Project Name Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Project Number 47028-001
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8442-NEP: Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Provided assistance to prepare for the accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention; to conduct Time Release Studies; to undertake a mid-term review of the 4-year Customs Reform and Modernization Strategy and Action Plan (2013-2017).

Provided assistance in the implementation of the ASYCUDA World system.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

An international consultant was engaged to draft the Regulatory Impact Assessment of RKC accession. The report has been completed. Gap analyses of the domestic legal framework have been completed, and the proposed amendments to the Customs legislation, to ensure compliance with the Revised Kyoto Convention, have been drafted.

The RKC Body and General Annex have been translated into Nepali for submission to the parliament, together with the proposal for the accession. 2,000 copies have been printed for distribution to the customs posts across the country as a reference document.

In the aftermath of the 25 April 2015 earthquake, the project provided advisory services to the Department of Customs task force to formulate post-disaster relief consignment clearance procedures, in accordance with the international standards as specified in the RKC and other instruments. The recommendations in the task force report were adopted as annexes to the 2015 Fiscal Act, facilitating effective Customs clearance of the relief consignment.

Implementation of the web-based ASYCUDA World has commenced and its pilot was rolled out in January 2016, together with two sub-systems, developed with TA support. TA has supported the implementation process through deployment of International and National trade facilitation consultants, specializing on e-Customs and automation, as well as software and web content development.

National consultants on customs procedures and procurement have been engaged to commence work on business process reengineering, as well as the budgeting and review exercises of the four-year Customs Reform and Modernization Strategy and Action Plan (CRMSAP). An international consultant has been engaged to undertake the scoping of the next generation project options in trade facilitation/customs modernization.

Workshops and seminars have been held on a number of the topics above, including the Time Release Study, Revised Kyoto Convention, ASYCUDA World, CRMSAP review, among others.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The project will require services of Consultants, which will be as individuals:

(i) International customs/ trade facilitation specialists. (Key Deliverables: Capacity development plan for Nepal's custom; draft master plan for e-customs and road map for its implementation; Medium-term trade facilitation roadmap setting out scope and associated policy actions for the follow-on investment program/projects to SASEC TF; study on assessment and action planning for governance and integrity oversight mechanisms in relation to customs administration; and other studies on priority trade facilitation issues. Inputs: A combined total of 58.5 person-months)

(ii) Domestic trade facilitation and legal specialists (Key Deliverable: National studies and presentations to serve as inputs to the studies of the International trade facilitation specialists. Inputs: a combined total of 72 person-months each)

(iii) Web and content manager (Key Deliverable: Customs Information Portal. Inputs: A combined total of 24 person-months)

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Sonoko Sunayama
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 17 May 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Feb 2016

TA 8442-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Sep 2013 07 Oct 2013 07 Oct 2013 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,550,000.00 02 Sep 2013 698,754.63

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