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Promoting Participatory Approaches for Removing Regional Trade Barriers in South Asia (COENCOSA Phase II)

Partner: CUTS, IndiaThe Asia Foundation

Duration: September 2012 to July 2013


The study focused on customs-related and other procedural Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs), which constitute some significant part of the cost of doing trade within the region. According to some estimates, NTBs constitute more than 75% of cost of doing trade within South Asia. The study identifies and investigates such NTBs in Pakistan


  • To conduct a set of focused result and action oriented activities on certain customs related issues and other procedural NBTs hindering intra-regional trade in South Asia so as to ensure some tangible and incremental progress towards reducing cost of doing trade within the region
  • To generate better political buy-in for enhanced and improved intra-regional trade in South Asia by conducting some focused advocacy on customs-related and other procedural NBTs targeting some key stakeholder groups


  • Primary data collection
  • Drafting of Report on the subject
  • Dissemination of research findings and policy recommendations


  • South Asian governments should innovatively step up their efforts to remove trade barriers. The business associations and civil society organizations in the SAARC countries should continue to provide research inputs

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Dr. Humaira Ishfaq , Afsheen Naz , Mome Saleem