Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia: Sri Lanka & Maldives case studies

Progressive reduction of tariffs and other trade barriers has increased the attention of both firms and countries on reducing constraints that delay transactions at and behind national borders, and increasing efficiency of supply chains and associated logistics costs. Studies show that trade facilitation reforms in South Asia would result in higher intra-regional trade as well as trade with other regions. The main objectives of this study were to, (i) identify trade and transport related bottlenecks Sri Lanka faces in trading with South Asian countries and (ii) identify trade facilitation reforms and their prioritization. IPS also conducted the Maldives Country Study as a part of regional initiative of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE), Nepal

Research team

Janaka Wijayasiri
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Suwendrani Jayaratne
Dharshani Premaratne


Country study as a part of a regional study funded by AusAID

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