Viet Nam: Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project

Sovereign Project | 43120-025 Status: Approved


ADB is helping Viet Nam enhance sanitary and phytosanitary systems and food safety management. The project will support the design and implementation of food safety surveillance, including a pilot project in four northern provinces. Improved import handling, grading of restaurants in tourist areas, and strengthening of food laboratories will help build a more rigorous food safety management system.

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Project Name Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project
Project Number 43120-025
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2944-VIE: Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 11.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

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

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description Compliance with global SPS requirements requires national specialists to undertake tasks related to surveillance, risk analysis, testing, diagnostics, pest identification, standards, and conformity assessment. Trading partners and private companies often require application of good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices, and quality assurance management (such as hazard analysis critical control points). Cambodia and the Lao PDR lack specialists who can perform these tasks. These specialists need to come (in part at least) from graduates of national higher education systems that train SPS specialists. Strengthening capacities of SPS agencies is urgently needed to meet the increasing requirements for exports and trade facilitation, and to protect health.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is in line with the GMS 10-year strategic framework, 2012'-2022 and supports the thrust to facilitate cross-border trade and investment. The project will contribute to pillar 4 (cooperation in regional public goods) of ADB's Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The project is aligned with the targets of the National Strategic Development Plan Update, 2009-2013 of Cambodia and the National Socio Economic Development Plan VII, 2011-2015 of the Lao PDR. Improving SPS management is explicitly reflected in various Cambodia and Lao PDR sector strategies and plans, and in the GMS core agriculture support program.

Trade facilitation remains a challenging agenda in the GMS. Previous experience shows the need to adopt a phased approach to formulate well-targeted and sequenced projects to ensure implementation of bilateral and regional commitments on cooperation and harmonization. Inadequate capacities at the country level are major constraints for effective regional cooperation in SPS arrangements. Development partners, such as the United Nations agencies, the World Bank and bilateral agencies support various aspects of SPS capacity building in the GMS, but ongoing projects have not addressed SPS issues in a comprehensive manner. Preparatory work has been firmly anchored in the lessons of international experiences that stress the need for prevention rather than end-of-pipe controls, which have proven to be costly and frequently ineffective. Involvement of the private sector and civil society in SPS capacity building is necessary to ensure the right technical issues and challenges are addressed and for longer-term sustainability. During the project preparation phase, workshops to consult the private sector on SPS issues were held in Cambodia and the Lao PDR, which contributed to the overall project design. Likewise, coordination with the GMS working group on agriculture has been maintained.

Impact Food products become safer, more efficiently produced, and traded in greater quantities
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced SPS food safety management system
Progress Toward Outcome The project has just engaged the services of a consulting firm which commenced services in April 2105. Pls see details below.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Strengthened food safety surveillance, handling and inspection system designed and implemented

Improved regional cooperation and harmonization

Effective project management

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

A consulting firm was enaged to provide consulting services for Management Support, Surveillance System, Import Handling, and Restaurant Grading in Tourist Areas comprising of six international experts for 31.5 person months and 11 national experts for 149 person months. The services were to be completed in for 39 months with completion in June 2018. The firm commenced their services on 9 April 2015 and a copy of the Inception Report was submitted to ADB on 16 June 2015 and comments were provided on 6 July 2015. ADB requested the consultants should closely follow their TOR to ensure delivery of their tasks. Revised Inception Report received 9 Sept

Additional activities in June 2015

1. Withdrawal application increasing the Imprest account to $700,000 is being processed to finance workshops and training up to 31 Dec 2015

2. Contract for 2 mobile vehicles is for submission to ADB.

3. BER for the first set of ICB package is being finalized.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects na
Involuntary Resettlement na
Indigenous Peoples na
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All procurement will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. No works are foreseen. No advance action was undertaken.
Procurement All procurement will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. No works are foreseen. No advance action was undertaken.
Responsible ADB Officer Lingling Ding
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Health
138A Giang Vo Str.
Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Concept Clearance 23 Nov 2010
Fact Finding 10 Oct 2011 to 14 Oct 2011
MRM 07 Aug 2012
Approval 20 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2015

Loan 2944-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Nov 2012 17 Jan 2013 16 May 2013 31 Dec 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 11.72 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 11.00 20 Nov 2012 1.02 0.00 10%
Counterpart 0.72 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 20 Nov 2012 0.81 0.00 8%

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