SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Trade Information Portal is an initiative of the GTZ supported SAARC Trade Information Project which aims to provide Business Information Services for importers and exporters including Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) to make use of Trade Opportunities in South Asia. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) significantly contribute towards economic capacity of the countries and are crucial for poverty reduction through employment and income opportunities. Most SMEs in the SAARC region only insufficiently utilize their market opportunities as they do not have adequate access to information on market developments, prices, exports and financial possibilities. The range of information offered by service providers in these regions are not attuned to SMEs’ needs.
The project supports the agglomeration of business information service providers in the SAARC region the promotion of the regional network will bring about impulses for regional economic and social integration.
SAARC Trade Information Portal strives to bring to South Asian business community, especially SMEs a unique opportunity to access all important trade related information at a mouse click. The portal as intended delivers the referral information to find the right information for each country. As a result of this initiative it is expected that the services of the information provider could be improved and SMEs in the region could increasingly utilize the project’s intraregional network of relevant business information services.