Myanmar: Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation (Myanmar)

Sovereign Project | 46269-001

Summary

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) vision of an integrated Southeast Asian community --- a single market and production base --- rests on the free flow of goods, services, investments, capital, and skilled labor among member states. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting AEC's vision by enhancing transport and trade facilitation (TTF) through three subregional groupings supported by ADB: (i) the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, (ii) the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and (iii) the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Strengthening TTF to enable cheaper and faster transport across borders has been a priority in the GMS, where member countries approved a program of action for TTF at the 16th Ministerial Conference in Ha Noi in August 2010 to guide their cooperation in this area.

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Project Name Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation (Myanmar)
Project Number 46269-001
Country Myanmar
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8190-MYA: Trade Facilitation Support for ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint Implementation
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) vision of an integrated Southeast Asian community --- a single market and production base --- rests on the free flow of goods, services, investments, capital, and skilled labor among member states. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is promoting AEC's vision by enhancing transport and trade facilitation (TTF) through three subregional groupings supported by ADB: (i) the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, (ii) the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and (iii) the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Strengthening TTF to enable cheaper and faster transport across borders has been a priority in the GMS, where member countries approved a program of action for TTF at the 16th Ministerial Conference in Ha Noi in August 2010 to guide their cooperation in this area. The proposed Small-Scale Technical Assistance (SSTA) to Myanmar complements and builds on ADB support for TTF in the subregion.

In November 2010, the Government of Japan announced a new initiative providing $25 million to support trade facilitation in Asia, to be administered by ADB and implemented through a coordinated platform comprising four institutions: ADB, the Customs and Tariff Bureau of Japan's Ministry of Finance (JMOF), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the World Customs Organization (WCO). The initiative ( Asia Cargo Highway Initiative; ACH) was further elaborated and discussed, with ADB participation, at an ASEAN-Japan Directors-General Customs Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in April 2011. Several coordination meetings were conducted among the four partner institutions during 2011. Joint consultation missions including all four institutions were conducted to Myanmar in 2011 for preliminary discussions. A fact-finding mission was fielded in Myanmar in January 2012 to discuss TA impact, outcome, and outputs, determined by identifying and prioritizing key areas of support toward modernizing customs and enhancing trade facilitation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Operation at the Customs in Myanmar will be improved.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Readiness of Customs administration in Myanmar to improve trade facilitation will be enhanced.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Trade facilitation indicator is established through TRS.

2. Regulatory framework and operation of Customs are reviewed.

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

The S-PATA is originally scheduled for implementation from 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2013. However, there was a slight delay in the receipt of the no-objection letter from the Government of Myanmar. The signed TA letter was received by ADB on 20 February 2013, four months after the S-PATA''s approval.

The TA completion date was extended by 12 months to until 31 October 2014.

A national workshop to plan the preparation of the Time Release Study (TRS) was conducted in November 2013. Results of the TRS conducted for Myanmar on three locations, namely Asia World Port Terminal, Yangon International Airport Warehouse and Muse/Ruili Border Post were presented at TRS Exit Conference on 26 September 2014.

A national Workshop was also held on 28-30 May 2014 at Myanmar Customs Training School to review the regulatory framework of Myanmar Customs in light of the Revised Kyoto Convention.

All TA activities have been completed. A TA completion report is currently being prepared for disclosure.

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 Project willl require 7 person-months on international consulting services and 3 person-months of national consulting services.
Responsible ADB Officer Shunichi Hinata
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
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 08 Oct 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2015

TA 8190-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 Oct 2012 - 08 Oct 2012 31 Oct 2013 31 Oct 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 08 Oct 2012 149,875.20

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