Web based trade in­for­ma­tion por­tal to be de­vel­oped

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As one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the SASEC Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Pro­gram ( STFP) im­ple­mented with funds from the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank ( ADB), the Depart­ment of Trade un­der the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Affairs pro­posed to de­velop a web based Trade In­for­ma­tion Por­tal ( TIP). The pro­gram is in­tended to serve as a sin­gle- stop point for all in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to im­port and ex­port in­clud­ing tran­sit, and as­sist traders in ob­tain­ing rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion on rules and reg­u­la­tions of each govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion for ex­port and im­port. Set­ting up of trade in­for­ma­tion por­tal is also aimed to fa­cil­i­tate trade and im- prove trans­parency. The pro­posal was ap­proved by ADB but with sug­ges­tion that a fea­si­bil­ity study on trade por­tal should be con­ducted first fol­low­ing which the de­vel­op­ment of the por­tal would be pur­sued as per the rec­om­men­da­tions of the study that would sub­se­quently be dis­cussed and fi­nal­ized with the stake­hold­ers.

But be­fore the kick­start of the pro­ject, the Depart­ment re­al­ized the need to cre­ate aware­ness on trade in­for­ma­tion por­tal par­tic­u­larly for the peo­ple who would be in­volved in the pro­ject. The Depart­ment of Trade with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from ADB, there­fore, or­ga­nized Bhutan Trade In­for­ma­tion Por­tal Work­shop from 21- 22 Jan­uary at Ho­tel Druk, Phuentshol­ing .

The main ob­jec­tives was to raise aware­ness of and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing on Trade In­for­ma­tion Por­tal for the pro­ject team of the Depart­ment and par­tic­i­pants from rel­e­vant OGAs, in­clud­ing NTTFC Sec­re­tar­iat and traders in the pri­vate sec­tor, to dis­cuss the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion on trade in­for­ma­tion and the re­quire­ment of such a por­tal to ex­pand and fa­cil­i­tate trade, to draw broad pa­ram­e­ters for in­for­ma­tion re­lated to trade and tran­sit that may be in­cor­po­rated into the por­tal, with stake­hold­ers’ rec­om­men­da­tions so as to strengthen the pro­posed TIP’s rel­e­vance, va­lid­ity, func­tion­al­ity and long- term sus­tain- abil­ity, to pro­vide a com­mon plat­form for and so­licit co­op­er­a­tion and com­mit­ments from stake­hold­ers for suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment of the TIP , to ex­am­ine link­ages be­tween the TIP and RAMIS, and be­tween TIP and a pos­si­ble na­tional sin­gle win­dow ( NSW) in the fu­ture , to learn and get ex­posed to in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices from other coun­tries’ TIPs within the re­gions and de­vel­oped coun­tries , to un­der­stand im­por­tant aspects of TIP poli­cies, by­laws, reg­u­la­tions and agree­ments and to in­tro­duce the con­sul­tants to stake­hold­ers.

The par­tic­i­pants of the work­shop are from all rel­e­vant govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate sec­tor. There are about 39 par­tic­i­pants in the work­shop.

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