The Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) is intended to further the development of the country’s trade sector by improving Pakistan’s competitiveness in international markets. The Activity is a key component of USAID Pakistan’s overall economic development program and supports achievement of Development Objective #2 from USAID/Pakistan’s Mission Strategy: “Improving Economic Status of Focus Populations.” The purpose of the Activity is to increase access to international and in particular regional markets in order to enhance Pakistan’s regional economic integration with its neighbors. Focusing primarily on trade promotion and facilitation, PREIA will improve the international trade environment, resulting in increased trade and transit volumes.
PREIA is supporting Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) / Pakistan Customs in transitioning towards a Single Window (SW) environment. As a facility SW allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardized information and documents with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export, and transit related regulatory requirements. It is principally an outcome of the collaboration between Customs and its partner government agencies, and between the government and businesses. The SW concept has emerged out of growing IT developments and their contribution towards improvements in the delivery of services, business and governance philosophies, and architecture. These developments have inspired many cross-border regulatory regimes to adopt automated systems and re-fashion their regulatory environments to improve trade facilitation measures and achieve proficiency in their objectives such as revenue collection, social protection, and provision of business intelligence to the government. Having studied models implemented in various countries and guidelines issued by WCO and UNESCAP, Pakistan Customs has requested for technical assistance which would provide tactical level facilitation for development of Pakistan’s NSW keeping in view on ground indigenous realities. Pakistan Customs has highlighted that a ‘Customs centric’ paperless clearance system (WeBOC) is operational across the country which can serve as the core around which the future NSW can be layered. This might involve ICT (Information and Communications Technology) support, business process reengineering, outreach activities, capacity building, legal gap analysis, embedding technical support, and staff augmentation.
Please see the attachment below for further details.
Please submit your application to PREIAprocurement@DAI.com with “National Single Window (Expatriate) Short Term Technical Assistance” in the subject line by January 20, 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.