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Indian Women’s Work Environments Vary Widely By State

An index gauging the environment for working women in India gives Sikkim the top ranking and Delhi the lowest among states and Union Territories. The index, compiled by Nathan Associates Inc. and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington, D.C., research institution, examined four criteria: legal restrictions on working hours in three sectors; responsiveness of the justice system to crimes, including harassment, against women on the job and during their commutes; women as a percentage of all workers; and official incentives for female entrepreneurs. Tiny Sikkim in the ...
Haiti Website Eases Trade

Haiti Website Eases Trade

Trade with Haiti has become much simpler and more efficient because of a new government website. The Haiti Trade Information Portal, developed with assistance from Nathan Associates, provides a single access point for up-to-date trade, economic, and regulatory information helpful to potential importers and exporters. The portal is the first of its kind in the Caribbean basin. The World Bank financed the creation of the portal, which aims to lower transaction costs for traders, boost interagency collaboration, and move Haiti toward greater participation in global trade through fuller compliance with ...
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Report Examines Authorized Economic Operator Programs in APEC Region

A report by Nathan Associates provides new insights into the state of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs among member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum. The report, Study of APEC Best Practices in Authorized Economic Operator Programs, surveys the customs administrations to determine how the programs, designed to help move goods efficiently yet securely, converge and diverge. The report updates the 2010 APEC AEO Compendium done by APEC’s Policy Support Unit. Seventeen of the 21 member economies have operational AEO programs in varying stages of development. The report ...
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Botswana Boosts Trade Capabilities with Dedicated, Multipurpose Website

May 2 The Botswana Trade Portal has been successfully completed and is now the primary source of information on trading across Botswana’s borders. The portal will contribute to improving the transparency and accountability of transactions, and efficiency of trade. A trade portal is a comprehensive, user-friendly website that includes information from government ministries and agencies about regulations, documentation requirements, duties, fees, taxes, restrictions, and appeals processes in clearing goods at borders. The portal contains Botswana’s first interactive, searchable, and up-to-date customs tariff schedule. Nathan Associates, in partnership with the Botswana ...
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Colombia Signs New Customs Decree Facilitating Trade

April 12, 2016 Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos in March signed a new Customs Decree that will facilitate trade processes and improve economic competitiveness. The decree strengthens protections against risky cargo while facilitating the clearance of items that do not represent risk, increases the use of electronic payments, and promotes voluntary compliance with customs obligations. Nathan Associates has supported the development of the new decree since 2012 through the USAID Free Trade Implementation Activity (FTIA), or Facilitando Comercio, and a predecessor USAID project, the Peru and Andean Trade Capacity Building ...
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Jordan Customs Advances in Training, Public Service

March 1, 2016 Jordan’s Customs Agency has become a regional resource for training in the safe and efficient movement of goods as well as a leader in commitment to public service. The agency’s Regional Customs Training Center, accredited by the World Customs Organization, on November 10, 2015, completed its first offering, a three-day course for 25 customs officials from Bahrain, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. The officials learned about advance rulings, a mechanism for determining such matters as the origin and value of goods before they reach an international ...
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Mangum’s Competition Analysis Prevails in Patent Case

February 16, 2016 Economic analysis by Russell W. Mangum III, senior vice president at Nathan Associates, prevailed in a patent decision involving LED semiconductor ighting products. After ruling last month that Everlight Electronics Co. had infringed three patents held by plaintiff Nichia Corp., U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Marshall, Texas, declined to issue an injunction. Defendant Everlight continues to sell its lighting products. In arguing for an injunction, Nichia said that continued sales would result in irreparable injury to its business. Judge Gilstrap rejected that claim, agreeing with Dr ...
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Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

September 30, 2015—Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan’s international trade practice, asked three panelists to share their views on what has gone right, what hasn’t, and how data shapes the business and moral case for improving women’s economic status. THE BRIGHT SPOTS Steady reform in the United States has left few legal or policy-imposed limits and women’s ...