Kolkata, June 17, 2006

CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment, Jaipur along with UNDP Regional Centre in Colombo is organising the regional consultation of the project ‘Trade Facilitation Needs Assessment in South Asia’ on June 17, 2006 in Kolkata. Representatives from private sector and CSO from India, Nepal and Bangladesh will be present in the consultation programme. Among others, officials from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Colombo, West Bengal state government and representatives of exporters/importers will also be present in the consultation.

The draft research paper on the project ‘Trade facilitation Needs Assessment in South Asia’ written by Pranav Kumar would be presented in the consultation. The consultation will also provide opportunities to the stakeholders from Nepal and Bangladesh and India to discuss and express their views on different issues related to the trade facilitation in South Asia. The feedback and comments obtained from the consultation would be incorporated in finalising the research paper.