The objective of the TA is to help promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between 4 SASEC countries. To this end, the TA will help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will facilitate unhindered movements of goods, service, and people across SASEC countries through improvement of cross-border transport infrastructure and introduction of modernized cross-border management regimes.
|Project Name||South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The objective of the TA is to help promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between 4 SASEC countries. To this end, the TA will help SASEC countries prepare an investment project that will facilitate unhindered movements of goods, service, and people across SASEC countries through improvement of cross-border transport infrastructure and introduction of modernized cross-border management regimes.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The TA provides assistance to promote subregional cooperation and integration between the four countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, by preparing an investment project that will facilitate the smooth movement of goods, services and people across the South Asia region through improved cross-border transport infrastructure and the introduction of modern cross-border management regimes.|
|Impact||Promote subregional economic cooperation and integration between four SASEC members|
|Description of Outcome||Agreed design for the loan project|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
On 9 March 2010, the TA scope and implementation arrangement was modified based on a full assessment of the TA progress and recent developments of RCI activities, for the TA to be more realistic and efficient in delivery. The rail link component has been deleted due to the commitment from the governments of Bangladesh and India that they will undertake the study of priority rail link on their own resources. The cross border regime component was completed with the submission of the Final Report on 25 November 2011. The road corridor component was also completed with the submission of the Final Report in March 2012.
The momentum of regional cooperation and Integration (RCI) transport development gained acceleration during the TA implementation. After several SASEC Transport Working Group meetings i.e., Bangkok in November 2011 and Kolkata in March 2012, the Government of India (GOI) has requested for ADB to prepare the most critical RCI road connectivity projects connecting 4 SASEC countries namely, (i) Karkabitta-Panitanki-Phulbari-Banglabandha road and (ii) Phuentsholing-Jaigaon-Hasimara-Dhupguri-Changrabandha-Burimari road. A minor change in implementation arrangements was approved on 21 December 2011 to finalize the study on these roads.
The TA was completed in December 2012. Financial closing is in progress.
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Feasibility study and preliminary design
2. Operational agreements
3. Customs arrangement for bonded transit, and other operational frameworks
4. Investment plan for trade-related infrastructure
5. Identification of capacity building needs and the development of necessary training programs
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The rail link component was deleted due to the commitment from the governments of Bangladesh and India that they will undertake the study of priority rail link on their own resources.
The cross-border regime component was completed in November 2011. A consulting firm was engaged under the road corridor component for the feasibility study of two priority regional road projects identified during the Regional Transport Meeting held in Bangladesh in December 2010. The consultant submitted the Final Report in March 2012, which was approved by ADB and relevant Government Agencies in November 2012.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||National workshops, interviews with public and private sector stakeholders, involvement of NGOs and community mobilization.|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||Three separate teams of international firms in association with national consultants will be engaged for road corridor component, rail link component, and cross-border regime component using the simplified technical proposal procedures based on the quality- and cost-based selection method and in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, amended from time to time). The road corridor component will require 4 person-months of international and 15 person-months of national consulting services, the rail link component 6 person-months of international and 26 person-months of domestic consulting services, and the cross-border regime component 10 person-months of international and 27 person-months of domestic consulting services. Three individual national consultants will be separately engaged for the assessment of economic viability (3 person-months), environmental impact (3 person-months), and social and resettlement impact (3 person-months) of the cross-border regime component.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hiroaki Yamaguchi|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||03 Aug 2007|
|Fact Finding||23 Jun 2007 to 11 Jul 2007|
|Approval||21 Dec 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||27 Mar 2013|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Dec 2007||-||12 Dec 2007||30 Sep 2008||31 Dec 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,220,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,220,000.00||12 Dec 2007||1,107,858.66|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Transport Logistics and Trade Facilitation Project (Financed by the Japan Special Fund)||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2007|
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