Project Name Supporting Participation in the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program
Project Number 47028-001
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8442-NEP: 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
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

Provided assistance to prepare for the accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention; to conduct Time Release Studies; to undertake a mid-term review of the 4-year Customs Reform and Modernization Strategy and Action Plan (2013-2017) and to formulate the next phase Strategy and Action Plan (2017-2021); to prepare a Client Service Desk SOP to sustain the quality service of the client service centers.

Provided assistance in the implementation of the ASYCUDA World system.

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

Nepal acceded to the RKC in February 2017. The proposed amendments to the Customs legislation, to ensure compliance with the RKC, have been drafted. Work has commenced on the studies of related areas of aligning Nepal's trade facilitation legal frameworks with other WCO international standards and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Implementation of the web-based ASYCUDA World has commenced and the pilot was rolled out in Mechi, Birgunj and Sirsiya Dry Port, together with sub-systems, developed with TA support. As of Feberuary 2017, preparation is underway for the fourth and fifth sites of Biratnagar and Bhairahawa. In parallel with the roll out, TA supported the business process reengineering for the relevant ASYCUDA World modules. TA has supported the implementation process through deployment of International and National trade facilitation consultants, specializing on e-Customs and automation, as well as software and web content development.

National consultants on customs procedures and procurement have been engaged to commence work on business process reengineering. The consultants also provided technical assistance in conducting two Time Release Studies (TRS) at Mechi and Biratnagar. The report on the TRS was published in January 2017. An additional national consultant completed work on analyzing the institutional structure of the Client Service Centers and developing a Standard Operating Procedure for these centers. The budgeting and mid-term review exercises of the Customs Reform and Modernization Strategy and Action Plan (CRMSAP) 2013-2017 were completed, the findings of which informed the formulation of the next phase strategy of 2017-2021. The fifth phase strategy was formulated with TA support and formally endorsed by the Ministry of Finance in January 2017.

Workshops and seminars have been held on a number of the topics above, including the Time Release Study, Revised Kyoto Convention, ASYCUDA World, CRMSAP review, among others.

Geographical Location

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

The project will require services of Consultants, which will be as individuals:

(i) International customs/ trade facilitation specialists. (Key Deliverables: Capacity development plan for Nepal's custom; draft master plan for e-customs and road map for its implementation; Medium-term trade facilitation roadmap setting out scope and associated policy actions for the follow-on investment program/projects to SASEC TF; study on assessment and action planning for governance and integrity oversight mechanisms in relation to customs administration; and other studies on priority trade facilitation issues. Inputs: A combined total of 58.5 person-months)

(ii) Domestic trade facilitation and legal specialists (Key Deliverable: National studies and presentations to serve as inputs to the studies of the International trade facilitation specialists. Inputs: a combined total of 72 person-months each)

(iii) Web and content manager (Key Deliverable: Customs Information Portal. Inputs: A combined total of 24 person-months)

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Sunayama, Sonoko
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 -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Mar 2017

TA 8442-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Sep 2013 07 Oct 2013 07 Oct 2013 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 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 02 Sep 2013 1,333,757.85

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