This report provides an assessment of Bangladesh’s readiness for cross-border paperless trade, i.e., the conduct of international trade transactions on the basis of electronic data and documents – as opposed to paper-based data and documents. The assessment has been conducted by a team of international experts following the readiness checklist developed by the ESCAP Interim Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-Border Paperless Trade Facilitation, of which Bangladesh is a member. The team visited Bangladesh in April 2019 to conduct interviews with relevant government agencies and private sector stakeholders. A national consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade was co-organized by Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute and ESCAP on 21 July 2019, where preliminary findings from the visits were further reviewed, consolidated and validated. Final findings and recommendations incorporating input and suggestions received during and following the consultation are presented in this report. Based on these findings and recommendations, an initial action plan for moving towards cross-border paperless trade for Bangladesh has been prepared and is also presented in this report.
The complete set of Cross-Border Paperless Trade Readiness Assessment reports can be accessed here.