Regional: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation - Transport and Trade Facilitation: Border Crossing Point Improvement and Single Window Development Project

Sovereign Project | 44048-012

Summary

The proposed project will (i) support NSW development in selected CAREC member countries and (ii) develop a regional platform for the networking of NSWs for the CAREC region through public private partnerships and the establishment of the Alliance of National Single Window Operators of CAREC. It aims to maximize the regional public good feature of BCP and SW development through a regional approach. Issues on enabling policies will continue to be addressed by broader CAREC trade and transport facilitation programs. It is envisaged that all eight CAREC member countries will be participating in the project and that the five ADF eligible countries will have access to regional Asian Development Fund (ADF) funds. The Regional Joint Transport and Trade Facilitation Committee (RJC), whose members are nominees of National Joint Transport and Trade Facilitation Committees (NJCs), will provide the overall guidance in project implementation.

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Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation - Transport and Trade Facilitation: Border Crossing Point Improvement and Single Window Development Project
Project Number 44048-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7775-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation - Transport and Trade Facilitation: Border Crossing Point Improvement and Single Window Development Project
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development
Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The proposed project will (i) support NSW development in selected CAREC member countries and (ii) develop a regional platform for the networking of NSWs for the CAREC region through public private partnerships and the establishment of the Alliance of National Single Window Operators of CAREC. It aims to maximize the regional public good feature of BCP and SW development through a regional approach. Issues on enabling policies will continue to be addressed by broader CAREC trade and transport facilitation programs. It is envisaged that all eight CAREC member countries will be participating in the project and that the five ADF eligible countries will have access to regional Asian Development Fund (ADF) funds. The Regional Joint Transport and Trade Facilitation Committee (RJC), whose members are nominees of National Joint Transport and Trade Facilitation Committees (NJCs), will provide the overall guidance in project implementation.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Efficient and increased movement of goods and people across CAREC countries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Speedy-low cost and predictable processes for cross-border transport and trade activities
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Adequate infrastructure, good transport and trade logistics facilities developed at selected BCPs and integrated processes among border control agencies

2. A single filing, streamlined, inter-operable and cost efficient clearance process within and across CAREC member countries

3. Effective leadership, administration and coordination mechanisms among various agencies

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

Consultants were engaged in April 2011, and the consulting team mobilized in May 2011. Consultants conducted field work in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. A status report was submitted in advance of a project inception meeting convened in Baku on 9 June 2011, in which the consultants and representatives of all ten CAREC countries took part. A tentative list of priority border crossing points for possible inclusion in the proposed project was developed at the Baku meeting. The consultants carried out further field work on the basis of this list. A formal inception report was submitted and accepted following the Baku meeting.

Subsequent to submission of its inception report, the consulting team conducted field work in the Kyrgyz Republic, the People's Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan. An ADB mission joined the consultants in the Kyrgyz Republic in August 2011 for a series of visits to border crossing points, meetings with single window software developers and the intended operator, and a wrap-up meeting with the State Customs Committee chairman. Substantial progress has been made in identifying investments under the single window component.

Further progress needs to be made under the border crossing improvement component of the project. The consultants have submitted an interim report to ADB. ADB has reviewed and commented on the report, which the consultants will revise and resubmit to ADB. The consultants provided a general, qualitative assessment of possible project locations, but did not deliver specific investment proposals.

To augment the selected firm's PPTA management and project preparation, ADB encouraged, and the firm agreed, to engage the first runner-up to focus on developing specific investment proposals with quantitative substantiation. The closing date of the R-PPTA has been extended to 31 December 2012, a cumulative 12 months, to allow sufficient time for completion of project preparation activities. Difficulties encountered have been overcome, a series of technical reports have been prepared and delivered that enabled ADB staff to prepare the required project documentation, and project preparation activities are now nearing completion.

The TA was physically completed on 31 December 2012. The TA account is presently open until 31 March 2013 to finish the activities related to financial closing of the TA, including submission of the final statement of eligible costs and final invoice. Recently, however, the Government of Mongolia has indicated its renewed interest in participating in the project. To ensure that resources are available to conduct any further due diligence that may be required subsequent to technical discussions held in November 2012, the project team has requested extension of the TA to 31 December 2013. This will be the second extension of the TA, amounting to a cumulative total of 24 months from the original completion date of 31 December 2011.

The ensuing RIBS Project envisaged participation by the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Tajikistan. Negotiations with Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan were successfully concluded in early November 2012. Following technical discussions with Mongolia on 16-17 November 2012, however, Government of Mongolia refused to endorse a proposal by the Executing and Implementing Agencies to seek ADB funding for the proposed investments. The proposed project presented for consideration by the Board of Directors involves the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

The proposed completion date extension to 31 December 2013 will allow ADB to continue processing the RIBS project for Mongolia and to engage individual experts to conduct further due diligence requirements should Mongolia''s interest in participating in RIBS be sustained.

Geographical Location Regional/cross-country
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A January 2010 mission consulted widely with DMC officials and development partners to establish project parameters. Ongoing dialogue with members of the CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarder Associations and regular CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring data submissions have helped to clarify the need for investments and confirmed project parameters.
During Project Implementation

The consultants conducted seminars for Uzbek Customs (i) to support preparations for the conduct of Time Release Studies at selected border crossing points, and (ii) to share in greater detail the experience of Azerbaijan in developing and operating its single window facility. ADB reconnaissance and fact-finding missions consulted development partners and anticipated project beneficiaries to ensure that project design did not duplicate ongoing efforts and that private sector concerns and priorities are incorporated into project design.

An Initial Environmental Examination and Resettlement Plan for the proposed project were prepared during June-November 2012. These undertakings involved substantial consultations with affected persons.

A May 2013 mission to Mongolia met with representatives of key agencies involved in single window facility development to agree a series of next steps that might lead to the design of a bankable investment project.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The R-PPTA will require the services of international consultants (up to 47 person-months) and national consultants (up to 94 person-months). Expertise in the following areas of work will be sought: transport; customs/BCP control; trade logistics; financial analysis/economics; SW development; ICT; governance/procurement; and social safeguards. ADB will select and engage the consultants in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (as amended from time to time.) The proposed R-PPTA will rely principally on consulting firms, with independent financial and economic analysis conducted by a separate firm/expert.

International and regional/national consultants will be recruited to support the implementation of various aspects of the R-PPTA. The consultants should possess good knowledge of, and sufficient experience in, the respective technical areas of engagement and in the CAREC region. International consultants will be responsible and accountable for technical outputs of the R-PPTA, based on their knowledge of international experiences and best practices. They will also be responsible for providing advice on key technical issues to policy makers and conducting stakeholder consultations. National consultants will be recruited to assist the international consultants, provide general background and specific studies, and translate documents. Specifically;

Transport specialists (international, 6 person-months, and regional/national, 12 person-months) will identify major transport bottlenecks and weaknesses at BCPs; evaluate technical and financial viability of investment proposals based on detailed engineering design; assess the technical implementation capability of EAs and IAs, and, working with governance/procurement specialists, formulate procurement plans.

Customs/BCP control specialists (international, 9 person-months, and regional/national, 18 person-months) will identify major BCP process-related bottlenecks and weaknesses; evaluate the technical and financial viability of investment proposals for BCP modernization and streamlining processes; assess the technical implementation capability of EAs and IAs, and working with governance/procurement specialists, to formulate procurement plans.

Trade logistics specialists (international, 8 person-months, and regional/national, 16 person-months) will identify major bottlenecks and weaknesses in trade and transport logistics facilities at BCPs; work together with respective NJCs and in coordination with RJC to come up with investment plans; evaluate the technical and financial viability of each investment proposal based on detailed engineering design and cost estimates; assess respective EA and IAs' project implementation capability; and, working with governance/procurement specialists, formulate procurement plans.

Financial analysts/economists (international, 6 person-months, and regional/national, 12 person-months) will, based on financial information at individual investment levels, conduct financial analyses to establish sustainability for each CAREC member country participating in the project and for the whole region. Based on information from financial analyses and other social and economic information, they will conduct economic analysis for each CAREC member country and for the region as a whole.

SW development specialists (international, 6 person-months, and regional/national, 12 person-months) will review and help improve the SW development and implementation master plans at the country level to achieve regional networking and interoperability; evaluate the technical and financial viability of investment needs; identify customized software and hardware requirements and related cost estimates and training needs; assess the project implementation capability of EAs and IAs; and, working with governance/procurement specialists, formulate procurement plans.

ICT specialists (international, 3 person-months, and regional/national, 6 person-months) will work together with the SW development specialists to review the readiness of various trade related agencies for SW operations; recommend necessary investments and evaluate the technical and financial viability of these projects; assess the project implementation capability of EAs and IAs; and working, with governance/procurement specialists. formulate procurement plans.

Governance/procurement specialists (international, 4 person-months, and regional/national, 8 person-months) will work together with technical specialists in various fields to assess public financial management standards and practices, and procurement and anticorruption policies and practices; evaluate policy, legal, and institutional capacity in enforcing good governance, and identify other institutional issues and mechanisms; and ensure procurement plans and bidding documents follow international best practices.

Environment, Social and safe guard specialists (international, 5 person-months, and regional/national, 10 person-months) will assess and quantify project's impacts on poverty reduction, either direct or indirect; evaluate social impacts such as HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking as potential negative impacts of trade facilitation; develop safeguard frameworks, and conduct, if necessary, environmental assessments, involuntary resettlement assessment, indigenous peoples assessment for selected subprojects.

Responsible ADB Officer Jeff Procak
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Aug 2010
Fact Finding 09 Jan 2010 to 21 Jan 2010
MRM -
Approval 13 Jan 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2013

TA 7775-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Jan 2011 - 13 Jan 2011 31 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 13 Jan 2011 1,753,532.87

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