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Implementing trade logistics reforms in complex multi-country and regional settings : the case of the Western Balkans (English)

Trade facilitation connects economies and provides opportunities for business growth. However, the national agencies involved in trade often have different objectives, lack coordination with peer agencies in other countries because of different national priorities, high workloads, and absence of platforms to consult with each other. Such a divergence of interests is a challenge when the goal is to address, and seek consensus on, trade issues on the regional level, while undertaking capacity building and reform activities at the country level, all with the objective to benefit the private sector. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Western Balkans trade logistics project faced this challenge. In addition, the project was constrained by limited financial resources, so marrying effectiveness and efficiency was key to achieving results. This smart lesson summarizes lessons learned from the project implementation.

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  • Author

    Gabrielyan,Gagik, Konar-Leacy,Violane

  • Document Date

    2015/06/01

  • Report Number

    99065

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Serbia,

  • Region

    Europe and Central Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2015/08/24

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Implementing trade logistics reforms in complex multi-country and regional settings : the case of the Western Balkans

  • Keywords

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Gabrielyan,Gagik Konar-Leacy,Violane

Implementing trade logistics reforms in complex multi-country and regional settings : the case of the Western Balkans (English). IFC smart lessons brief Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/126431468188354103/Implementing-trade-logistics-reforms-in-complex-multi-country-and-regional-settings-the-case-of-the-Western-Balkans