TRS) in Nepal—the National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee (NTTFC) identified TRS as an essential component of TTFMM baseline study in 2014;
- Presented results from the time-cost-distance/corridor performance measurement and monitoring; and
- Discussed key bottlenecks in trade facilitation.
Mr. Naindra Prasad Upadhaya, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Nepal delivered the opening remarks, where he emphasized the importance of TTFMM in enhancing trade facilitation in Nepal, and in implementing the SASEC trade facilitation strategy and the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement. More than 30 participants from the Government and private sector attended the Workshop, including members of Nepal's NTTFC.
The TTFMM is an integrated monitoring system that tracks the progress of transport and trade facilitation in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal to optimize trade and transport processes. The scope of the baseline studies of TTFMM were decided through a series of regional and national training workshops held in November 2013 (Bangkok, Thailand), in March 2014 (Phuentsholing, Bhutan), and in April 2014 (Dhulikhel, Nepal, and Dhaka, Bangladesh). Since 2014, ADB and UNESCAP have been supporting Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal in establishing sustainable TTFMM, in close collaboration with the relevant national trade facilitation committees and/or lead agencies.
The TTFMM is part of the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategy 2014-2018.