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A study on South Asian LDC's market access to India

Deadline for applications: 1st of December 2015 at 12 pm Danish time

Background: The Bali-package of 2013 included a number of decisions to support the integration of the least developed countries into the multilateral trading system. However, the implementation of these decisions have been somewhat slow, due to a lack of capacity among the LDCs and because some of the large emerging markets haven’t yet proved conducive enough to generate an increase in the exports from LDCs. This is not least the case in the South- and Southeast Asian region.

Objective: The primary objective of the study would be to identify possible ways to achieve sustainable export growth for the five LDC’s in South- and Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal). This should be done in the context of both domestic constrains as well as in the context of the Indian market, as this is the largest developing country market in the immediate neighbourhood. In this regard the role of the private sector in the respective countries is important to assess the bottlenecks for market access and in relation to the increasing significance of global value chains.

Scope: The study shall result in a detailed report, with country-chapters that assess the status for the implementation of the Bali-package decisions; identify relevant constraints for market access to India for the LDCs; and finally, provide recommendations for ways to achieve sustainable export growth for the five LDCs in the region.

The above will require a thorough analysis of existing primary and secondary data. Moreover, consultations should be held with public and private stakeholders in the relevant countries.

The study is expected to require approximately 12 months of work, and a detailed report should be presentable primo 2017.

Deadline for applications: 1st of December, 2015 at 12:00 pm, Danish time

The stand application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the time limit shall be rejected.

The applications form can be downloaded here.

Contact point: The Office for Trade Policy & Analysis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Name of the Programme Officer: Daniel Honoré Jensen,
Telephone number, Programme Officer: +4533921726
E-mail address, Programme Officer:

Criteria for selection: A minimum of three and a maximum of five applications with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender. In this regard working experience with the Indian industry is essential.