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This report is part of a global survey effort on the implementation of trade facilitation and paperless trade measures, undertaken jointly by the five United Nations Regional Commissions for Africa (ECA), Europe (ECE), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and West Asia (ESCWA) as well as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

This report unveils the findings of the 2023 United Nations Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation, focusing on the progress made in trade facilitation across the 7 United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) countries.

The report highlights that significant trade cost reductions could be achieved through the implementation of paperless and cross-border paperless trade measures, surpassing the impact of conventional trade facilitation measures. The Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific offers further opportunities for SPECA countries to promote their own initiatives and solutions as well as support the further advancement of their national Single Windows and ensure interoperability across borders.

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