Eleventh meeting of the Coordinating Committee on Facilitation of Trade Procedures (CCFTP) and the fifth meeting of the Steering Committee of the "Regional Economic Cooperation in Central Asia on Improving the Activities of Border Agencies" Project
COVID-19 AND AGRICULTURE: A STORY OF RESILIENCE
• The COVID-19 outbreak and its rapid spread caught many governments and agricultural producers by surprise, prompting immediate policy responses by WTO members. Many of the initial measures were expected to impact negatively on the agricultural sector. But agriculture has in fact shown resilience, with a trade performance that has fared better than other sectors.
• The initial response measures were aimed at addressing members most urgent concerns: containing the virus to save lives, and ensuring food security at home. In addition to lockdowns, these measures included policies that both facilitated and restricted agriculture trade: new sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and tariff reductions, as well as export restrictions. There was also an increase in stockpiling. Agricultural trade flows changed significantly, due notably to a sudden change in consumption patterns triggered by the measures put in place.
• Initial measures focused on guaranteeing the immediate availability of food, have been followed by a second phase of policies seeking to mend broken supply chains and to help agricultural producers to cope with the “new normal” situation. While many governments have gradually relaxed lockdown measures, removed several export restrictions, and introduced domestic support measures to support the agricultural sector, the pandemic continues to spread in different parts of the world and is expected to continue to influence the demand for and supply of agricultural products.
• Trade in agricultural products has been more resilient than overall trade. This reflects the essential nature of food and the resulting relative income-inelasticity of demand for it, as well as the fact that most agricultural trade (notably cereals and oilseeds) takes place in bulk marine shipments that have not been subject to major disruptions. While overall merchandise trade fell sharply in the first half of 2020, agricultural and food exports increased by 2.5 per cent during the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2019, with an increase of 3.3 per cent in March, followed by a 0.6 per cent increase in April, although the preliminary data for May indicate a small decrease (-1.3 per cent) compared to 2019.
• This overall picture conceals the fact that demand for certain agricultural products (e.g. non- food agricultural products such raw fur skins, wool or flowers) dropped dramatically, while increasing for others (e.g., staple food, processed fruits and vegetables) reflecting initial panic buying and increased home-based consumption. In April 2020, exports dropped also for several food products, notably for higher-value products, such as fresh produce, dairy and meat, which are generally more dependent on sales to restaurants, schools and the tourism sector than to households. In addition, high-value perishable products transported by air were hit harder by the sudden collapse in air passenger traffic, which diminished air freight capacity and raised costs.
• Impacts have varied across regions. Asia saw its agricultural exports decline in March 2020, followed by Europe and North America in April. But some regions have seen exports increase compared to the same period in 2019, with the biggest increases in South America, driven by Asian demand for the region’s exports of products such as soybeans, sugar and meat.
• Food prices were already on a downward trend at the beginning of 2020. The COVID-19 crisis exerted further downward pressure on prices, and therefore on producer revenues. Although June saw the first increase in world food prices since the beginning of 2020, prices are expected to remain at low levels amid the economic downturn.
• While world food stocks and production levels for the most widely consumed staples – rice, wheat and maize – are at or near all-time highs, and lower prices in principle make food more affordable, the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on jobs and incomes has increased the number of hungry people. According to the World Food Programme’s most recent estimates, 270 million people could be acutely food-insecure by the end of 2020, representing an 82 per cent increase from before the pandemic. Producing and storing enough food is not sufficient if it does not reach those in need. By contributing to the availability and affordability of food, trade remains a crucial part of the solution to countries’ food security concerns – particularly at a moment when people’s incomes are under pressure. It is therefore critical to keep trade flows open, and to ensure that food supply chains stay operational.
1. TRENDS IN AGRICULTURAL MARKETS AND TRADE
Trade in food and agricultural products has been more resilient than trade in other products. Trade in agricultural products (Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) definition, value terms) even increased in March and April 2020 (by 3.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent, respectively) compared to the same period in 2019 (see Figure 1). Trade in agricultural products has been more resilient than trade in other products owing to several factors including, in particular, the relative income inelasticity of demand for food (given that food products are essential for survival) and the fact that most agricultural trade (notably cereals and oilseeds) takes place in bulk marine shipments that require less human interaction and have not been heavily disrupted by pandemic-related transport restrictions.
While total exports increased for many food products, other products saw their exports decrease, with the sharpest drop in exports for non-edible agricultural products (such as raw fur skins, wool, raw hides and skins, vegetable textile fibres, essential oils, live trees and other plants, and flowers). The agricultural products that registered increased exports in March included cereals, some meat products, edible nuts, oilseeds and oleaginous fruits, and fruits (fresh and dried). In April, however, exports of agricultural products dropped for most product groups with the notable exception of oil seeds and oleaginous fruits. The preliminary data for May 2020 seem to confirm the same trend, recording lower levels than in April 2019, with the exception again being oil seeds and oleaginous fruits.
The initial increase in exports for many food products, notably in March 2020, reflects in large part the rise in demand for retail products, representing the shift in consumption patterns away from restaurants and other public eateries and towards people’s homes. In addition to initial panic-buying by consumers, many governments have revived or increased stockpiling programmes (increasing demand notably for cereals) or have stepped in to procure unsold produce for distribution to populations in need. In April, total agricultural exports remained at a similar level to that of the previous year; however, exports of several individual product groups decreased as a result of reduced demand triggered by lockdown measures. The food products for which trade performance has suffered the most since the outbreak of COVID-19 are those that are most sensitive to transportation disturbances (particularly those requiring airfreight and containers) and/or those for which demand has fallen as a result of confinement measures and the economic crisis (such as high- value perishable products).
Cotton is monitored closely at the WTO, given its importance to some of the poorest countries in the world. Cotton exports have dropped significantly since the beginning of the year due to declining
WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
WTO members narrowed the field of candidates to be the next Director-General as General Council Chair David Walker of New Zealand and his co-facilitators in the selection process disclosed today (8 October) the two candidates advancing to the third and final round of consultations which will determine the successor to Roberto Azevêdo.
WTO members narrow field of DG candidates
General Council Chair David Walker (centre) accompanied by his two co-facilitators in the DG selection process, Amb. Dacio Castillo of Honduras (right) and Amb. Harald Aspelund of Iceland (left), on their way to a Heads of Delegation meeting where Amb. Walker announced the outcome of their second round of consultations with members.
Director-General selection process
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From 24 September to 6 October, WTO members expressed preferences on five remaining candidates during consultations with Amb. Walker, Amb. Dacio Castillo of Honduras and Amb. Harald Aspelund of Iceland.
Based on the depth and breadth of preferences articulated to the facilitators, Amb. Walker told a Heads of Delegation meeting on 8 October that the two candidates who secured the broadest and deepest support from the membership and who should subsequently advance to the final round are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea.
The result creates an historic precedent for the WTO in that it assures that the 7th Director-General will become the first woman to lead the organization. These two candidates were chosen from a field of five(*) that had advanced to the second round of consultations.
As the members move to the final round of consultations, Amb. Walker emphasized, as he has at every stage, that the ultimate objective of this measured and clearly defined selection process is to secure a consensus decision by members on the next Director-General.
“Our aim continues to be to encourage and facilitate the building of consensus among members, and to assist in moving from this final slate of two candidates to a decision on appointment. As this is the final round of the consultation process, it should bring us to the point where we can make a recommendation to the General Council concerning that decision,” Amb. Walker added.
The General Council is the highest decision-making body of the WTO apart from the Ministerial Conference which meets every two years.
“As was the case for the first round, the entire membership remained fully engaged in and committed to this process. The facilitators and I are grateful for this very positive response. It is clear that all members attach great importance to this process,” Amb. Walker said.
The General Council Chair had warm words for those candidates who will not be progressing to the third round.
“On behalf of the entire membership, I would like to express deep gratitude for their participation in this selection process. It was clear that members consider them individuals of outstanding qualifications. I am sure you will all agree with us that in participating in the selection process, the candidates have all made a significant contribution to the standing and image of the WTO,” Amb. Walker said.
During the confidential consultations Amb. Walker of New Zealand, Amb. Castillo, chair of the Dispute Settlement Body, and Amb. Aspelund, chair of the Trade Policy Review Body, posed to each delegation a single question: “What are your preferences?” Members then submitted two preferences to the “troika” of ambassadors.
Amb. Walker said the third phase of consultations will commence on 19 October and run until 27 Octoberto afford members sufficient time to prepare their positions. Another factor in waiting a week for stage three to begin is the busy calendar of meetings next week, including a scheduled two-day session of the General Council, which Amb. Walker will chair. Amb. Walker's full statement is available here.
“During this period, WTO members will be asked in confidential consultation to express to the facilitators a single preference and based on these preferences, the troika will deliver their assessment on which of the two candidates is most likely to command a consensus of the membership and become the seventh Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Following this third round of consultations, Amb. Walker will call another Heads of Delegations meeting at which the results will be announced to the WTO membership.
Amb. Walker would then call a formal General Council and present the troika's recommendation to the membership for a formal decision.”
The General Council agreed on 31 July that there would be three stages of consultations held over a two-month period commencing 7 September. As agreed, during these two months the number of candidates has been reduced from eight to five and then two. In trimming the roster of candidates from five to two, WTO members have concluded the second of these consultative stages.
The consultation process taken by the facilitators has been set by guidelines established by the General Council in a 2002 decision. According to these guidelines, the key consideration in determining which candidate is best poised to achieve consensus is the “breadth of support” each candidate receives from the members.
During the DG selection processes of 2005 and 2013, breadth of support was defined as “the distribution of preferences across geographic regions and among the categories of members generally recognized in WTO provisions: that is (least developed countries), developing countries and developed countries.” The Chair said he and his colleagues were guided by the practices established in these General Council proceedings and he further explained that the decisions made clear that “breadth of support means the larger membership”.
The process for selecting a new Director-General was triggered on 14 May when former Director-General, Mr Azevêdo, informed WTO members he would be stepping down from his post one year before the expiry of his mandate. He subsequently left office on 31 August. Amb. Walker immediately proceeded with the procedures for the appointment of the Director-General that were agreed under the 2002 guidelines. These guidelines require the General Council Chair to begin consultations with members on DG selection as soon as possible and “may establish expedited deadlines as necessary in consultation with Members”.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria; H.E. Yoo Myung-hee of Korea; Amb. Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya; Mr Mohammed Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Dr Liam Fox of the United Kingdom
Videoconference between the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tatarstan, Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin, and the Representative of the Department for Trade and Economic Affairs of the Embassy of the PRC in the Republic of Tajikistan,
In pursuance of the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, on July 22, 2020, a videoconference was held between the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin, and the Representative of the Department for Trade and Economic Affairs of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Sun Yan.
During the meeting, a number of important issues were discussed, namely the dispatch of Chinese specialists to ensure the smooth operation of joint ventures, the construction and reconstruction of infrastructure projects in the transport, energy and social sectors, as well as the resumption of the work of the Tajik-Chinese Mining Company located in p. Zarnisor, Guliston, Sughd region.
At the same time, the Minister of Economic Development and Trade asked for assistance in simplifying the procedure for the transfer of goods in the Kulm border area by trailing containers, as well as assistance in completing the construction work of the Kulob-Sh.Shohin and Shkev-Qalayum sections project by the 30th day anniversary of the Independence Day Tajikistan.
The Chinese side announced that in August this year it will send 250 Chinese specialists to the Republic of Tajikistan, of which 150 specialists will be employed for the construction of the "New Parliament building and the complex of buildings for the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan" and the reconstruction of the Bokhtar-Kulyab intercity roads, including the Kulyab-Muminabad section and 100 Chinese specialists. for other projects in various fields.
The Chinese side expressed its readiness to cooperate and comprehensively provide technical assistance regarding these proposals.
The trilateral grant agreement is worth 18.6 million euros for the construction of the Sebzor HPP signed by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade
In order to fulfill the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Commission of Tajikistan with the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Swiss Confederation attracted 55.2 million US dollars for the construction of the Sebzor HPP and its energy infrastructure in the Roshkala region of GBAO with a capacity of 11 MW.
July 22, 2020 Minister of Economic Development and Trade Zavqizoda Z.A. signed a trilateral grant agreement with the German Development Bank for the construction of the Sebzor HPP in the amount of 18.6 million euros, which is a grant provided by the European Union.
It should be recalled that on August 2, 2019, an Agreement on Financial Cooperation was signed between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, according to which Germany provided a grant of 17 million euros for the construction of the Sebzor HPP.
Also on December 2, 2019, between the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Government of the Swiss Confederation to finance the construction of a 110 kV power transmission line "Sebzor-Khorog", an open switchgear 110 kV, measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, a grant agreement was signed in the amount of $ 9.55 million. USA
At the same time, the World Bank provided a grant of US $ 1.9 million to prepare a feasibility study for the 110 kV power transmission line Khorog-Ishkashim and US $ 3 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to conduct the necessary research and increase the capacity of Pamir Energy OJSC.
It should also be noted that an Agreement was signed on the allocation of funds to Tajikistan in the amount of 1 million euros to cover the needs of the republic in the fight against the new coronavirus COVID-19 from the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Development Bank - KfW.
As part of this ceremony, a grant agreement of 1 million euros was also signed for medical assistance, including registration of the disease and training of medical personnel to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Videoconference between the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Liu Bi
In pursuance of the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, on July 14, 2020, a video conference was held between the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Liu Bin.
Various issues of trade and economic cooperation were discussed at the meeting, including the issue of mobilizing specialists from the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Tajikistan to ensure the direct work of joint ventures and the construction and reconstruction of infrastructure projects in the field of transport, energy and social significance, as well as a new parliament building. and the Government complex of the Republic of Tajikistan.
At the same time, the parties put forward proposals to hold the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission between Tajikistan and China, to create industrial enterprises in the Free Economic Zones of Tajikistan, to increase the export of fresh and dried fruits to Chinese markets, to develop the digital economy, and the issue of granting reliefs was also well received. on servicing public debt in connection with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic in the countries of the world.
The Chinese side expressed its readiness to cooperate and comprehensively provide technical assistance regarding these proposals.
Meeting of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Zavqizod Zavqi Amin, with the UN Resident Representative in Tajikistan, Ms. Pratibha Mehta
On July 16, 2020, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin met with the UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan Ms. Pratibha Mehta.
The meeting discussed the implementation of a set of measures of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan to prevent or reduce the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and further cooperation with development partners, in particular the UN Development Program, the results of the Medium-Term Development Program for 2016-2020. They discussed the medium-term development of the Republic of Tajikistan for 2021-2025 and the draft "State Program for the Development of Export of the Republic of Tajikistan for 2021-2025", the process of improving the system of modeling and macroeconomic forecasting.
The 10th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on Facilitation of Trade Procedures
On March 31, 2020, with participation of representatives of ministries, agencies, private sector and international organizations, the 10th meeting of the Coordination Committee on Facilitation of Trade Procedures (CCFTP) was held.
The Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Mr. Abdurahmonzoda Abdurahmon Safarali, chairing the meeting, noted that the main purpose of the 10th meeting of the CCFTP is timely and high-quality implementation of the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Emomali Rakhmon, who in his annual address to the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan instructed relevant departments to expedite the implementation of Single Window on export, import and transit procedures.
During the meeting, issues on the CCFPT action plan for 2020, the implementation process and the using guideline of the Single Window on export, import and transit procedures in the Republic of Tajikistan were discussed.
At the meeting, a free dialogue was held between representatives of public and private sectors, which would positively contribute to the implementation of strategic documents and the country's sustainable economic development.
At the end of the meeting were given relevant instructions to the responsible bodies to solve existing difficulties and protocol of the meeting was provided to the Members of the CCFTP.
The fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the regional project "Central Asian regional economic cooperation on improvement of activities of the border agencies"
Today, the fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the regional project “Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation on Improvement of Activities of the Border Agencies” was held at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade in order to fulfill the instructions of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H. E. Emomali Rahmon on acceleration of work to implement the Single Window on export, import and transit procedures in the Republic of Tajikistan.
Meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mr. Abdurahmonzoda Abdurahmon Safarali with the participation of representatives of ministries and agencies, international consulting and software companies of the project and the private sector.
During the meeting, issues related to the implementation of the Single Window on export, import and transit procedures in the Republic of Tajikistan, the process of implementation of the Roadmap of the Steering Committee of the regional project “Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation on Improvement of Activities of the Border Agencies”, as well as existing problems during its implementation were discussed.
In accordance with the agenda of the meeting, the issues of assignment of project funds, provision of computer and software equipment to the ministries and agencies that are automated in the system and other issues were discussed.In addition, specific instructions were given to the responsible ministries and contractors of the project at the scheduled time.
At the end of the meeting, appropriate decisions were made, which will be provided to the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for further instructions.
Celebration of Mother's Day at the Ministry
Celebration of the Mother's Day was conducted at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade today with the participation of the Minister, Deputy ministers and employees of the ministry and its subdivisions.
The meeting was opened by welcoming speech of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade - Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin and noted that with the initiative of the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon officially celebrating Mother's Day in the country is a clear evidence of the high status of women in our society.
The Minister also noted the significant contribution of women to all aspects of life, including the socio-economic development of the country , and noted: "We are proud to say that today a Tajik woman is a professional leader, educated teacher, qualified doctor, successful entrepreneur and of course a kind instructor and mentor."
At the end of the meeting, women were awarded with valuable prizes, and some of them received certificates.
The Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held a meeting with the newly appointed government officials and officials of the General Prosecutor's Office, Security Council and Ministry of Defense as well as that of the Agency for Financial State Control and Combating Corruption.
During the conversation, the head of state called on the newly appointed officials to serve honestly and faithfully for the benefit of the people, the homeland and the state.
"The biggest security threats and challenges facing the world, in particular terrorism, extremism and its various forms, anti-human actions and violations of security and stability of people demands that every citizen be vigilant and loyal to the homeland, the sacred land of our ancestors and the glorious people of Tajikistan”, said President Rahmon.
By the presidential executive orders, Mahmadzoda Nasrullo who has served as the Prosecutor of Khatlon will now serve as the Secretary of the Security Council, replacing Vatanzoda Mahmadali. Vatanzoda Mahmadali has been transferred to another job.
Rajabzoda Husniya, who has served as First Deputy Chairman of Murghob district of GBAO will now serve as the Chairman of Murghob district of GBAO, replacing Choshbaev Murzabay. Choshbaev Murzabay has been relieved of his position due to having reached the retirement age. Murzamat Abdulkayum has been appointed to the post of First Deputy Chairman of Murghob district of the GBAO.
Likewise, by presidential executive orders, Saidzoda Shohin has been appointed Director of the Education Management Agency under the President of Tajikistan, and Idizoda Fayzali to the post of head of the Presidential Executive office's Science and Education Department.
By governmental decrees, Abdurahmonzoda Abdurahmon will be serving as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Bobozoda Khisrav - Deputy Minister of Defense, Khojazoda Tohir - Rector of the Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University, Azizzoda Hafiz - Chief of the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense and Abdullozoda Umeda - Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under Government of Tajikistan.
Prosecutors of Khatlon and Sughd Provinces, Chiefs of structural unit of the Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence, heads of departments of the Agency for Financial State Control and Combating Corruption in Dushanbe, GBAO and Sughd Provinces and its central office have also been appointed.
Director General of the World Trade Organization has ranked Republic of Tajikistan as an important initiator in the multilateral trade system
Roberto Azevedo –Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ranked Republic of Tajikistan as an important initiator in the multilateral trade system and congratulated Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin on his appointment as the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
It was noted that Republic of Tajikistan has contributed to a number of WTO activities including trade facilitation, investments and dispute settlement, that have positive effect to the Sustainable development goals of WTO Member states.
Furthermore, Roberto Azevedo noted the need for participation of the Tajikistan’s delegation in revision of the issues in the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference,which will be held in June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
In the end, the WTO Director General wished the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan success in his important and responsible work and emphasized the development of the mutually beneficial cooperation with the Republic of Tajikistan.
Signing of the Agreement on Simplification of Trade Procedures between the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
The signing ceremony of the Agreement on the Simplification of Trade Procedures between the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) took place on February 19, 2020 at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade with the participation of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin and Director of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) Sabina Althof in the framework of the Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, which was signed in Berlin on March 27, 2003.
The Agreement was signed by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Director of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The agreement is aimed at streamlining trade and transit procedures, improving the border management system, piloting and innovating activities to simplify trade procedures, as well as involving the private sector in decision-making regarding simplification of trade procedures.
It should be noted that the Agreement is of regional significance and its total value is 7 million Euros and covers four Central Asian countries, including the Republic of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
The project on simplification of trade procedures in Tajikistan will be implemented after signing the Agreement between the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) for 3 years, 2020-2023.
Tajikistan Trade Portal is recognized as the best example of 2019 in the publications of international organizations
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development published the results of an assessment of trade and investment in Asia and the Pacific in 2019, where the Tajikistan Trade Portal was recognized as the best model and important achievement among the countries of the region.
The Tajikistan Trade Portal which was developed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and International Trade Centre with financial support of the Government of Switzerland and other development partners, namely the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the United Nations Development Programme and publicly introduced on 26 April 2019 was highly ranked by the publication and described as an exemplary platform for reducing time and costs of export, import and transit, as well as making the non-tarrif measures simplified and transparent.
The experts of these organizations consider the importance of private sector’s participation in the development of Tajikistan Trade Portal and assess the public-private partnership as one of the key areas for sustainable economic development.
Currently, the Portal provides information on export, import and transit procedures of 51 groups of goods, including more than 1,500 goods, 19 export procedures, 30 import procedures and 2 transit procedures.
Tajikistan Trade Portal also contains statistic information on export opportunities of the country, trading partner countries and other legal documents regulating foreign trade activity.
Tajikistan's position on trade initiatives of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were presented in the 8th China Round Table
On 4-6 December 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation during the "8th China Round Table" the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin presented Tajikistan’s position on “Joint initiatives and accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO)” as a commentator of the event.
During the event the issues related to accession to the WTO, joint member initiatives on trade policy, economic integration and preparation for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, which is scheduled in June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan were discussed.
In the framework of this event Mr. Zavqizoda Z.A. had bilateral meetings with the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Mr. Maksim Oreshkin and Deputy General Director of the WTO Mr. Alan Wolff and discussed the issues of economic and trade development.
The China Round Table organized annually by initiative of the Government of the People's Republic of China, the WTO Secretariat and one of the member country of this Organization.
It should be noted, that on June 1-5, 2015 the Republic of Tajikistan hosted the "Third China Round Table".
The 9th meeting of the Coordinating Committee on Facilitation of Trade Procedures was conducted
On 3 December 2019 with participation of representatives of ministries, agencies, private sector and international organizations, the 9th meeting of the Coordination Committee on Facilitation of Trade Procedures (CCFTP) was held. The meeting was conducted under the leadership of the First Deputy Head of Customs Services Tursunzoda Azim Haydar – the Deputy of the CCFTP’s Chairperson.
Within the framework of the meeting, issues related to the implementation of CCFTP protocol instructions, the action plan of the Committee for 2020 and the challenges of the private sector were discussed.
It was noted that noted that the Founder of Peace and National Unity - Leader of the Nation, President of the Republic of Tajikistan H. E. Emomali Rahmon during his annual address to the Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as at the meetings of the Government of the country, gives special instructions to the relevant departments to resolve issues of providing favorable conditions for domestic entrepreneurs, development of domestic and foreign trade by taking necessary measures to remove barriers to trade and services.
In addition the representatives of the private sector made presentations and their challenges were revised by the representatives of the public sector.
It should be noted that on the basis of the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, in order to enhance dialogue between the private and public sectors, as well as to solve the problems of the business community, 4 CCFTP meetings are held annually.
The Republic of Tajikistan has requested financing from 3 launched regional projects of EU in Nur-Sultan
On 27-29 November 2019 in Nur-Sultan City of the Republic of Kazakhstan the official delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan headed by the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mr. Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin participated in the Conference «On Enhanced Integration for Prosperity in Central Asia» which was held in the framework of the European Union’s Strategy for Central Asia.
European Union together with the Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development, European Council and International Trade Center announced the official launching of 3 new projects on trade facilitation, investment and economic development and rule of law with the total budget of 28 million Euros.
The delegation of the Republic of Tajikistan presented the achievements of the country in provision of macroeconomic sustainability and trade facilitation and for using the finance from the mentioned projects provided some requests.
Sides expressed their readiness to resolve the issues on removing technical barriers and development of trade between Central Asian countries on national and regional levels.
Some of the International Financial Organizations ranked the results of the Republic of Tajikistan’s trade facilitation as a successful experience in their presentations.
The 14th meeting of the Working Group on Trade of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) has been conducted under the leadership of the Republic of Tajikistan
On November 19, 2019, the 14th meeting of the of the Working Group on Trade of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, under the leadership of the First Deputy Economic Development and Trade of Zavqizoda Zavqi Amin.
It should be noted that over the past years, the Republic of Tajikistan headed the SPECA Working Group on Trade and during the meeting issues of the SPECA Regional Strategy on trade facilitation, regional cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals, activities of the national committees on trade facilitation, Single Window, as well as non-tariff measures in trade were discussed.
Zavqizoda Z. A. provided information on the achievements of the Republic of Tajikistan in international trade, including the country's participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO), facilitation of trade procedures, export development, acceleration of the process of diversification of export-oriented products, and noted that not all of the existing opportunities are being used between SPECA member countries.
Furthermore, on 20-21 November 2019 the High Level Economic Forum of SPECA 2019 and the Council of Heads of SPECA was held, during which the delegation of Tajikistan in order to protect economic interests of country introduced its achievements and current opportunities and with the aim of further development of economic cooperation a number of strategic documents including SPECA National Strategy for Trade Facilitation, sustainable trade principles and elimination of non-tariff barriers to trade were proposed to the SPECA members. These documents were adopted by the Council of Heads of SPECA.
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