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Afghanistan - Emergency Customs Modernization and Trade Facilitation Project (English)

The development objective of the Emergency Customs Modernization and Trade Facilitation Project for Afghanistan is to provide the Transitional Government (TISA) with emergency assistance to start establishing a more efficient customs and transit regime. The project will achieve this through financing improvements in: (a) key customs and related transit infrastructure and communications; and (b) the capacity for customs and transit administration. This will lay the basis for a functioning customs service and facilitation of Afghanistan's international trade. The project will also finance some key emergency assistance for implementing the accompanying overall tax administration business plan. The project will help provide the financial basis for a functioning Afghan state, by ensuring sustainable government revenue. Facilitating the introduction of modem trade facilitation will remove some of the impediments to enterprise and help create the enabling environment for increased economic activity and inward investment-- increasing the overall revenue base for customs' collections, and yielding annual savings of nearly US$29.6 million to the economy. The project supports the TISA and its objective of developing a unitary state with (a) substantial power and responsibility vested in a central government, and (b) substantial domestically generated resources available to fund the basic functions of the state. The project will be implemented through a wide range of activities undertaken at locations around the borders of Afghanistan. The project must be considered as high risk in terms of both the present security problems within Afghanistan and the potential resistance to the basic aims and objectives of the projects. As the project affects a structural change within Government and Afghanistan's external trade system, there is the risk that the implementation of the project will be resisted by some or all of the interest groups who may be negatively affected. The potential risks are recognized and mitigated, and implementation will involve the private sector and other interest groups to influence a gradual change from informality to formality and to minimize the economic and social effects when the new regulations and systems are implemented. The credit is expected to be fully disbursed within a 42 month period.

Details

  • Document Date

    2003/11/24

  • Document Type

    Technical Annex

  • Report Number

    T7610

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Afghanistan,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2010/07/01

  • Doc Name

    Afghanistan - Emergency Customs Modernization and Trade Facilitation Project

  • Keywords

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Afghanistan - Emergency Customs Modernization and Trade Facilitation Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/440371468740671194/Afghanistan-Emergency-Customs-Modernization-and-Trade-Facilitation-Project