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

  • Syed Saifuddin Hossain
  • Uttam Deb
  • Muhammad Al Amin

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 Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in its series CPD Working Paper with number 84.

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Length: 64 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:pdb:opaper:84
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  1. Wilson, John S. & Mann, Catherine L. & Otsuki, Tsunehiro, 2004. "Assessing the potential benefit of trade facilitation : A global perspective," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3224, The World Bank.
  2. Yann Duval, 2006. "Cost and Benefits of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures under Negotiations at the WTO: an Exploratory Survey," Working Papers 306, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  3. Evdokia Moïsé, 2005. "Trade Facilitation Reforms in the Service of Development: Country Case Studies," OECD Trade Policy Papers 12, OECD Publishing.
  4. Yann Duval, 2008. "Trade Facilitation beyond the Doha round of negotiations," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT, in: Trade Facilitation Beyond the Multilateral Trade Negotiations: Regional Practices, Customs, Valuation and Other Emerging Issues, pages 1-25 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  5. Biman Chand Prasad, 2006. "Trade Facilitation Needs and Customs Valuation in Fiji," Working Papers 2406, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  6. 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 906, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  7. Norbert Wilson, 2007. "Examining the Trade Effect of Certain Customs and Administrative Procedures," OECD Trade Policy Papers 42, OECD Publishing.
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