Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project (ATAR)

OVERVIEW

The Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project (ATAR) is designed to support Afghanistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), increase Afghanistan’s international trade, and provide the government with support to improve its ability to generate revenue to replace donor assistance.  ATAR will support Afghanistan by

  1. improving the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to formulate and implement a liberal policy framework for trade and investment in accordance with international standards, including WTO accession,
  2. supporting bilateral and multi-lateral agreements with the Central Asian Republics, Pakistan and India, including support for implementation of harmonized tariffs, simplified border crossing procedures, and private sector linkages, and
  3. supporting the introduction of a value-added tax (VAT) and tax collection as well as continued improvement in customs revenue collection capacity, including the implementation of electronic payments. 
 
PLANNED ACTIVITIES
  • Technical assistance on trade agreements, WTO accession, and rules compliance;
  • Support to the private sector by organizing regional trade fairs, supporting trade and transit services and private sector matchmaking events and training
  • Capacity building for the implementation of reforms in customs, i.e. procedures modernization and streamlining 
 
EXPECTED RESULTS
  • Accession to the WTO<
  • Implementation and administration of legal and regulatory reforms required for WTO conformity
  • Signed and implemented trade and transit agreements with neighbors and trading partners
  • Increased exports to neighboring countries
  • Expedited cross-border transit
  • Increased capacity to collect customs revenue and reduce time and cost at customs
  • Afghan Customs Academy established as primary training facility
  • Increased government capacity to collect revenue from VAT and customs
  • Increased public and private sector awareness of trade opportunities
 

Last updated: August 26, 2014

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