Regional Symposium on ‘Improving Trade Flows in and from South Asia: Overcoming Logistics Challenges’
Anushka Wijesinha, Research Officer, IPS, was a resource person at a Regional Symposium on ‘Improving Trade Flows in and from South Asia: Overcoming Logistics Challenges’ organized by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) and the Commonwealth Secretariat UK, held on 22nd June 2011, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Wijesinha made a presentation on “Trade Facilitation Issues in South Asia: Key Highlights” at the session on ‘Overview of Regional Trade Facilitation’ and was a discussant for the session on ‘Trade Facilitation Initiatives: Country Perspectives’. His presentation highlighted the weak standing of South Asian countries’ in this field, vis-a-vis other regions, and the need for South Asia to embark on a coordinated and committed effort at improving trade facilitation and logistics barriers in the region in order to enhance trade flows. The presentation also emphasized the need for robust Trade Facilitation Taskforces/Councils at the national level.
The Chief Guest at the Symposium was the Bangladesh Minister of Commerce, Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan, and the sessions were attended by researchers, government officials, private sector entrepreneurs and trade facilitation and logistics experts from South Asia.