To help countries realize the economic benefits of increased trade, Chemonics facilitates trade capacity building and regulatory reform, and promotes trade integration through regional and bilateral trade agreements. Our programs strengthen governments’ institutional capacity to coordinate trade and tariff policies, build the capacity of governmental staff to negotiate and implement trade agreements, and support reform for border crossing operations and build the capacity of customs officials. We facilitate World Trade Organization accession and compliance; support trade policy improvements and the establishment of single windows; and improve competition policy, investor protection, and trade-related infrastructure, while engaging in trade promotion to enable countries to benefit fully from trade agreements, resulting in increased investment, jobs, and economic growth.
Trade and Regulatory Reform.
A Stronger Private Sector in Pakistan
Socioeconomic stabilization of vulnerable areas in Pakistan is of strategic interest and an urgent priority of the U.S. government.
Accelerating Agricultural Growth in Pakistan
In the most populated region in Pakistan, new policy and investment is giving a boost to agribusinesses and creating economic growth.
Reducing Barriers to Trade in Central Asia
Poised outside large Asian and Middle Eastern markets, Central Asian countries need assistance to negotiate and overcome constraints on trade and facilitate trade across borders.
Improving Moldova’s Economy Through Business Reforms
With assistance, Moldova has made significant reforms that support businesses and enhance the country’s economy.
Piloting and Promoting Best Practices for Economic Growth
Piloting and sharing approaches to job creation, public financial management, trade and customs, access to finance, enterprise and workforce development, and economic inclusion is promoting economic growth in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Accelerating Investment in Sri Lanka’s Future
Weak governmental and business systems have consistently placed Sri Lanka at the bottom of many of the World Bank’s Doing Business indicators and limited foreign investment in the country.
Fostering Economic Growth in Mongolia
Mongolia is working to build its economy, and one area it has focused on strengthening is the private sector.
Improving Industry Competitiveness in Moldova
Key industries in Moldova, including textiles, information and technology, and wine, have grown more competitive, allowing Moldovan enterprises to better position themselves in markets at home and abroad.
How Do We Leapfrog the Status Quo in Trade?
The word of the day is “innovation.” Ask anyone to define it, though, and you won’t get one answer. Innovation can be new technology, processes, models, ideas — but it can also be tools that we’ve had on our belt for several years, applied in new places. Innovation can be learning and adapting. It can…
Beyond WTO Accession: Next Steps in Afghanistan
Accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for Afghanistan, a country in dire need of connectivity with the rest of the global economy, is a noteworthy accomplishment. Yet accession is a means to an end, not the end goal itself. This end goal is a vibrant economy bolstered by strong trade relationships and access to…
The Sky’s the Limit: Unlocking Afghanistan’s Exports with Air Cargo
Afghanistan’s economy is heavily reliant on imports. The country’s imports totaled $6.67 billion in 2016, dwarfing its $604 million in exports. As the country transitions to a more export-oriented economy, transporting goods by air can provide significant opportunities to increase economic growth. Afghanistan’s ability to boost exports is hampered by its landlocked location and its…
3 Questions with Safir Sahar on Afghanistan’s Accession to the World Trade Organization
How does accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) impact Afghanistan? The Afghan companies that will benefit from WTO membership will predominantly be those companies with current and potential capacity to export. The WTO provides guaranteed, secured, and non-discriminatory market access for Afghan producers in the markets of WTO countries, which constitute more than 95…
News: Chemonics Helps Foster Economic Opportunity at the India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show
New Delhi, India: Beginning Wednesday, September 27, the Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show will bring together more than 1,000 public and private sector participants for a three-day trade and investment event. The purpose of the trade show is to support Afghan producers in expanding their exports to Indian markets. Creating opportunities for Afghan products…
News: Chemonics’ E-Payment Activities in Afghanistan
After decades of war, Afghanistan continues to raise headlines questioning the effectiveness and value of providing development assistance in such a conflict-prone country. It is easy to focus on the negative headlines and criticisms. Yet while there are challenges, there are also successes that prove why these investments matter. The Afghanistan Trade and Revenue (ATAR)…
Research and Action to Promote Regional Trade in South Asia
The United States’ economic future is inextricably linked to Asia. A full quarter of the goods and services exported by the United States are bound for Asia, and about 30 percent of our imports come from the region. In addition, exports to Asia support more than a million American jobs. As such, the United States…
What Could the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean for International Development?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the biggest regional trade agreement in history. Twelve countries representing nearly 40 percent of the world’s GDP — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam — have agreed on a trade pact that will link their very diverse economies around a set…
6 Ways to Make Free Trade Work for Developing Countries
Last year was a busy one for international trade and development actors. We observed major progress in the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, continued global ratification of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement, proposal of the Tripartite Free Trade Area in Africa, and announcement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all of which…
Why Customs Processes Matter to Moldova
As a landlocked country of about 3.6 million, nestled between European Union (EU)-member Romania and Ukraine, Moldova has struggled economically. Since gaining its independence in 1991, Moldova’s gross domestic product (GDP) has actually declined from Soviet-era levels. Part of the reason is that the government has hampered Moldovan export sales with prohibitive customs requirements that…