Timor-Leste: Preparing for Regional Economic Integration

Sovereign Project | 46273-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Preparing for Regional Economic Integration
Project Number 46273-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8256-TIM: Preparing for Regional Economic Integration
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1. A comprehensive training program commenced in 2013. Regular training has been provided to government officials from the government departments who are most directly involved in regional integration initiatives. Detailed analysis of the costs and benefits of ASEAN accession and synergies with WTO membership have been prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Ministry of Commerce. These reports are being finalized for publication. Seminars with international experts have also been organized for government officials, the private sector, and civil society to consider specific issues such as the ASEAN's Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, rules of origin, trade policy, regional value chains and the prospects for the horticulture sector following integration.

Output 2. The TA is supporting the preparation of a Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime which documents Timor-Leste's current legal and institutional framework and its compliance vis a vis the requirements of regional integration initiatives such as ASEAN. This Memorandum is the first comprehensive cataloging and analysis of all of Timor-Leste's laws and policies. It will be completed by November 2015 and establishes a clear basis for improvements in the policy framework for REI.

Output 3: The TA has facilitated exchanges with representatives of partner countries. Clear progress in improving communications with partner countries and regional organizations is expected as the training program and analytical work streams continue.

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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with government agencies and stakeholders has identified the key challenges to be faced in strengthening regional economic integration. These are gaps in: understanding across stakeholders of regional initiatives; in the policy framework for regional economic integration; and in communication with regional organizations and members of regional initiatives. Timor-Leste appreciates the contribution that could be made by technical assistance (TA) to narrow these gaps. The government's priority is to secure assistance from experts with a deep, practical experience in Asia's regional economic integration initiatives, especially ASEAN.
During Project Implementation Representatives from Australian Aid and JICA participated in the inception workshop (17 October 2013). And the workshop on "Economic Impact of Timor-Leste's Accession to ASEAN" (24-28 March 2014) was held to discuss the economics of international integration and research methods to assess economic integration costs and benefits to staff members of the Ministry of Finance. A series of public seminars, workshops and training events has been held from 2013-2015 and have been well attended.

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Consulting Services The proposed TA will require up to 95 person-months of consulting services, provided by a Team Leader (international, up to 24 months), a Deputy Team Leader (national, 24 months), Lead Advisers (2 international advisers of up to 4 months each), Technical Specialists (up to 5 international positions of up to 3 months each), and a Communication and Liaison Officer (national, 24 months).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Richard Phelps
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Timor-Leste Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 04 Jul 2012
Fact Finding 22 Jun 2012 to 26 Jun 2012
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2015

TA 8256-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 04 Feb 2013 04 Feb 2013 31 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 850,000.00 10 Dec 2012 795,970.22
Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing for Regional Economic Integration Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2012

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