Regional: Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012

Sovereign Project | 45421-001

Summary

The expected impact of the SSTA is the increase of understanding and knowledge among countries in South Asia on trade facilitation measures. The expected outcome is a wide dissemination of knowledge on trade facilitation to the APTFF member countries. To obtain these desired impact and outcome, the expected outputs of the APTFF include (i) a successful organization of the APTFF and side events, including a study tour to Colombo port, a multimedia exhibition event on new instruments and tools for trade facilitation, and at least one technical capacity building workshop; (ii) preparation and presentation of 8 to 10 research papers at the APTFF; and (iii) a joint ADB-ESCAP publication related to the theme of the APTFF, including presented research papers, and inputs of the APTFF participants.

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Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012 Jul 2014

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Project Name Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012
Project Number 45421-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8021-REG: Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The expected impact of the SSTA is the increase of understanding and knowledge among countries in South Asia on trade facilitation measures. The expected outcome is a wide dissemination of knowledge on trade facilitation to the APTFF member countries. To obtain these desired impact and outcome, the expected outputs of the APTFF include (i) a successful organization of the APTFF and side events, including a study tour to Colombo port, a multimedia exhibition event on new instruments and tools for trade facilitation, and at least one technical capacity building workshop; (ii) preparation and presentation of 8 to 10 research papers at the APTFF; and (iii) a joint ADB-ESCAP publication related to the theme of the APTFF, including presented research papers, and inputs of the APTFF participants.

ADB and UNESCAP will convene a meeting with selected representatives of governments, research institutes and private sector to discuss and determine the theme and relevant topics for the APTFF. Research papers will be commissioned and circulated for review and comments before the APTFF. The plenary sessions will have panel discussions. Panelist will be renowned researchers or practioners in their field.

Expected participants to the 2012 APTFF are (i) senior government officials involved in trade facilitation from Central Asia, South, Southeast, East Asia, and the South Pacific; (ii) trade facilitation service providers and private sector associations; (iii) representatives of regional and international academia; and (iv) representatives of international organizations, and resource persons from other regional groupings outside Asia.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Over the past decades, multilateral, preferential trading arrangements and notably unilateral liberalization efforts have succeeded in bringing down tariffs and establishing rules for phasing out non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in South Asia. However, the costs of inefficient administration and cumbersome trade procedures in South Asia have become increasingly visible. Time and monetary costs of cross border trade in South Asia are still high relative to other developing regions: On average, time for export was 32 days in 2010 - time to import was 33 days -, about three times the time for export in developed countries, and twice the average time for export in Southeast Asia. South Asia is lagging almost every category of the logistics Performance Index as compared with other Asian countries. South Asia is constrained by infrastructure, low quality of logistic services, and lack of reliability of in delivery times. In addition, the poor performance of the region is also caused by weak institutional structure, a large number of trading documents, incomplete customs automation, inefficient transit agreements, and weak coordination mechanisms.

Within this context, trade facilitation has become the key to unlocking the opportunities of South Asia's intraregional trade. As a result, the 16th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in 2010 underlined the need for taking concrete measures to accelerate trade facilitation measures within the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA).

ADB and UNESCAP are two leading regional institutions in Asia and the Pacific for trade facilitation. ADB's support for trade facilitation follows a bottom-up and projects-driven approach to address infrastructural and logistic bottlenecks to trade facilitation. UNESCAP's support for trade facilitation focuses on research, capacity building, and facilitation of Asia-wide policy dialogue and exchange for trade facilitation. The APTFF is an ideal platform to leverage the comparative advantages of the two institutions in trade facilitation for the benefits of developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Impact Improved intraregional trade
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced understanding on trade facilitation
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

APTFF and side events successfully organized

Research papers commissioned and presented

APTFF book published

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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 The TA will finance 4 person-months of international consulting services and a total of 5 person-months of resource persons. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB Guidleines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of equipment, if any, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Cuong Minh Nguyen
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 19 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Dec 2011

TA 8021-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2011 - 19 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00 345,000.00 19 Dec 2011 183,114.12
Title Document Type Document Date
Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2012 TA Completion Reports Jul 2014

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