Economic and trade competitiveness of Arab countries will improve on the basis of more efficient and on-time logistics/trade and transport services, concretely through reduction of trade costs and simplification of trade and trade-related procedures. UNDP partnered with countries in the design and adoption of modernized procedures of management of cross border operations and introduction of integrated platform of information processing for trade facilitation such as the National Single Window. Improvement of Arab connectivity is seen as one of major foundations in the promotion of Arab economic integration.
Egypt and Sudan adopted the Action Plan and technical models of the joint pilot aimed at simplification of procedures and reduction of trade costs along the trade/transport corridor linking Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and potentially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To assist the implementation, the Steering Committee of border management at Qustol of Egypt was activated with Terms of Reference, Work Program and coordination mechanisms. Intensive consultations with Egypt and Sudan were held with regard to introduction of new policies of facilitation of movement of goods. Consultations were completed with Jordan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on activities of the said trade/transport corridor. Awareness on Trade Facilitation and Arab connectivity was enhanced. UNDP also conducted assessment of needs of trade-related infrastructure for the development of three draft bankable projects of Egypt, Jordan and Sudan. Around than 200 officials of Egypt and Sudan benefitted of activities of capacity building in trade facilitation, customs modernization and strategic planning for development of a National Single Window. Conducted need assessments in targeted countries.