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38th UN/CEFACT Forum: Facilitating Trade in the Kyrgyz Republic - Progress and Prospects

20 May 2022 10:00 - 12:00
Hybrid event, Palais des Nations, Tempus 1 (TPS1) Geneva Switzerland

Today, harnessing the potential of trade facilitation is more critical than ever. Over the past decades, the gradual reduction of tariffs has brought the role of trade facilitation to the fore. More recently, the trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis have put a spotlight on the importance of trade facilitation measures.

Since ratifying the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in 2016, the Kyrgyz Republic is transitioning to an economy that embraces digitalization and trade facilitation reforms. A number of inter-related national strategies and policies have been undertaken to facilitate progress in this direction. The Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic (MoEC) and the National Trade Facilitation Council of the Kyrgyz Republic (NTFC) are spearheading these policy reforms with participation of the public and private sector stakeholders. To address the challenges affecting trade facilitation and digitalization the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the MoEC jointly developed the National Trade Facilitation Roadmap of the Kyrgyz Republic 2021-2025. This five-year Roadmap guides the implementation of comprehensive national trade facilitation reforms.

This hybrid event “Facilitating trade in the Kyrgyz Republic: progress and prospects” will take place during the 38th UN/CEFACT Forum on 20 May 2022. It is aimed to showcase UNECE activities in the Kyrgyz Republic focusing on the following areas:

  • capacity-building of policymakers and NTFC experts, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders
  • effective implementation of trade facilitation policies, and
  • efforts to accelerate recovery from COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the session will touch upon the development of e-business and paperless e-commerce in the Central Asian region, as well as ways to increase the dematerialization of cross-border data exchange. The activities undertaken will also contribute towards the UNECE trade subprogramme's objective to strengthen trade facilitation and electronic business, and trade-related economic cooperation in the UNECE region and beyond.

This event is a part of the 38th UN/CEFACT Forum and co-organized together with International Trade Centre (ITC) - an organization that leads wide-ranging projects in countries of Central Asia promoting the trade - intra-regional and international - through enhanced business environment, empowered business and enabled cross-border e-commerce.


 Opening Session 

10:00 – 10:30  

Opening Remarks 

Moderator: Ms. Elisabeth Tuerk
Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE  

Mr. Dmitry Mariyasin
Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE

Mr. Munawwar Alam
Head of the Resident Coordinator Office of the UN, Kyrgyz Republic

Ms. Dorothy Tembo
Deputy Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

 Session 1. Strengthening the trade facilitation capacity in Central Asia


Moderator: Ms. Kamola Khusnutdinova
Acting Secretary, UN/CEFACT  

10:30 –10:40 

Mr. Aidarbek Samykbaev
Head of the Department of Customs Policy and Tariff Regulation
Ministry of Economy and Finance, Kyrgyz Republic 

10:40 – 10:50 

Mr. Bulat Toksobaev      PPT 
Director of the Competence Centre for Trade Facilitation
Kyrgyz Economic University named after M.Ryskulbekov 

10:50 – 11:00 

Questions and answers 

 Session 2. Overcoming barriers for better trade facilitation & cross-border paperless trade 


Moderator: Ms. Alla Shlykova 
Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Facilitation Section
Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

11:00 – 11:10 

Mr. Pierre Bonthonneau
Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser, International Trade Centre (ITC) 

11:10 – 11:20 

Ms. Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli   PPT
Chief, Trade Facilitation Section
Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE 

Ms. Kseniia Babenko
International Consultant, Trade Facilitation Section
Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE

11:20 – 11:30 

Mr. Temirbek Shabdanaliev
Chairman, Association of Carriers, Kyrgyz Republic

11:30 – 11:40 

Questions and answers  

 Closing Session

11:40 – 12:00  Closing Remarks
Ms. Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli
Chief, Trade Facilitation Section
Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, UNECE