Regional: Strengthening Local Chambers of Commerce and Industry along the East-West Economic Corridor to Promote Trade, Investment and Value Chains

Sovereign Project | 43117-012 Status: Closed


Integrating national markets to promote economic efficiency and private sector development

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Project Name Strengthening Local Chambers of Commerce and Industry along the East-West Economic Corridor to Promote Trade, Investment and Value Chains
Project Number 43117-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7521-REG: Strengthening Local Chambers of Commerce and Industry along the East-West Economic Corridor to Promote Trade, Investment and Value Chains
Investment Climate Facilitation Fund under RCIFPF US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agro-industry, marketing, and trade

Industry and trade - Small and medium enterprise development - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Integrating national markets to promote economic efficiency and private sector development
Impact Increase in the market-related product linkages between SMEs along the EWEC in relation to regional or global value chain.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increase capacity of local CCIs to promote inter-SME and RVC or GVC-relate trade.
Progress Toward Outcome The capacity of over 60 staff of chambers of Commerce ad Industry (CCIs), SMEs promotion and trade related government officials and hence CCIs in ten provinces of Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam along the EWEC has been strengthened through participation in a series of training, workshops, site -visits and trade forum. Local CCIs are able to expand their activities, organize trade fair and promote business networking among business associations and SMEs to promote trade , value chains and investment.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Strenghtened institutional and professional capacity of local chambers of commerce (CCIs)

2. Action plan on value chains mapping

3. Action plan on cluster development

4. Awareness workshops on SMEs participation in the GVCs

5. Trade and Investment Forum

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

1. Working with the Mekong Institute, the TA has developed Training module s comprises: Module 1 Trade and investment Promotion -Role of CCI ; Module 2 Integration of SMEs of EWEC in Global Value Chain ; Module 3 Business Networking with SMEs in EWEC suggested tools and methods for developing business clusters and networks. Module 4 Trade and Investment promotion Strategies enhanced the participants' understanding on effective trade fair management, management information systems, the need and importance of trade fairs and Steps for Planning a Trade Event, management practices and promotion.

EWEC CCI staff received training in these modules, and follow up trainings suing these modules and field practiced provided by Mekong Institute under its own project in collaboration with this TA.

2. Field consultations with local CCIs, business associations, farmer groups, supermarket chains, and exporters were conducted. An action plan on mapping organic vegetable value chain and a Practitioners' Guide on Organic Vegetable Value Chain were finalized in Jan-June 2011.

A training workshop on mapping organic vegetable value chain for CCIs, production groups, suppliers and exporters in the value chain was organized in May 2011 to map steps in integrating organic vegetable producers into value chains, and build networking among them.

3. Between July-October 2011, consultations and fieldworks to establish organic vegetable production clusters along the EWEC were conducted. An action on establishment of the organic production clusters was prepared and finalized. Four types of organic production cluster were formally established for the EWEC.

A training workshop on establishment of organic vegetable production clusters was conducted on 11-20 October in Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Thailand for CCIs, organic production clusters, supermarket and hypermarket supplier firms, collection, branding and packing firms, and exporters.

4. An organic vegetable value chain trade forum was organized on 21 October 2011 to link cluster with national, regional and global value chains, and build networking for future development and expansion of such clusters.

A number of representatives from projects financed by other development partners such as JICA, Hevitaz, SNV, and GIZ also attended these workshops and trade forum.

Geographical Location Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Several rounds of consultation with UNESCAP, GMS Business Forum, JETRO. COnsultation with stakeholders will follow.
During Project Implementation Numerous consultations were conducted with stakeholders, including development partners, and private firms operating in organic products in the region.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

- 3 International consultants required at total of 7 person months of input (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Capacity Development Specialist, Business Development Specialist and Value Chain Related Trade Forum Specialist)

- National consultants required 23 person months of input

Responsible ADB Officer Rattanatay Luanglatbandith
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Thailand Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Rattanatay Luanglatbandith
ADB Thailand Resident Mission, 23rd Floor, The Offices at Central World , 999/9 Rama1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Concept Clearance 20 Oct 2009
Fact Finding 26 Oct 2009 to 30 Oct 2009
Approval 30 Mar 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Jan 2011
Last PDS Update 01 Dec 2011

TA 7521-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Mar 2010 - 30 Mar 2010 30 Nov 2011 31 Jul 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 600,000.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 660,000.00 30 Mar 2010 436,157.13

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