November 2013 - November 2017
Ministry of Economy, State Customs Services under Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyz Republic
Through the Afghanistan Trade and Revenue (ATAR) Project, USAID assists Kyrgyz Customs, Ministry of Economy, as well as business accociations, freightforwarder unions, customs brokers and other private sector representatives by supporting pro-trade reforms and efforts for increased regional cooperation.
Activity Major Focus Areas
Increasing trade, investment, and economic cooperation among countries in Central Asia and South Asia is critical for regional economic development, stability, and security. The region includes, and is surrounded by, countries of various degrees of transit and transport efficiency and risk. Although most of the Project resources are focused on assistance to Afghanistan, ATAR plans to operate in four Central Asian countries (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) to support each country’s objectives to advance regional integration and trade.
In Kyrgyzstan, ATAR is providing technical assistance to improve trade and transit facilitation under a variety of mechanisms including bilateral and/or regional trade, transit, transport agreements as well as membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). ATAR will also focus on improving the capacity of the private sector to identify and orient business to regional opportunities, develop a voice on a regional scale, and advocate for regional trade enhancing policies. In addition, ATAR will work regionally to build business linkages via B2B events, trade fairs, and exhibitions to improve awareness and networking within the business communities of the region.
Current Key Activities in Kyrgyzstan
• WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement compliance assessment;
• Development of Comprehensive Integrated Tariff System – user friendly system for increased transparency of trade regulation;
• Assistance on risk management and post-entry audit to Kyrgyz customs;
• Support for greater customs to customs cooperation and information exchange;
• Support for developing concept of law enforcement IT system;
• Jointly with ADB - support for CBTA implementation and Afghanistan accession to it;
• Organizing business to business event between businesses in the region;
• Export promotion seminar for private sector companies.
Last updated: September 03, 2014