Regional: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project

Sovereign Project | 39454-012

Summary

The objective of the TA is to help promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between 4 SASEC countries. To this end, the TA will help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will facilitate unhindered movements of goods, service, and people across SASEC countries through improvement of cross-border transport infrastructure and introduction of modernized cross-border management regimes.

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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project
Project Number 39454-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6435-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project (Supplementary)
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6435-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 220,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objective of the TA is to help promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between 4 SASEC countries. To this end, the TA will help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will facilitate unhindered movements of goods, service, and people across SASEC countries through improvement of cross-border transport infrastructure and introduction of modernized cross-border management regimes.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA provides assistance to promote subregional cooperation and integration between the four countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, by preparing an investment project that will facilitate the smooth movement of goods, services and people across the South Asia region through improved cross-border transport infrastructure and the introduction of modern cross-border management regimes.
Impact Promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between four SASEC members
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Agreed design for the loan project
Progress Toward Outcome

On 9 March 2010, the TA scope and implementation arrangement was modified based on a full assessment of the TA progress and recent developments of RCI activities, for the TA to be more realistic and efficient in delivery. The rail link component has been deleted due to the commitment from the governments of Bangladesh and India that they will undertake the study of priority rail link on their own resources. The cross border regime component was completed with the submission of the Final Report on 25 November 2011. The road corridor component was also completed with the submission of the Final Report in March 2012.

The momentum of regional cooperation and Integration (RCI) transport development gained acceleration during the TA implementation. After several SASEC Transport Working Group meetings i.e., Bangkok in November 2011 and Kolkata in March 2012, the Government of India (GOI) has requested for ADB to prepare the most critical RCI road connectivity projects connecting 4 SASEC countries namely, (i) Karkabitta-Panitanki-Phulbari-Banglabandha road and (ii) Phuentsholing-Jaigaon-Hasimara-Dhupguri-Changrabandha-Burimari road. A minor change in implementation arrangements was approved on 21 December 2011 to finalize the study on these roads.

The TA was completed in December 2012. Financial closing is in progress.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Feasibility study and preliminary design

2. Operational agreements

3. Customs arrangement for bonded transit, and other operational frameworks

4. Investment plan for trade-related infrastructure

5. Identification of capacity building needs and the development of necessary training programs

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

The rail link component was deleted due to the commitment from the governments of Bangladesh and India that they will undertake the study of priority rail link on their own resources.

The cross-border regime component was completed in November 2011. A consulting firm was engaged under the road corridor component for the feasibility study of two priority regional road projects identified during the Regional Transport Meeting held in Bangladesh in December 2010. The consultant submitted the Final Report in March 2012, which was approved by ADB and relevant Government Agencies in November 2012.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design National workshops, interviews with public and private sector stakeholders, involvement of NGOs and community mobilization.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Three separate teams of international firms in association with national consultants will be engaged for road corridor component, rail link component, and cross-border regime component using the simplified technical proposal procedures based on the quality- and cost-based selection method and in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, amended from time to time). The road corridor component will require 4 person-months of international and 15 person-months of national consulting services, the rail link component 6 person-months of international and 26 person-months of domestic consulting services, and the cross-border regime component 10 person-months of international and 27 person-months of domestic consulting services. Three individual national consultants will be separately engaged for the assessment of economic viability (3 person-months), environmental impact (3 person-months), and social and resettlement impact (3 person-months) of the cross-border regime component.
Responsible ADB Officer Hiroaki Yamaguchi
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankMr. Hiroaki Yamaguchihyamaguchi@adb.orgSouth Asia Department, ADB
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Aug 2007
Fact Finding 23 Jun 2007 to 11 Jul 2007
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Nov 2007
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2013

TA 6435-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2007 - 12 Dec 2007 30 Sep 2008 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,220,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,220,000.00 12 Dec 2007 1,107,858.66

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