Regional: Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement

Sovereign (Public) Project | 37523-012 Status: Archived
Project Name Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement
Project Number 37523-012
Country Regional
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6307-REG: Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 6307-REG: Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement (Supplementary)
Government of Australia US$ 1.00 million
TA 6307-REG: Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement (2nd Supplementary)
Government of Australia US$ 935,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will assist in achieving the full and sustainable implementation of the GMS cross-border transport agreement (CBTA) and its annexes and protocol through four inter-related activities on the (i) signing of the final stage of annexes and protocols, (ii) training of GMS officials in key aspects of cross-border transport facilitation, (iii) preparation of specific guidelines and manuals for key cross-border transport measures, and (iv) establishment of information communications technology (ICT) and management information systems (MIS) related to the implementation of the agreement.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In November 2001, the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) member countries agreed on a 10-year strategic framework, which embodies the vision and strategic thrusts for the GMS Program for Economic Cooperation (GMS program). During the GMS Summit held in Phnom Penh on 3 November 2002, the leaders of the six GMS member countries strongly endorsed the strategic framework. The facilitation of cross-border movement of goods and people is an integral part of the framework as it supports realization of the framework's strategic thrusts and flagship programs. Mitigating nonphysical barriers to cross-border movement of goods and people supports three of the five strategic thrusts: (i) strengthening infrastructure linkages through a multisectoral approach; (ii) facilitating cross-border trade and investment; and (iii) enhancing private sector participation and improve its competitiveness. It is also a crucial component in five of the 11 flagship programs: (i) North-South Economic Corridor; (ii) East-West Economic Corridor; (iii) Southern Economic Corridor; (iv) facilitating cross-border trade and investment; and (v) enhancing private-sector participation and competitiveness.
Impact Rapid and sustainable economic growth resulting from increased trade and investment
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Increased crossborder trade at border crossings covered by the


Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Shortened border crossing clearance times

Recommendations to maximize benefits and address

limitations of the implementation of the CBTA

Finalized arrangements for CBTA implementation at a second set of border crossings

Strengthened NTFCs, including trained border site officials

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

TA implemenation was extended to October 2011 and a change in scope of the TA was undertaken in consultation with Government of Australia which is financing the TA to enhance delivery of new outputs relevant to the promotion of transport and trade facilitation in GMS consistent with the action plan endorsed at the 16th GMS Ministerial Conference in Hanoi in August, 2010. Analytical work has been undertaken on trade flows and trade facilitation in GMS countries. A primary-data based analysis of export constraints faced by firms in Cambodia and Lao PDR is currently being undertaken. An analysis of constraints and challenges for the GMS Customs Transit System is ongoing. The findings of the analytical work will be presented at regional workshop and prepared for joint ADB-AuAID publication. Two large symposiums were organized specific to GMS corridors -- the Southern Economic Corridor and the North South Economic Corridor -- in Phnom Penh and in Kunming respectively. Each symposium brought together stakeholders from provincial and local authorities and private sector, along with central government agencies to promote development of the corridors.

TA implementation ended October 2011.

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 ADB will engage a team of international and domestic consultants who will be recruited as individuals. Individual international consultants with expertise in (i) trade facilitation, (ii) capacity building on customs/trade facilitation, (iii) transport regulations and international law, and (iv) transport facilitation will be recruited on an intermittent basis during TA implementation. 10 person-months of international consulting services and 42 person months of domestic consulting services will be required.
Responsible ADB Officer Srivastava, Pradeep
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2003
Fact Finding 01 Sep 2005 to 14 Sep 2005
Approval 06 Mar 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2012

TA 6307-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Mar 2006 - 06 Mar 2006 31 Aug 2007 31 Oct 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,335,000.00 1,400,000.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,795,000.00 06 Mar 2006 2,469,221.97

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