Bangladesh: Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program

Sovereign Project | 47022-001 Status: Active


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Project Name Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Project Number 47022-001
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8436-BAN: Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The New Customs Act, which was drafted with assistance from the TA and will be considered by Parliament, will be in line with the Revised Kyoto Convention and SAFE Framework of Standards of the World Customs Organization (WCO). The draft Customs Act also laid the ground for the implementation of the required provisions of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Assisted the National Board of Revenue in (i) drafting the New Customs Act; (ii) preparing the regulatory impact assessment of the New Customs Act; and (iii) preparing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on risk management (RM), post clearance audit (PCA), physical inspection, and non-intrusive inspection, which are compliant with the SAFE Framework of WCO.

On the new Customs Act, the regulatory impact assessment report was finalized, and a national workshop was held on 17 20 August 2015 to familiarize Customs and other border officials with the provisions and processes and requirements of the Act and related best practices. Plans are underway for the drafting of rules on certain areas or provisions in the Act.

Assessment of infrastructure, equipment, and capacity building needs to implement the SOPs was completed.

Training needs assessment related to the implementation of the Revised Kyoto Convention and the SOPs was completed. Best practices on risk management, PCA, and authorized economic operator (AEO) program were also presented during the workshop in August 2015.

The development of plans, strategies, pilots, and capacity building and awareness raising activities for the establishment and implementation of PCA and AEO programs are ongoing.

Training on customs valuation was held on 14 18 December 2015, and the second will be held on 21 25 March 2016. The training builds skills and knowledge on database utilization for Customs valuation control, especially through PCA. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with WCO Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building.

Bangladesh officials participated in the Workshop on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism Baseline Studies held on 13 15 January 2016 in Bangkok, and conducted jointly with the UN ESCAP. The workshop discussed the conduct of baseline studies on business process analysis, time release study, and time-cost-distance. These studies are currently being undertaken, and the reports are due in September 2016. The results will provide bases for tracking the progress of transport and trade facilitation measures in Bangladesh.

Detailed assessment of ASYCUDA World expansion and roll out was completed. Capacity building assistance on areas requiring enhancements and improvements in systems will commence by third quarter 2016.

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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

A team of individual international and national consultants will be engaged under the project. International resource persons will also provide capacity building support through participation in workshops and training programs, and provide guidance in developing programs and reports. An estimated 136.5 person-months of consulting services (64.5 person-months of international consultant inputs and 72 person-months of national consultant inputs) will be required over a 24 month period.

Consultants to be engaged will include:

(i) International trade facilitation specialist/team leader

(ii) International customs law specialist

(iii) International national single window specialist

(iv) International risk management and post clearance audit specialist

(v) International transport and transit specialist

(vi) Short-term international experts/resource persons

(vii) National customs expert

(viii) National trade facilitation coordinating analyst

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Aileen Pangilinan
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 8436-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Aug 2013 09 Dec 2013 09 Dec 2013 31 Jul 2015 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,550,000.00 20 Aug 2013 602,900.60

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