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South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program

Young Bangladeshi women being trained at the Savar Export Processing Zone

The South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program, or SARTFP, is part of the umbrella trust fund, Partnership for South Asia. Administered by the World Bank, the program is supported by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

SARTFP's goal is to identify and build consensus around priority investments, policy actions, and institutional arrangements. SARTFP provides support to local enterprises -- within a single country and cross-border -- to enhance trade and economic opportunities for people living in the Eastern Corridor of South Asia. It is one of several trust funds that support work to build greater regional connectivity highlighted on One South Asia.

Focusing on micro- and small entrepreneurs, SARTFP funds analyses and technical assistance work to improve cross-border trade and enhance activities of women-owned enterprises. The program fosters inclusive development of roads, rail, and inland waterway infrastructure that connects local communities to regional markets.

SARTFP has focused its activities in the BBIN subregion -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal -- and emphasizes economic empowerment of women through greater cross-border trade and commerce.

SARTFP activities include the following:

Australian Aid