Regional: Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

Sovereign Project | 46019-001 Status: Closed

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Project Name Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Project Number 46019-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8386-REG: Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Health - Health system development

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome TA has been finalized.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

After finalizing the assessment report, a concluding workshop was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic on 26-27 January 2015. The workshop presented RETA findings, conclusions, and recommendations and discussed proposed next steps for ensuring animal and plant health and food safety while facilitating trade expansion among CAREC countries.

As a result of the assessments, a CAREC common agenda for the modernization of SPS measures was developed. The agenda was presented at the CAREC Senior Official Meeting in August 2015. It was decided to table it at the CAREC Ministerial Conference to seek endorsement. The Common agenda is expected to be endorsed on 25 September 2015.

Initial draft final report being reviewed.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design An initial analysis of SPS measures was undertaken from 14 January to 9 February 2012 in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and the People's Republic of China (PRC) in March 2012. Consultations were held with representatives of each country's Customs Authority, Ministry of Economy and Trade, SPS Enquiry Points (required of WTO member countries), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health and the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The findings and recommendations of the mission and report were discussed during a workshop held in Bangkok on 25- 26 July 2012. All CAREC countries participated and countries that were not visited during the mission made presentations on SPS policies and practices prevailing in their countries.
During Project Implementation

Missions to all CAREC countries were undertaken by the team of consultants to collect data and hold discussions and consultations with SPS agencies.

A final regional validation workshop was held in January 2015 in Bishkek were findings of the study were presented. All CAREC countries participated. The results of the workshop and agreements made on potential work areas will be reported to the CAREC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) and Ministerial Conference (MC) in September 2015.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A team of four international consultants (11 person-months) and two national consultants (10 person-months) will be required to provide advisory and technical services under the TA.

The international consultants will be specialists in the areas of plant health, animal health, and food safety. They will be supervised by ADB's task managers. A lead expert will serve as team leader responsible for coordinating a small team of experts that will work primarily in the field. The reporting requirements will generally include inception, interim, and final reports. In addition to their professional contributions, all consultants and resource persons are to assist ADB in disseminating best practices and supporting high-level policy dialogues through knowledge products such as strategic publications, policy, and strategy papers.

National consultants will be recruited to assist the international consultants by researching and compiling relevant documents and information, translating documents, organizing the concluding conference, and providing administrative and logistical support. The national consultants will have extensive, in-depth regional and local knowledge and good contacts in the areas of SPS and trade facilitation. The national consultants will be supervised by the international consultants and the ADB task managers.

ADB will endeavor to recruit a firm to assemble the consulting team. However, due to the specialized nature of the assignment, it may be necessary to recruit qualified individuals. For recruitment of a firm, the preferred selection method is quality- and cost-based selection, with a quality-cost ratio of 80:20. If no suitable firms can provide the required expertise, consultants may be hired individually. All consultants will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Procurement No procurement of goods and services

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Maria Cristina Lozano Astray
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 09 Oct 2012
Fact Finding 02 May 2013 to 03 May 2013
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Sep 2015

TA 8386-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jun 2013 - 18 Jun 2013 31 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 560,000.00 18 Jun 2013 412,064.70

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