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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
  • 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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  • Syed Saifuddin Hossain & Uttam Deb & Muhammad Al Amin, 2009. "Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Bangladesh," CPD Working Paper 84, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
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    1. Syed Saifuddin Hossain & Md. Tariqur Rahman, 2011. "Facilitating Trade through Simplification of Trade Processes and Procedures in Bangladesh," ARTNeT Working Papers 93, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
    2. Florian A. Alburo, 2010. "The Development Impact of Information Technology in Trade Facilitation," ARTNeT Working Papers 78, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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    IT in Bangladesh; trade facilitation; SME in Bangladesh;
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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade

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