Impact of Trade Facilitation on Export Competitiveness: A Regional Perspective

United Nations Publications
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This study is aimed to identify the major issues Asian developing countries must address to enhance export competitiveness through trade facilitation. The paper is composed of four parts. Part 1 examines the definition and scope of trade facilitation; part 2 presents the concept of export competitiveness and relevant indices; part 3 discusses the role of trade facilitation in enhancing export competitiveness; and part 4 identifies the major issues that developing countries in Asia should address in terms of trade facilitation to enhance export competitiveness and provides some policy recommendations.
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Publisher
United Nations Publications
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Published on
Dec 31, 2009
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Pages
165
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ISBN
9789211205756
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / International Relations / General
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