Customs Reform, Transit, Investment Discussed at U.S.-Central Asia Meeting
At the tenth meeting under the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement held April 5 in Kyrgyzstan, senior officials from the U.S., Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan focused on expanding trade and creating a welcoming environment for investment to facilitate regional private sector activity. Officials also examined trade, transit and investment issues among Central Asian countries and discussed expanding exports from Central Asia to the U.S. under the Generalized System of Preferences.
The TIFA Council also agreed to proposals from the working groups on customs, standards, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures to (1) use the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, and Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement as the basis for further work and (2) implement customs reforms and create a regional International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation group to accelerate the transit of goods.
Officials also supported granting TIFA Council observer status to Pakistan.