The two-day event featured panel discussions with national experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan who explained their research findings and insights on obstacles to regional trade flows.
Over the past 12 months, the International Trade Centre (ITC), in close coordination with local partners, mapped and prioritized the main obstacles to trade faced by businesses on trade flows for products such as vegetable oils, flours, dairy, beans, dried fruit, juice, and fresh produce within Central Asia and to the European Union.
These efforts culminated in meetings with private sector and public sector representatives in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan to review and validate the findings.
The findings showed that there were several common obstacles to trade which varied in extent among the countries:
After the presented research, plenary discussions with representatives from the four countries were held. These discussions gave the representatives the opportunity to ask questions, share national best practices, discuss root causes, and generate ideas on how the R4TCA project could contribute to creating a more conducive trade environment in Central Asia and towards the EU.
Kyrgyzstan is one of the five beneficiary countries of the Ready4Trade project, funded by the EU for a total amount of 15 Million euros, and implemented by ITC. More information: intracen.org/ready4trade/
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