Regional: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program

Sovereign Project | 45260-001 Status: Closed

Summary

ADB is helping three countries in South Asia boost intraregional trade by overhauling time-consuming and costly customs procedures. The project will assist Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal in adopting international practices and upgrading to automated, transparent customs systems, including “single window” systems to simplify transactions. It will also set up web-based information for traders.

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Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Project Number 45260-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0321-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 3.33 million
Grant 0322-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Loan 2954-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 21.00 million
Loan 2955-REG: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 8.34 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector 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 Ongoing
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Second and final tranche released.

For Bangladesh, the following have been achieved:

1. Proposed amendment to the Customs Act, 1969 to make it fully compliant with the General Annex of the Revised Kyoto Convention approved by the cabinet.

2. Completed a regulatory impact assessment of proposed amendments to the Customs Act and legislation to make them fully compliant with the General Annex.

3. Issued a directive to establish an authorized economic operators program

4. NBR issued updated standard operating procedures on risk management, post-clearance audit, assessment, physical inspection, and non-intrusive inspection that are compliant with the SAFE Framework.

5. Completed a WCO time release study covering Chittagong Port and Benapole Land Port operations to serve as benchmarks for a performance monitoring system.

6. NBR launched its operations of the Automated System for Customs Data World with a pilot national single window program.

For Bhutan the following have been achieved

1. Submitted to the WCO, Bhutan's instrument of accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention.

2. Finalized a regulatory impact assessment report on the proposed amendments to the Bhutan laws, rules, and regulations, which are required to ensure Bhutan's compliance with the General Annex of the Revised Kyoto Convention

3. Department of Revenue and Customs will have piloted the Customs Management System Component of Revenue Administration Management Information System in accordance with its approved Action Plan.

4. Department of Revenue and Customs, in coordination with the Trade Facilitation Committee, will have piloted the RAMIS-based automation of the application and approval process of trade-related transactions at Bhutan border agencies.

For Nepal, the following have been achieved:

1. Ministry of Finance forwarded to Cabinet a proposal to submit a resolution to the legislature Parliament for Nepal's accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention

2. Completed a Regulatory Impact Assessment of proposed amendments to the Customs Act 2007, and related regulations to make fully compliant with the General Annex of the Revised Kyoto Convention

3. The Cabinet will have issued a directive to establish a National Single Window program that will (i) specify the lead agency and other participating agencies, (ii) outline the roles and responsibilities of participating agencies, and (iii) provide an implementation plan, which includes gender and social inclusion objectives.

4. Established a client service center at the customs border posts at Birgunj, Biratnagar, and Bhairahawa.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

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

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ronald Antonio Butiong
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
National Board of Revenue
SKARIM1@VERIZON.NET (SYED AMINUL KARIM)
Rajashwa Bhaban Segunbagicha, Dhaka 1000
Bangladesh

Timetable

Concept Clearance 19 Sep 2012
Fact Finding 26 Aug 2012 to 07 Sep 2012
MRM 28 Sep 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Sep 2015

Grant 0321-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2012 30 Jan 2013 26 Mar 2013 31 Dec 2015 - 26 Mar 2013
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 3.33 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 3.33 29 Nov 2012 3.33 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Nov 2012 3.33 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Grant 0322-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2012 25 Feb 2013 10 Apr 2013 31 Dec 2015 - 15 Nov 2015
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 29 Nov 2012 15.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Nov 2012 15.00 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Loan 2954-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2012 20 Jan 2013 19 Apr 2013 31 Dec 2015 - 15 Nov 2015
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 21.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 21.00 29 Nov 2012 20.21 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Nov 2012 20.21 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory

Loan 2955-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2012 30 Jan 2013 26 Mar 2013 31 Dec 2015 - 15 Nov 2015
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 8.34 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 8.34 29 Nov 2012 7.96 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Nov 2012 7.96 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program (Second Tranche) - Bhutan: Progress Report on Tranche Release Progress Reports on Tranche Releases Dec 2014
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program (Second Tranche) - Nepal: Progress Report on Tranche Release Progress Reports on Tranche Releases Nov 2014
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program (Second Tranche) - Bangladesh: Progress Report on Tranche Release Progress Reports on Tranche Releases Nov 2014
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program: Project Data Sheet (Dzongkha Translation) Translated PDS Mar 2013
Grant Agreement for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program - Nepal Component Grant Agreement Feb 2013
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program: Project Data Sheet (नेपाली) Translated PDS Feb 2013
দক্ষিণ এশিয়া উপ-আঞ্চলিক অর্থনৈতিক সহযোগিতা বাণিজ্য সুবিধা কর্মসূচি: প্রকল্প তথ্যপত্র Translated PDS Feb 2013
Financing Agreement (Special Operations) for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program (Bhutan Component) Financing Agreement Jan 2013
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program (Bangladesh Component) Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jan 2013
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2012

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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