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The SAARC-Trade Promotion Network (SAARC-TPN), a network of 28 key public (Department of Trade, Export Promotion Agencies) and private sector (Apex bodies, Chambers of Commerce) organizations working in trade related areas from all SAARC countries. It aims at the promotion of intra-regional trade in the SAARC region. 

The project follows a multi-level approach; it intervenes mainly on the meso-level (support of the SAARC-TPN and its members) but also covers the linkage between the meso- and the macro-level (co-operation between the SAARC-TPN and the SAARC-Secretariat) as well between the meso- and the micro-level (co-operation between member organisations of the SAARC-TPN and individual enterprises).

The SAARC-TPN is supported by technical assistance of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH which acts on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The SAARC-TPN targets to strengthen the content-specific structure of the regional trade-related agreements to promote their implementation at member state level and to support the private sector by strengthening its capacity for intraregional trade. Four thematic Working Groups (WGs) have been created in the areas of Small and Medium Enterprises (WG-SME), Regional Trade Facilitation (WG-RTF), Humanc Capacity Development (WG-HCD), and Quality Infrastructure (WG-QI). 

The major focus-areas of SAARC-TPN are:

  • Promotion of SMEs especially women SMEs through regional value chains
  • Improvement in quality infrastructure
  • Reduction of non-tariff barriers/measures
  • Improvement in decision making through access to trade relevant information
  • Development of human and institutional capacities




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