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 Name||Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement|
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|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|
|Description of Outcome||
Increased crossborder trade at border crossings covered by the
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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||Pradeep Srivastava|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
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|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|06 Mar 2006||-||06 Mar 2006||31 Aug 2007||31 Oct 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement||TA Completion Reports||Nov 2012|
|Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement -- Supplementary Grant from Australia||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2006|
|Implementing the GMS Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Transport of Goods and People- Phase II||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2006|
|Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport Agreement (Cofinanced by the People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2006|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|The Greater Mekong Subregion Transport and Trade Facilitation Action Program (TTF-AP)||Statutory Reports and Official Records||Sep 2015|
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