The RETA will support overall institutional capacity building to strengthen transport and trade facilitation in the GMS, and will work closely with relevant regulatory agencies with competency in these matters, including customs and SPS agencies. Capacity building will be a central element under this RETA, as the spirit of GMS cooperation in these areas is fundamental in promoting regional integration. The RETA will undertake a series of activities centered on the following areas: transport facilitation; sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) improvement; business and logistics support, and regional information sharing among customs, SPS, and logistic service providers in the GMS for trade facilitation.
|Project Name||Enhancing Transport and Trade Facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion|
|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||
Industry and trade / Trade and services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||The RETA will support overall institutional capacity building to strengthen transport and trade facilitation in the GMS, and will work closely with relevant regulatory agencies with competency in these matters, including customs and SPS agencies. Capacity building will be a central element under this RETA, as the spirit of GMS cooperation in these areas is fundamental in promoting regional integration. The RETA will undertake a series of activities centered on the following areas: transport facilitation; sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS) improvement; business and logistics support, and regional information sharing among customs, SPS, and logistic service providers in the GMS for trade facilitation.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The RETA is in line with the strategic priorities of the regional cooperation strategy and program for the GMS. It is included in the program of nonlending products and services for 2008 in the indicative Regional Cooperation Operations Business Plan (2008-2010).
The GMS program has greatly improved physical connectivity in the subregion, as evidenced by the near completion of the transport component of the three main GMS corridors. However, complementary policy and regulatory measures are needed to transform the transport corridors into full-fledged economic corridors in which changes in productive structures will result in greater employment and income earning opportunities, particularly for the poor living in and around the corridors. These changes will occur over time, and the arrangements to induce them, including particularly capacity development, will need to be set in a long-term context. In GMS, there is need to improve transport and trade facilitation, including strengthening border level support. There is a need to initiate stronger national-level capacity building and collaboration on Customs, SPS, information sharing and logistics and enhance the role of private sector.
|Impact||Enhanced competitiveness of the GMS countries|
|Description of Outcome||
Efficient movement of goods and people in the GMS and between the GMS and the rest of the
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA was successfully completed in December 2012. The TA is currently being financially closed.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Capacity Building: Institutional mechanisms for GMS transport and trade facilitation streamlined and/or strengthened
Transport facilitation strengthened
SPS capacity in GMS strengthened
Business and logistics support implemented
(a) National freight logistics plans to improve efficiency of supply chains developed
(b) Capacity of the Business Forum for dealing with trade facilitation matters strengthened
(c) Thematic study in support of trade and investment prepared
(d) Business travel eased
Regional information platform to improve coordination and information sharing for
trade facilitation designed
Project Management System Operational
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||The TA was successfully completed in December 2012. The TA is currently being financially closed.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The project team consulted intensively and extensively with key agencies in the GMS countries on their needs during project design phase. The project team also consulted representatives from the private sector, technical specialists, and development partners active in the field. The TA responds to the findings of the mid-term review of the 10 year (2002-2012) GMS Strategic Framework, and supports cross border trade and investment, enhancement of private sector participation and improvement of competitiveness.|
|During Project Implementation||Intensive consultation and stakeholder participation was ustained during project implementation phase.|
|Consulting Services||The consultants were hired as individuals and engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (2007, as amended from time to time). Services ongoing.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kanya S. Sasradipoera|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||11 Jan 2008|
|Fact Finding||17 Jan 2008 to 18 Jan 2008|
|Approval||28 Mar 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||07 Mar 2008|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2014|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|28 Mar 2008||-||28 Mar 2008||31 Mar 2011||31 Dec 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,000,000.00||750,000.00||150,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,900,000.00||28 Mar 2008||1,671,597.47|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing Transport and Trade Facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Apr 2017|
|Enhancing Transport and Trade Facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2008|
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