On September 27, 2016, Nepal launched the pilot version of its first trade portal – the Nepal Trade Information Portal (NTIP) – configured with the assistance of SGS.

SGS was appointed by the Government of Nepal in July 2015 to supervise the design, procurement and implementation of both NTIP and the Nepal National Single Window (NNSW). SGS also assisted the Nepal Trade and Export Promotion Center (TEPC) with the sourcing, compilation and publication of information on the portal.

Funded by the World Bank and operated by TEPC, NTIP was unveiled by Nepal’s Minister of Commerce, Romi Gauchan Thakali, the Executive Director of the TEPC, Ishwari Prasad Ghimire and World Bank Lead Transport Specialist, Diep Nguyen-van Houtte.

NTIP: single-point access for all trade, economic and regulatory information

NTIP provides the Nepal business community with a secure and personalized single entry point to all Nepal trade related information, such as information about all regulatory requirements, trade procedures and fees. It also provides a searchable resource library for all available documents and materials related to trade in Nepal.

 Nepal Portal Screen shot 
                                       Screenshot of Nepal trade portal homepage

Based on the proven World Bank Trade Portal Toolkit 

NTIP is based on the World Bank Trade Portal Toolkit, which was originally implemented in Laos and has since been successfully implemented in a number of developing countries to facilitate the rapid deployment of national trade portals. 

SGS recommended leveraging this existing framework and solution to shorten the preparation, development and launch cycle. The cost savings achieved by using the World Bank toolkit will fund the introduction of further innovative features and functionality.

Additional functionality will be made possible thanks to the toolkit’s high-performance PHP framework, used to develop Web 2.0 applications. To avoid significant customization and further reduce costs, SGS recommended that the add-ons and extension be carried out as independent services.

Improving Nepal’s trade efficiency by empowering the trading community

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Minister Thakali said: “The government of Nepal is committed to creating a favorable environment for the promotion of trade and business in a sustained way, in order to make it competitive internationally by reducing non-tariff barriers along with enhancing trade facilitation. As a result, I believe that the Nepal Trade Information Portal is a solution that will help improve Nepal’s trade efficiency, empowering the trading community by providing immediate, online access from a single source to all legislation, policies, procedures, tariff data and necessary guidelines from across trade-related bodies and organizations”. 

Ishwari Prasad Ghimire of TEPC said: “TEPC is responsible for promoting Nepal’s general foreign trade and export trade in particular. As such, we act as an information hub by analyzing and publishing vital trade-related information. We recognize that it is critical that both importers and exporters have access to complete, reliable and clear information regarding the policies and procedures applied to the trading of goods internationally. The Nepal Trade Information Portal is a key tool in our efforts to present information that will assist traders as they seek to do business – providing a key source for all relevant guidance. Whether it be identifying the rules and regulations related to the import or export of a certain commodity, or guidance and procedures for securing the required licenses or permits, the Trade Portal provides a simple means to get the information needed.”

For further information, please contact:

George Bottomley
Vice President
Governments and Institutions (GIS)
t: +62 811180368

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