Regional: Facilitating Cross-Border Transport in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Region (Phase 1)

Sovereign Project | 46274-001 Status: Closed

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Project Name Facilitating Cross-Border Transport in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Region (Phase 1)
Project Number 46274-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8147-REG: Facilitating Cross-Border Transport in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Region (Phase 1)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

The Cross Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) among the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Afghanistan was initiated by ADB. Two consulting teams were engaged to investigate implementation challenges in cross-border transport facilitation agreements, including the CBTA. Reports and recommendations were prepared and presented in AFG, PAK, TAJ and KYR Q4 2014.

Further activities to support Quadrilateral Traffic in Transit Agreement were initiated after 14th CAREC TSCC. First QTTA workshop, held jointly with UNESCAP in June 2015 in Bangkok confirmed interest of all QTTA contracting parties to relaunch the agreement. Second QTTA workshop, held in September in Urumqi provided follow up on agreed implementation workplan.

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

During 14th CAREC Transport Coordination Commitee (TSCC), countries in general agreed to facilitate freedom of transit in CAREC, implement feasible bilateral and plurilateral cross-border transport agreements, and international transport agreements, concluded under auspices of the UN.

QTTA agreement was proposed to be further supported, as (i) it is operational agreement among 4 CAREC countries; (ii) infrastructural barrier for its implementation was supposed to be removed in September 2015; (iii) accesstion of Pakistan and PRC to the TIR convention and implementation of Pakistan - China Economic Corridor was expected to boost regional trade and transport.

Geographical Location Kyrgyz Republic,Mongolia,Pakistan,People's Republic of China,Kazakhstan,Afghanistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Azerbaijan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The need for accelerated action on trade facilitation was extensively discussed at several meetings of CAREC senior officials and the CAREC transport sector coordinating committee (TSCC). At the meeting of CAREC National Focal Points in Beijing in September 2011, they agreed on the need to conduct seminars and workshops on experience of CAREC countries as well as international experience on transport facilitation with a view to facilitating the cross-border transport of goods and people along the CAREC transport corridors.
During Project Implementation The TA will be monitored principally through the meetings of the CAREC senior officials and the TSCC, as well as national and regional meetings to be held under the auspices of the TA. Evaluation of the TA's outputs will be carried out by the CAREC Unit through the annual TA implementation review mission with the assistance of the respective RMs and the CAREC National Focal Points. The TA implementation will also be reviewed during CAREC Senior Officials' Meetings, which are held at least twice each year.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Implementing the TA will require about 20 person-months of international consultancy from one TTF specialist (18 person-months) and short-term experts and resource persons (2 person-months combined) and about 106 person-months of national consultancy from three legal specialists (18 person-months combined), four TTF specialists (48 person-months combined), and one CAREC transport facilitation analyst (40 person-months). Consultants will be engaged as individuals because (i) the tasks to be undertaken and the countries of origin of the consultants are diverse, (ii) CAREC national focal points are expected to be actively involved in implementing the TA and coordinating with CAREC as a whole, and (iii) CWRD staff will actively manage TA implementation. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Some office and telecommunication equipment may be procured by ADB in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Oleg Samukhin
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 28 Jun 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Sep 2015

TA 8147-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Aug 2012 - 24 Aug 2012 31 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 24 Aug 2012 260,871.12

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