Regional: Trade Facilitation in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 47016-001 Status: Active


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Title Date
Trade Facilitation in South Asia Aug 2013

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Project Name Trade Facilitation in South Asia
Project Number 47016-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8435-REG: Trade Facilitation in South Asia
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
TA 8435-REG: Trade Facilitation in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 525,000.00
TA 8435-REG: Trade Facilitation in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

Transport - Multimodal logistics - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Agreement reached on a work plan for 2014-2015 for the SASEC customs subgroup in customs modernization and harmonization, which is in line with the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework endorsed by all member countries in March 2014.

The Third and Fourth SASEC Customs Subcommittee Meeting was held on 11-12 March 2015 in Goa, India and 27-28 October 2015 in Cebu, Philippines.

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

Organized the SASEC customs subgroup wherein customs officials from the SASEC countries met and discussed their workplan and planned activities, including priority subregional capacity building initiatives.

Subregional workshops on good practices on customs modernization were held for officials of SASEC countries.

Agreement reached among SASEC countries to carry out a feasibility study of electronic exchange of trade related information. A regional workshop to discuss the findings of the study will be held on 7-8 April 2016 in New Delhi, India.

ADB-UN ESCAP Workshop to Finalize Feasibility Study on Pilot Implementation of ESCAP Secure Cross-border Transport Model along India-Bhutan Transit Corridor will be held on 10-12 December 2014 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

The RETA funded the finalization of the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. This is in line with the transport facilitation pillar of the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework. Protocols on the Movement of Cargo and Passenger Vehicles are now being negotiated.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Customs agencies in the SASEC countries have been closely consulted on the TA design and implementation arrangement. In addition, coordination other stakeholders, including other donor agencies were ensured.
During Project Implementation Relevant stakeholders are consulted and if necessary are invited to participate during meetings.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

The project will require the services of consultants, which will be engaged as individuals:

(i) International trade facilitation specialists (Key Deliverables: Framework for interface of Customs administration systems in the SASEC countries; draft strategy and road map for a feasible process of interface of customs administration systems; draft agreement reached on priority SASEC subregional customs projects or initiatives by 2015; initial agreement to pilot subregional initiatives to promote interface of Customs administration systems by 2015; 2 specialists for a total of 30 person-months)

(ii) Short-term experts/Resource persons (Key Deliverable: International experience on trade facilitation for consultation studies; Inputs: 5 resource persons with total combined inputs of 50 days or 2.27 person-months)

(iii) Domestic Trade Facilitation Coordinating Analyst (Key Deliverable: Progress Monitoring Reports, organization of workshops, meetings, supporting financial and accounting management; Inputs: 24 person-months)

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ronald Antonio Butiong
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 14 May 2013
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Mar 2016

TA 8435-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Aug 2013 - 20 Aug 2013 31 Jul 2015 31 Dec 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,025,000.00 1,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,775,000.00 20 Aug 2013 1,495,216.88
Title Document Type Document Date
Trade Facilitation in South Asia Technical Assistance Reports Aug 2013

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