IRU’s secretary general met with Jaipur-based CUTS International (Consumer Unity and Trust Society) today in Geneva, to discuss joint efforts to facilitate trade and bring about greater prosperity in the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) region.
CUTS has collaborated with IRU on a significant study on the benefits of TIR for the BBIN region, due to be published later this year.
The meeting today comes at a time of gathering momentum, with India’s recent announcement of its intention to accede to the TIR Convention and the implementation of the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement presenting an ever more relevant case for TIR as the ideal, tried and tested, customs transit tool.
The partnership between the two organisations is underpinned by a shared resolve to connect communities, and to help them prosper via a robust global framework of road transport services. CUTS’s visit to IRU today highlights the critical role of road transport in transforming economies and the necessary impetus that international trade facilitation conventions, like TIR, can offer in this endeavour.
IRU hopes to continue to work together with CUTS to push forward the idea of a unified market for the BBIN region.