Regional: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 46502-001

Summary

Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.

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Project Name Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific
Project Number 46502-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8674-REG: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.

The expected impact of the TA will be improved trade competitiveness of Pacific DMCs, and the outcome will be participating Pacific DMCs governments strategically plan trade and transport facilitation investments. The expected impact of the TA will be measured by a decrease in the time and cost to export and import.

The TA will conduct a regional analysis that examines the trade and transport linkages and provides insights on where and how Pacific DMCs can benefit from the emerging opportunities that growth in Asia provides.

Impact Improved trade competiveness of Pacific countries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Governments strategically plan trade and transport facilitation investments
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Assessment tools for trade facilitation and transport logistic performance are established and institutionalized

National and regional agency capacity to assess trade and transport demand and design investment and policy options strengthened

Regional and national agency capacity to improve logistics and customs performance strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

ADB's Pacific Department will be the executing agency for the R-CDTA. ADB will coordinate with the governments and other stakeholders at the country level and guide the implementation of the S-PATA activities.

The R-CDTA will finance consultant services for a total of about 121 person-months, including 49 international and 72 national person-months. A UNESCAP and WCO resource expert team, individual consultants and a firm will be engaged as three teams by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to implement a 24-month technical assistance. An outline of the terms of reference for the consultants is included in Appendix 3. The TA will be implemented in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). Some office equipment will be procured for TA implementation, in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Upon TA completion, the assets will be turned over to the relevant government agencies.

During Project Implementation

The TA will be implemented over 24 months from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2016. ADB's Pacific Department will be the executing agency for the TA and will coordinate with the governments and other stakeholders in the Pacific DMCs and guide implementation of the TA.

The TA will finance consultant services for a total of 121 person-months, including 49 person-months of international consultant and 72 person-months of national consultant services. Uniquely qualified UNESCAP and WCO resource experts will form teams under separate agreements with ADB, while a commercial firm (engaged using quality and cost-based selection, with a quality cost ratio of 80:20) and individual consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

The TA will be implemented by three teams: (i) an assessment team, consisting of UNESCAP and WCO experts specializing in BPA, TRS, and TCD studies, and national consultants; (ii) a modeling team, consisting of a senior trade specialist and modeler as individual consultants; and (iii) a policy and investment planning team of consultants recruited through a firm. The assessment team will mainly conduct the studies and training activities of outputs 1 and 3. The modeling team will focus on output 2 activities, while the planning team will use reports from the assessments and the modeling activities to develop transport and logistics improvement investment plans, and policy options. A program coordinator will support TA implementation, and facilitate efficient and timely delivery TA outputs. The assessment and modeling teams will be mobilized in the first year and complete their work in 15 months. The planning team will be mobilized in the second year, largely determined by the assessment findings. The teams will be guided by the ADB Pacific Department Transport sector team.The analytical tools and work products of the R-CDTA will be retained, maintained and disseminated by national and regional institutions to ensure sustainability of support. The joint publications developed with partners, based on activities of the R-CDTA, will be shared at Pacific regional forums, regional cooperation and integration and other knowledge events, and relevant public forums.

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Consulting Services

The three teams, (i) assessment team consisting of UNESCAP/WCO experts and national consultants; (ii) modeling team consisting of a senior trade specialist and modeler as individual consultants; and (iii) policy and investment planning team of consultants recruited through a firm. The assessment team will mainly conduct the studies and training activities of output 1 and 3. The modeling team will focus on output 2 activities; and the planning team will work with the reports from the assessment and the modeling activities to develop transport and logistics improvement investment plans and policy options. A program coordinator will support TA implementation by facilitating the efficient and timely delivery of the outputs of this TA. The assessment and modeling teams will be mobilized in the first year to complete work in the first 15 months and the planning team will be mobilized in the second year. The teams will be guided by the ADB Pacific Department Transport sector team.

ADB will coordinate closely with international and bilateral agencies in implementing this R-CDTA, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Australian Aid for International Development, the European Commission, New Zealand Aid, United National Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific, the World Bank, the World Customs Organization, and others. Staff from ADB, UNESCAP, WCO, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan will serve as resource experts.

The analytical tools and work products of the R-CDTA will be retained, maintained and disseminated by national and regional institutions to ensure sustainability of support. The joint publications developed with partners, based on activities of the R-CDTA, will be shared at Pacific regional forums, regional cooperation and integration and other knowledge events, and relevant public forums.

Procurement The R-CDTA will finance consultant services for a total of about 121 person-months, including 49 international and 72 national person-months. A UNESCAP and WCO resource expert team, individual consultants and a firm will be engaged as three teams by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) to implement a 24-month technical assistance. An outline of the terms of reference for the consultants is included in Appendix 3. The TA will be implemented in accordance with the ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). Some office equipment will be procured for TA implementation, in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Upon TA completion, the assets will be turned over to the relevant government agencies.
Responsible ADB Officer Sarosh I. Khan
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 May 2014
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Jun 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 8674-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 2,350,000.00 30 Jun 2014 0.00

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