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GLOBAL SURVEY ON DIGITAL AND SUSTAINABLE TRADE FACILITATION BY UNESCAP

GLOBAL SURVEY ON DIGITAL AND SUSTAINABLE TRADE FACILITATION BY UNESCAP

Context:

In the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific’s (UNESCAP) recent Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation, India has scored 90.32%. The survey has evaluated 143 economies globally.

India’s performance in the global survey:

  • Survey has highlighted India’s significant score improvement on all 5 key indicators.
  • Transparency is 100% in 2021 whereas it was 93.33% in 2019.
  • Formalities have been recorded at 95.83% in 2021 (It was 87.5% in 2019)
  • Institutional Arrangement and Cooperation is 88.89% in 2021 whereas it was 66.67% in 2019.
  • In 2021 Paperless Trade is 96.3% whereas it was 81.48% in 2019.
  • Cross-Border Paperless Trade in 2021 is 66.67% whereas in 2019 it was 55.56%.
  • Compared to the South and SouthWest Asia region (63.12%) and the Asia Pacific region (65.85%) India has performed the best.
  • This survey has found that the overall score of India is greater than many OECD countries which include UK, Canada, France, Norway, and Finland etc.
  • It shows that India’s overall score is better than the European Union’s average score.
  • India has achieved a 100% score for the Transparency index.
  • India has achieved 66% in the Women in trade component.

About the survey:

  • It is conducted by UNESCAP every 2 years.
  • The current survey for 2021 includes an assessment of 58 trade facilitation measures which have been enclosed by the Trade Facilitation Agreement of WTO.

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