|Project Name||Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|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|
|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.
|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.
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
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 ADB Officer||Sonoko Sunayama|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||17 May 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Feb 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Sep 2013||07 Oct 2013||07 Oct 2013||31 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2017||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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|