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Institutionalizing the Philippines’ National Single Window: Tradenet

The National Single Window (NSW) concept, a system that integrates and automates trade-related procedures, has been recognized by various countries as an effective measure to facilitate trade. For the Philippines, its endeavor to establish its NSW began in 2005 and was met with limited success. Given increasing recognition of the NSW’s importance in the country’s effort to digitalize to become resilient in the face of the continuing global health threats and supply chain disruptions, renewed efforts to put in place the new NSW called the TradeNet should be accompanied by its institutionalization.

This paper endeavors to provide the rationales for establishing the Philippines’ NSW by reviewing the literature and experiences of other countries. In addition, it aims to identify key provisions that should be included in the legislative proposal by analyzing the issues and challenges in TradeNet’s program theory, service delivery and utilization, and program organization that limit its efficient and effective implementation. The paper concludes by offering recommendations for a policy that enables the expeditious and sustainable implementation of the Philippines’ NSW, specifically, in the context of enhancing previous legislative proposals on the NSW.


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