Regional: Aligning Customs Trade Facilitation Measures with Best Practices in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

Sovereign Project | 47081-001

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The proposed TA will promote a harmonized approach to customs reforms in participating CAREC countries by applying international best practices. The TA will support accession to and improve compliance with the RKC. Risk management systems will be strengthened and options will be explored for data exchange and information sharing between and among CAREC customs administrations.

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Project Name Aligning Customs Trade Facilitation Measures with Best Practices in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Project Number 47081-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8585-REG: Aligning Customs Trade Facilitation Measures with Best Practices in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.25 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed TA will promote a harmonized approach to customs reforms in participating CAREC countries by applying international best practices. The TA will support accession to and improve compliance with the RKC. Risk management systems will be strengthened and options will be explored for data exchange and information sharing between and among CAREC customs administrations.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Enhanced trade facilitation regimes that facilitate international trade flows
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Simplified and harmonized clearance procedures based on best practice
Progress Toward Outcome A Customs Cooperation Committe inception workshop has been held from 7-9 April. As a result of the workshop a country specific action plan for TA implementation has been formulated.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Action plans to align customs regulations with the RKC developed

2. Proposals for the modernization of risk management systems developed

3. Framework for a CAREC customs information exchange mechanisms developed

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

13th Customs Cooperation Committee Meeting, 22-23 September 2014, Issyk Kul, Kyrgyz Republic

- At the 13th CCC meeting, CCC members agreed to continue working to address the 5 customs priority areas including the implementation of the ADB supported RETAs.

Uzbekistan Risk Management Assessment Mission, 29 Sept 3 October 2014, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

- Training on the basic concepts of customs risk management is provided for the 1st 3 days. An assessment of the existing risk management system is done thru interviews and actual observation of procedures for the last 2 days. A WCO report was submitted to ADB.

Turkmenistan Consultation Workshop, 1-2 September 2014, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

- Turkmenistan joined CAREC only in 2010 and has not been actively involved in most CAREC activities. A special consultation workshop was held for top officials to familiarize them with CAREC principles and objectives and in particular with the 3 JFPR RETAs and how TKM can benefit from such participation.

Kazakhstan Risk Management Assessment Mission, 14-17 October 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan

- Training on the basic concepts of customs risk management is provided for the 1st 3 days. An assessment of the existing risk management system is done thru interviews and actual observation of procedures for the last 2 days. A WCO report was submitted after the mission to ADB.

Azerbaijan Authorized Economic Operators Workshop, 21-23 October 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan

- WCO accredited AEO experts conducted a workshop on the implementation of the AEO program. The workshop identified further steps to be taken to fully implement the AEO program in AZE including the needed changes in legislation.

Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC): Sharing of Accession Experiences for CAREC Countries, 17-22 November 2014, Shanghai, PRC

- The workshop helped participants better understand the requirements to comply with and accede to the RKC, and trained them how to use WCO self-assessments tools to guide them during the accession process. WCO mission report was submitted to ADB.

Uzbekistan RKC Situation/Gap Analysis Workshop, 24-27 February 2015, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

- WCO Experts assisted Uzbekistan Customs review and assess compliance of Uzbekistan laws and regulations with RKC provisions, identify the gaps and formulate plan of action towards accession.

Tajikistan Risk Management Assessment Mission, 14-17 April 2015, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

- ADB with technical assistance of WCO, will provide assistance to Tajikistan in assessing the adequacy of customs risk management system that is in place.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The design and components of the project were discussed in the framework of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC). Comments and suggestions from CCC members were incorporated into the TA formulation.
During Project Implementation CCC members agreed to work towards prompt implementation of the TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require 20 person-months (international) and 56 person-months (national) of intermittent consulting services. Consultants and resource persons will be specialists in the areas of customs reforms, customs law, trade facilitation, and ICT. In view of the TA's varied activities, consultants and resource persons will be selected and engaged on an individual basis in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Cristina Lozano
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2013
Fact Finding 08 May 2013 to 10 May 2013
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2015

TA 8585-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2013 - 16 Dec 2013 31 Jan 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,250,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,350,000.00 16 Dec 2013 391,433.95

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