Output 1.1 - Rationalize, validate, and publish CIQS RRPs in eight priority entry points:
- Consultations with private sector and CIQS agencies have been onducted with Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as with the CIQS agencies of Indonesia. Confirmed action plans for the development and implementation of SOPs have been updated during the BIMP-EAGA Strategic Planning Meeting in January 2011 and endorsed for implementation at the 5th BIMP-EAGA CIQS Task Force Meeting in May 2011.
- Consultations with CIQS agencies at national and subregional levels have been conducted in various countries. In Customs sector, assistance has been extended to the strengthening of risk management, post clearance audit systems and enhancing accreditation programs. Efforts have also been put in strengthening dialogues with private sector to better provide information and requirements to improve their compliance.
- The project supported the conduct of a BIMP-EAGA Commodities and Quarantine Measures Workshop on 7- 10 May 2012 in Balikpapan, Indonesia, which identified the major commodities traded in EAGAs major entry points, as well as their associated quarantine risks. A Technical Working Group Meeting on the One Borneo Quarantine Program in April 2014 discussed the One Borneo Quarantine initiative which aims to generate technical inputs from member countries as part of an ongoing assessment on the benefits and potentials of an integrated strategy and cooperation program for the protection and development of Borneo Island.
- Implementation arrangements for the Security Action Plan were discussed during the Heads of Security Meeting in July 2011 in Labuan, Malaysia. Assistance provided to the BIMP-EAGA Security Sector in the development of minimum security standards for secondary ports and nonconvention ships involved in informal trading activities in EAGA, which have been endorsed by the BIMP-EAGA member countries at the 3rd Heads of Security (HOS) Meeting. Countries are currently developing their own implementing regulations for the implementation of these measures. To assist the BIMP-EAGA countries on the implementation of the the Simplified Port Facility Security Plan (SPFSP), the SPFSP Common Guidebook was endorsed during the Special Heads of Security Sector Meeting in Davao, Philippine on October 2013 and is being finalized.
Output 1.2 - Build capacity of CIQS officials at eight priority entry points to implement improved CIQS systems and working procedures
- Customs officers from some member countries received training on Post Clearance Audit (PCA) to enhance their audit work as well as the implementation of relevant accreditation programs.
- Customs officers also acquired enhanced skills as trade educators to improve the trade communitys awareness, understanding and compliance to Customs requirements, and regular local trade outreach activities have been conducted by Customs administrations.
- Customs officers also received training on Time Release Studies to enable them to measure the effectiveness of operational procedures of customs and other related agencies during standard processing of imports, exports and transit movements, which will result to informed decision making.
In collaboration with the International Office for Migration (IOM), a capacity building programme on Detection of Fraudulent Travel Documents and Recognition of Imposters has been developed for the Immigration sector. Frontline immigration officers from four countries have been introduced to utilizing IOMs manual to enhance their performance, and a select group of officers were further trained as trainers to enable them to share their skills and knowledge to others.
A Training of Trainer Course on Quarantine and Human Health Operational Risk Management was held on 12-16 November 2012. The course equipped designated EAGA quarantine officials with comprehensive knowledge and skills to introduce a systematic approach to identifying and managing risks of quarantine pests and diseases at the entry-point. A Workshop on Developing Contingency Plan for Quarantine and Human Health held on 1-5 July 2013 also developed capabilities of local quarantine officials to carry out activities for early detection and early response to disease epidemics and animal/plant health emergencies through the development and implementation of local contingency plans. Trained trainers from Malaysia were tapped as sub-regional facilitators in the Sabah-Kalimantan Joint Quarantine Workshop on Operational Risk Management held in Tawau, Malaysia on 12-16 August 2013. Follow-on Workshops on Development and Implementation of Contingency Plan for Quarantine and Human Health (including food safety) were conducted for key local officials managing the trade and border crossing activities across the EAGA focus areas of Malaysia in December 2013 and Indonesia in April 2014 to further enhance capacity in managing risks of pest and disease incursions in BIMP-EAGA s priority entry points. Trained trainers also served as sub-regional facilitators for this workshop.
- Numerous capacity building workshops have been conducted on planning and conducting drills and exercises, security training, and audit to enhance relevant security officers capability to maintain compliance with the requirements of the International Ships and Port Facility Security Code and to strengthen the security of cross-border trade activities and local supply chain. Brunei and the Philippines each conducted live exercise in 2013 as an application of the drill and exercise workshops. The Philippine participants to the audit and TOT workshops also conducted audit activities and training on Port Facility Security Officer and Company Security Officer Courses applying their acquired capabilities, which were validated by experts.
- Some of the trained port security officials were engaged as sub-regional facilitators to further enhance their knowledge sharing skills.
Output 1.3 - Strengthen subregional, national, and local institutional mechanisms:
- Conducted project briefings and consultations with national and subregional officials.
- Provided technical inputs for the preparation of various CIQS TF and Heads of Sector Meetings
- Ongoing technical assistance, advisory and capacity building to the CIQS Working Group Secretariat in monitoring progress of CIQS deliverables
Output 1.4 - Upgrade ICT capability at priority entry points:
- To be addressed as appropriate under the action plans.
Output 1.5 - Conduct time release studies in eight priority entry points
- Follow-up with countries possibility of TRS surveys in 2014
Output 1.6 - Coordinate with development partners:
- Discussions and notes exchange on the quarantine sector agenda with the Office of Chief Plant Protection Officer in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry (DAFF) of Australia in February 2011
- Utilized APEC s manual for maritime & port securitytraining & exercises
- Collaborating with IOM in the conduct of the immigration training on Detection of Fraudulent Travel
- Documents and Recognition of Imposters, used and distributed copies of IOM manual on passport examination during the training -Discussions with USAID on the Customs and Security sectors agenda in supporting relevant agencies in the Philippines
Output 2.1, 2.2 - Support the conduct of annual private sector dialogue at the CIQS TF and heads of customs meetings and Support at least two private sector consultations in each priority entry point:
- Various private sector (PS) consultations have been conducted to gather feedback on the effectiveness of trade facilitation measures.
- Conducted private sector survey on Customs trade facilitation. Overall finding was moderately effective, with much room for improvement.
- Conducted Customs survey on rate of errors and omissions by private sector to develop appropriate customs information program. (Also See: Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation)
- Extended technical &/or logistics support to the private sector dialogue with the Heads of Customs in September 2011
- Designed and conducted assessment of private sector performances to inform enhancement measures by CIQS agencies.
All TA activities have been completed. A TA Completion Report is currently being prepared for disclosure.