Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation Agreement: Evidence from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

Goals and Objectives

The main goal is to collect evidence from women led/managed/owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to study the gender dimensions of trade facilitation agreement among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

The specific objectives of this project are given as follows:

  • Identifying existing barriers (low level of financial & digital inclusion of women and hurdles faced by women traders at selected land ports) that limit women entrepreneurs to access opportunities to engage in economic activities, particularly in trade.
  • Conducting gender based analysis of Trade Facilitation Measures (TFMs) under TFA.
  • Creating awareness on gender-inclusive trade facilitation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
  • Suggesting country-specific policy recommendations in favour of women responsive TFA in particular and trade policy in general for enhanced participation of women in trade and trade related activities..