Regional: Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector

Sovereign Project | 46191-001 Status: Active

Summary

The objective of the R-PATA is to promote greater dialogue and partnership between Customs administrations and the trade-related private sector in the 5 GMS countries in order to identify and remove constraints to cross border trade. More efficient trading of goods across GMS border crossings will contribute to economic corridor development.

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Project Name Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector
Project Number 46191-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8707-REG: Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The objective of the R-PATA is to promote greater dialogue and partnership between Customs administrations and the trade-related private sector in the 5 GMS countries in order to identify and remove constraints to cross border trade. More efficient trading of goods across GMS border crossings will contribute to economic corridor development.
Impact Partnerships are forged between customs administrations and the trade-related private sector, thereby facilitating the cross-border movement of goods along economic corridors.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Established or strengthened schemes and measures for customs administrations to better coordinate with the private sector for more effective trade facilitation
Progress Toward Outcome Project implementation has been initiated in Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. Various measures and schemes to strengthen private sector's compliance have been identified and being improved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Trade facilitation constraints and solutions are identified via surveys of the trade-related private sector.

Capacity and procedures of customs administrations improved to enable more effective partnership and engagement with the trade-related private sector

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

1. Trade survey had been conducted in Myanmar, and the report was published in late 2015. Based on the survey findings, multiple initiatives have been developed with Myanmar Customs and private sector stakeholders to undertake relevant measures to improve trade facilitation. Similar survey in Viet Nam is in progress, with report scheduled for publication by end of 2016. Survey in other participating countries could be considered as appropriate.

2. Capacity building programs for trade-related private sector, Customs officers and Other Government Agency officials to strengthen their understanding and coordination to facilitate international trade supply chains have been delivered, namely (i) implementation of WTO Valuation Agreement; (ii) International Trade Supply Chain; and (iii) possible training, testing and licensing schemes for Customs brokers.

3. The development or strengthening of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) schemes have commenced in Cambodia, Myanmar and Viet Nam, with complementing capacity building programs to be delivered to ensure their efficient and effective implementation.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Various consultation with Customs administrations in partcipating countries were undertaken.
During Project Implementation Initial consultation with Customs administrations, trade ministries and related stakeholders were conducted in 2014 - 2016 to identify and refine the scope of project activities in 2015-2017.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 106 person-months of consultancy services will be engaged consisting of 21 person-months of international consultancy and 85 person months of national consultancy. International consultancy inputs consist of 16 person-months for a Team Leader and Customs Specialist and 5 person-months for resource persons. National consultancy inputs consist of 65 person-months for 5 Trade Facilitation Country Specialists and 20 person-months for a Project Administrator.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Hung Nguyen
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 18 Jan 2013
Fact Finding 12 Jul 2013 to 18 Jul 2013
MRM -
Approval 22 Aug 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 8707-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 22 Aug 2014 847,210.32

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