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Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Bangladesh

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  • Syed Saifuddin Hossain

    (Centre for Policy Dialogue  )

  • Uttam Deb
  • Muhammad Al Amin

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This paper focuses on the impact of IT on SMEs in order to reap the maximum possible benefits of global trade integration through effective trade performance. The overall objective of the study was to consider the implications of trade facilitation measures, particularly of IT for the SMEs in Bangladesh. It looks at the current SME scenario in Bangladesh and identifies the constraints that the sector faces in terms of trade facilitation. In doing so, a small-scale survey was conducted to examine the impact of automation initiatives in the Chittagong Customs House. The paper finally made some specific policy recommendations for mitigating the identified challenges and furthering the cause of SME internationalisation in Bangladesh.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Trade Working Papers with number 23058.

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Handle: RePEc:eab:tradew:23058

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  1. Norbert Wilson, 2007. "Examining the Trade Effect of Certain Customs and Administrative Procedures," OECD Trade Policy Papers 42, OECD Publishing.
  2. Debapriya Bhattacharya & Syen Saifuddin Hossain, 2006. "An Evaluation of the Need and Cost of Selected Trade Facilitation Measures in Bangladesh: Implications for the WTO Negotiations on Trade Facilitation," Working Papers, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada. 906, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
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  6. Evdokia Moïsé, 2005. "Trade Facilitation Reforms in the Service of Development: Country Case Studies," OECD Trade Policy Papers 12, OECD Publishing.
  7. Yann Duval, 2006. "Cost and Benefits of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures under Negotiations at the WTO: an Exploratory Survey," Working Papers, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada. 306, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
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