Regional: Development of Regional Cooperation Programs for Mongolia and the People's Republic of China (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 44046-012 Status: Closed

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Project Name Development of Regional Cooperation Programs for Mongolia and the People's Republic of China (Phase 2)
Project Number 44046-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7618-REG: Development of Regional Cooperation Programs for Mongolia and the People's Republic of China (Phase 2)
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 900,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The coordination between the two governments on regional cooperation has been strengthened. Cooperation in customs and transport have made concrete progress.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The PRC-Mongolia Joint Consultation Workshop on Regional Cooperation was organized in 26-27 May 2011. The two governments reviewed the progress of regional cooperation in the past three years and agreed on priority actions for the 2011 and 2012. A field visit was organized for Mongolian participants to Tianjin Port, which serves as the seaport for Mongolia's international trade. The two governments also agreed to expand the PRC-Mongolia cooperation into the sanitary and phyto-sanitary area.

Three PRC-Mongolia JCC working group meetings have been organized under the TA on 30 May-1 June 2011 in Ulaanbaatar, 22-24 May 2012 in Erlian of PRC and 12-16 November 2013 respectively. The JCC pilot, which was originally introduced in December 2009 in Zamyn-Uud and Erlian, has been expanded to cover 4 pairs of border crossing points. The JCC working group meeting in November 2013 reviewed the progress of the JCC pilot tests since 2009, and concluded that (i) JCC has helped streamline the customs inspection; (ii) use of the harmonized cargo manifests has reduced time and cost for traders and also helped reduce the incidences of customs violations; and (iii) accuracy of data on cross-border road transport has improved. A special JCC working group meeting on e-Manifest was held on 13-15 August 2014, and both sides have agreed on a set of technical specifications of the design of e-Manifest. They further agreed to officially launch the e-Manifest before the end of 2015. ADB will continue to help organize the JCC working group meetings and support the further expansion and deepening of JCC between the two countries.

The TA has supported six training courses for Mongolian customs officers in Shanghai Customs College, which is the Asia-Pacific Regional Training Center designated by World Customs Organization, including two courses in June 2011, two courses in June 2012, and two courses in May 2013 respectively. The key subjects covered by the training include customs risk management, application of modern ICT in customs management, management of special customs zone, etc..

The TA is also helping the two governments establish a bilateral mechanism for dialogues to address various issues related to border area development. Initial focus will be on the border area covering Zamyn-Uud and Erlian which serve as the major gateway for bilateral and transit trade.

The PRC-Mongolia transport working group meetings have been held anually. The amended road transport agreement was signed on 16 June 2011 in Beijing during the official visit of the Mongolian Prime Minister to PRC. A team of PRC and Mongolian national consultants engaged under the TA is preparing operational manuals for implementing the road transport agreements. The working group meetings was organized on 28-29 September 2013 in Hohhot, PRC and 25-26 September 2014 respectively to discuss the details of the manual, which is expected to be finalized before end of 2014. A study tour was organized for Mongolian transport officials to the PRC to learn PRC's experience in national and provincial transport planning and multimodal transport (including logistics) development. Other capacity building activities will also be organized in collaboration with the transport ministries of the two countries. PRC and MON transport officials also conduct a joint field tour of the CAREC corridor 4b on 27-28 September 2014.

ADB is also facilitating dialogues between the inspection and quarantine agencies of the two countries with a view to launch cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) areas.

The TA also provided funding support to the organization of RCI conference held in Kunming of the PRC in March 2012. The conference, the first ever of its kind, brought together about two hundred senior government officials and private sector representatives from ADB's developing member countries to share experience in implementing RCI programs and agree on future priorities in RCI for Asia and the Pacific region.

Due to the latested government changes in MON in second half of 2014, TA implementation had some delay. The completion date of the TA has been extended to 31 December 2015.

Major progress achieved in TA implementation in 2015 include the following: (i) the customs authorities of the two countries agreed to launch e-manifest by November 2015; (ii) a joint case-study of JCC was conducted, supported by international consultant; (iii) the transport agreement operational manual was finanlized, ready for printing and distribution in November; (iv) the PRC and MON transport ministries signed a MOU that will allow Mongolian vehicles to drive to Tianjin and PRC vehicles to drive to Ulaanbaatarthat, providing great facilitation to cross-border transport.

The project was completed by 31 December 2015.

Geographical Location PRC and Mongolia

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The project was designed in response to the request of, and in consultation with the governments of PRC and Mongolia. The actions of the TA are jointly identified by the countries.
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will finance up to 10 person-months of international consulting services and 20 person-months of national consulting services. The consultants will be engaged by ADB as individuals in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Yuebin Zhang
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 31 Mar 2010
Fact Finding 17 May 2010 to 21 May 2010
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 29 Apr 2010
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 7618-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Oct 2010 - 14 Oct 2010 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00 14 Oct 2010 671,361.51

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