Regional: Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation (Greater Mekong Subregion/Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand)

Sovereign Project | 45100-001 Status: Closed


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Project Name Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation (Greater Mekong Subregion/Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand)
Project Number 45100-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8079-REG: Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation (Greater Mekong Subregion/Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand)
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Lead consultant recruited. TRS workshops have been undertaken in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia and Viet Nam. TRS has been conducted in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. Exit conferences to disseminate the results of TRS have been organized in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. Consultations with other participating countries on schedule of proposed TRS are ongoing.

Current Customs legislations have been reviewed for Cambodia and Lao PDR by conducting gap analysis to determine compliance with the provisions of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC).

A dialogue among Directors General/Commissioners of Customs administrations has been supported.

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

The TA recruited three Customs and Time Release Study (TRS) experts to support participating countries in the conduct of TRS and assist in improving Customs procedures. The TA supported the preparation and/or dissemination of TRS for Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Viet Nam. A total of eight TRS-related workshops and conferences were conducted under the TA. A preparatory regional workshop on TRS was held in Bangkok to provide an opportunity for countries to share their experience and key findings on TRS. As a culminating activity under the TA, a regional conference was held in Tokyo to discuss the recommendations derived from the country and regional TRS reports and a TRS action plan for the region. A compendium of all TRS reports was published and distributed to countries at the Tokyo Regional Conference.

The TA was originally scheduled for implementation from 31 May 2012 to 30 April 2014 but was extended to 31 October 2015. In November 2014, a minor change in implementation arrangement was approved to include Myanmar as a TA recipient country. In March and June 2015, minor changes in implementation arrangements were approved to implement activities agreed upon by the participating countries, the Government of Japan, and ADB.

The TA supported three capacity-building workshops on Advance Rulings and Rules of Origin in Cambodia and two workshops/seminars for Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) in Viet Nam. The second workshop for AEO was a pilot undertaking jointly conducted with the World Customs Organization (WCO).

Two international consultants, a Cargo Tracking Specialist and a Cargo Clearance Specialist, were recruited for a study to introduce cargo tracking system to secure Customs transit in Cambodia and to develop a handbook on cargo clearance procedure. The Handbook in both English and Khmer was completed and posted on the website of Cambodia's General Department of Customs and Excise.

A report on gap analysis in light of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) was prepared and submitted each to the Customs administrations in Cambodia and Lao PDR. A Trade Facilitation legal expert and a national consultant were engaged under the TA to support Myanmar in this regard. However, a full gap analysis for RKC in Myanmar was postponed to 2016 in view of the General Elections held in November 2015.

The RETA also supported the "Asia and the Pacific and the Americas: Customs Leader's Partnership Dialogue" that was held in Panama April 2013 co-organized with the WCO and IDB.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A team of consultants will be engaged to provide advisory and technical services for the R-PATA. The TA will require the services of 40 person-months of international consulting services and 81 person-months of national consulting services. The general requirements for these consultants would be: (i) relevant technical expertise based on training and professional experience; (ii) familiarity with regional cooperation concepts and initiatives; (iii) excellent communication skills, both oral and written; and (iv) skills on human relations and ability to work with a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.

The consultants will prepare reports on their tasks and other such reports as required and requested by the R-PATA. The basic reports will include the following unless otherwise specified: (i) inception report due within one month from start of engagement; (ii) interim report, to include results from field visits and consultations; and (iii) final report.

Procurement Some office, telecommunication and transport equipment will be procured for TA implementation, in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Shunichi Hinata
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 15 Nov 2011
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

TA 8079-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 May 2012 - 17 May 2012 30 Apr 2014 31 Oct 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 17 May 2012 1,097,232.59

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