Regional: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Midterm Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan

Sovereign Project | 46263-001

Summary

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy developed with Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance (TA) and endorsed by CAREC countries in 2007 aims to support CAREC's goal of development through cooperation by upgrading, through construction and rehabilitation, key corridors across the region and simplifying and harmonizing the regulations that govern cross-border trade in the region.

The TA will contribute to expanded trade among CAREC countries and between CAREC countries and the rest of the world. The outcome of the TA will be the endorsement and adoption of the updated CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy by the CAREC countries.

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Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Midterm Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan
Project Number 46263-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8160-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Midterm Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 8160-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Midterm Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy developed with Asian Development Bank (ADB) technical assistance (TA) and endorsed by CAREC countries in 2007 aims to support CAREC's goal of development through cooperation by upgrading, through construction and rehabilitation, key corridors across the region and simplifying and harmonizing the regulations that govern cross-border trade in the region.

The TA will contribute to expanded trade among CAREC countries and between CAREC countries and the rest of the world. The outcome of the TA will be the endorsement and adoption of the updated CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy by the CAREC countries.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Central Asia is landlocked and therefore high transport costs constitute a major constraint to its development. Meanwhile, Central Asia has a potential to become important transit routes connecting East Asia and Europe, as well as South Asia and the Russian Federation.

The CAREC Program aims to promote development in the CAREC countries by strengthening their economic links through cooperation. As transport is a priority sector under CAREC, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) helped develop the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy (the Strategy) in 2008 under the regional technical assistance. The Strategy has the goal of developing an efficient regional transport network for optimal integration of the region internally and with the rest of the world. The Strategy identified six corridors and was to be implemented over a period of ten years till 2017. The Strategy requires a midterm review during 2012-2013, which will refine the Strategy, if necessary, for effective implementation during the remaining period.

The 10th Ministerial Conference on CAREC, held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 5-6 November 2011, called for the midterm review of the Strategy. A regional technical assistance (TA) grant from ADB has been extended to finance the midterm review of the Strategy.

Significant progress has been made on implementing the Strategy. As of the end of 2012, 80% of the total 8,640 kilometers of the CAREC corridors built or improved, which exceeded the cumulative targets for 2012, set in 2008. This has greatly contributed to increased traffic (including transit traffic) and trade flows in the CAREC region, as well as between CAREC and neighboring regions.

Despite the important progress, a number of development issues in the transport sector remain to be addressed. These issues are (i) connectivity, (ii) sustainability, (iii) road safety, and (iv) delays in cross-border movements.

Impact Expanded trade among CAREC countries, and between CAREC countries and the rest of the world.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Updated CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy endorsed and updated by the CAREC countries.
Progress Toward Outcome Outcome achieved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Comprehensive stock-take report on the implementation of the CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy, 2008-2012

Updated CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy

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

Output achieved. Comprehensive stock-take report finalized.

Output achieved. CAREC Transport and Trade Faclilitation Strategy 2020 endorsed at the 12th Ministerial Conference on CAREC in October 2013 and published in February 2014.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA was designed in consultation with stakeholders and endorsed at the 10th CAREC Transport Sector Coordinating Committee Meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2011, and at the Tenth Ministerial Conference on CAREC held in Baku, Azerbaijan in November 2011.
During Project Implementation During TA implementation, stakeholder consultation will continue through country-based meetings to discuss the draft report on the stock-take of the implementation progress of the action plan, and to discuss the draft of the updated and refined strategy and action plan.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time) using QCBS procurement method.
Procurement Procurement will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Ko Sakamoto
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Jun 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 14 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

TA 8160-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2012 - 14 Sep 2012 30 Nov 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,725,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,725,000.00 14 Sep 2012 1,475,094.23

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