Thus, a technical assistance mission on trade facilitation started in Ashgabat on April 25, 2017 within the framework of Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA), funded by the European Union. International and local experts discussed Turkmenistan’s current trade and customs procedures applied in the country, its compliance with WTO trade facilitation agreement and elaborate recommendations for further measures to be applied in this direction.
This BOMCA activity aims at advisory assistance to the Central Asia countries in assessing their trade facilitation measures. In Turkmenistan case, the focus is given to support capacities on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), by means of comparative analysis of the national legislation and TFA provisions.
During bilateral meetings and workshops, both international and local experts reviewed the existing legal framework and appropriate administrative arrangements applied in Turkmenistan. Based on findings, discussions and exchange of views with national experts, a Comparative Analysis Report will be developed on the trade facilitation measures applied in Turkmenistan and their compatibility with the WTO TFA provisions. This document will serve as the guidelines for advancing trade facilitation actions, which would foster future economic growth and prosperity of the country, increase the attractiveness of the country for foreign investment, accelerate its integration in the world economy.
The first BOMCA operations in Central Asia began in 2003 and, since then, BOMCA has strengthened the partnership between Central Asian Governments in the field of border management. The European Union allocated a sum of EUR 40,8 million to BOMCA for the period of 2003 – 2018, out of which almost EUR 5 million were assigned to its 9th implementation phase (2015 - 2018).