PROJECT COMPONENTS

The project provides technical assistance in three result areas.

component 1

component 1

Improving customs, trade facilitation, and standards

This result area focuses on accelerating the implementation of Cambodia's commitments under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) with a view to a better integration of Cambodia into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The Cambodian Government has notified ‘category C items’ (commitments for the implementation of which Cambodia requests technical assistance and a prolonged implementation period) to the WTO in 2017-18. Along with joint commitments and initiatives under the ASEAN Trade In Goods Agreement, these category C items largely form the basis of interventions in this result area. Project workstreams include the Cambodia National Single Window, Authorised Economic Operators, pre-arrival processing and product risk management.

component 2

component 2

Strengthening institutional capacities and improving regulatory practices for international trade

This result area focuses on capacity development of Cambodian government officials for the coordination, formulation, and implementation of trade-related policies, negotiations and reforms. This institutional strengthening work is supported by a workstream on trade and investment statistics to enable fact-based policy formulation. Other workstreams include coordination of trade facilitation (National Committee on Trade Facilitation – NCTF) and transparency of the evolving regulatory framework (such as through the National Trade Repository – NTR). Many of the activities under this result area have linkages to activities to be undertaken under the other two result areas.

component 3

component 3

Enhancing private sector engagement in trade, notably of SMEs

This result area focuses on supporting Cambodian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to reap the benefits of international trading opportunities, particularly those offered by the ASEAN Economic Community. The aim is to enhance the Cambodian private sector’s integration into regional and global value chains by providing SMEs with better access to trade information and public-private dialogue mechanisms. In addition to the workstreams on information and advocacy, the project will also assist individual SMEs (especially from rural and semi-urban areas) in realising their export potential through targeted technical support. Business associations and other intermediaries are important cooperation partners and enablers in this effort. This component is implemented by the GOPA Consulting Group in close coordination with the ARISE Plus Cambodia Head of Project.