Afghanistan: Building the Capacity of the Ministry of Commerce for Trade and Transit Facilitation

Sovereign Project | 39571-012

Summary

The TA aims to enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Commerce in the area of transit and trade facilitation with a specific emphasis on improving the capacity for negotiating, implementing and monitoring the Afghan Trade and Transit Agreement (ATTA) with Pakistan and other bilateral agreements with neighboring countries using a regional corridor framework; (ii) recommend the role of private sector stakeholders in transit activities; (iii) contribute to the development of strong inter-ministerial cooperation mechanisms; (iv) establish and assist a National Transport and Trade Facilitation Committee; and (v) assist the Government in developing and implementing the Corridor Development Plan under CSATTF.

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Project Name Building the Capacity of the Ministry of Commerce for Trade and Transit Facilitation
Project Number 39571-012
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4699-AFG: Building the Capacity of the Ministry of Commerce for Trade and Transit Facilitation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA aims to enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Commerce in the area of transit and trade facilitation with a specific emphasis on improving the capacity for negotiating, implementing and monitoring the Afghan Trade and Transit Agreement (ATTA) with Pakistan and other bilateral agreements with neighboring countries using a regional corridor framework; (ii) recommend the role of private sector stakeholders in transit activities; (iii) contribute to the development of strong inter-ministerial cooperation mechanisms; (iv) establish and assist a National Transport and Trade Facilitation Committee; and (v) assist the Government in developing and implementing the Corridor Development Plan under CSATTF.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CSPU for Afghanistan (2006-2008) highlights the importance of regional cooperation to the security and prosperity of the country.

The TA supports the implementation of the workplan of the Central and South Asia Trade and Transport Forum (CSATTF). It also builds on other TA activities such as TA for Cross border Trade and Transport Facilitation in Afghanistan.

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Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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 An international consultant, Trade and Transit Logistics Specialist , will be engaged for 9 person-months on an intermittent basis. Domestic consultants will be engaged up 36 person-months.
Responsible ADB Officer Grant Curtis
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Afghanistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of CommerceH.E. Dr. Mohammad Amin FarhangMinistry of Commerce, Dar-ul-Aman Road.
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2005
Fact Finding 06 Jul 2005 to 14 Jul 2005
MRM -
Approval 24 Nov 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 26 Oct 2008

TA 4699-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Nov 2005 13 Dec 2005 13 Dec 2005 30 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2007 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 24 Nov 2005 306,584.53

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