Single Window for Export-Import Operations

The goal of this project is to ensure the effective implementation of the Single Window principle through simplifying and harmonizing interagency business processes, strengthening interaction between the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan (SCS) and state control authorities (SCAs) engaged in control of import and export operations, promoting integrated monitoring and control of licenses, certificates and permits (LCP), implementing interagency risk management in the customs clearance process, strengthening capacity of Turkmenistan in the world, regional economic integration and international trade.

Under this project, UNDP and UNCTAD will provide relevant technical assistance and support to the SCS and SCAs to implement electronic LCPs in priority sectors of economy and further automate and modernize customs clearance procedures using the Single Window concept and building capacity.

The goal of this project is to simplify and increase the efficiency of export-import operations through implementation of a Single Window approach in the system of providing customs services.

Under the project, it is expected to further improve the operational capacity of SCAs (State Controlling Agencies) involved in the customs clearance process, as well as facilitate fair trade and support to Turkmenistan in ensuring the economic rights of people, including the right to entrepreneurial activities, taking into account the gender equality principle, development of the private sector of the economy, industrialization and economic growth, in accordance with the Presidential Programme for Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan for 2019-2025, the Customs System Development Programme for 2017-2021, the Digital Economy Development Concept for 2019-2025, and the Programme for Development of Foreign Economic Activity for 2020-2025. The Memorandum of Understanding between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on joint cooperation on assistance in implementation of the Single Window for Export-Import Operations Project in Turkmenistan was signed on 13 October 2020 that provide a framework for the non-exclusive cooperation and facilitate and strengthen collaboration between the parties.

The long-term goal of this project is to enhance public institutions, improve public finances and strengthen the economy of Turkmenistan through improved efficiency of the environment and facilitation of enabling conditions for foreign trade, including by representatives of private business entities, and strengthening the country's capacity for transit and participation in global and regional trade.