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Regional: South Asia Strategic Framework for Aid for Trade Road Map

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42528-012 Status: Closed

Project Details

Project Officer
Brunner, Hans-Peter W. South Asia Department Request for information
  • Regional
  • Technical Assistance
  • Finance
Project Name South Asia Strategic Framework for Aid for Trade Road Map
Project Number 42528-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7248-REG: South Asia Strategic Framework for Aid for Trade Road Map
Investment Climate Facilitation Fund under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Finance sector development

Industry and trade / Small and medium enterprise development - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description tbd
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The regional policy and advisory technical assistance (R-PATA) delivers South Asia input into the Technical Group on Aid for Trade for Asia and the Pacific. This regional technical group comprises key developing member countries, donors and agencies and has the mandate to synthesize across sub-regions the AfT needs, activities and investments, and will include investment and implementation schedule. In addition the R-PATA would provide South Asia input into the planned 2009 high-level regional conference on trade facilitation. High priority countries in South Asia for this R-PATA would be the South Asian low income and small countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, as well as Maldives. Part of India and Sri Lanka will also be included with less priority and as necessary.

The TA is part of the SARD Economic and Sector Work Program 2008-2009. The R-PATA results will lead into a regional PPTA for Sub-regional Trade Related Infrastructure, programmed under the Regional Cooperation Operations Business Plan Update for 2010.

Impact Lowering trade and transaction costs in South Asian economies by 5 percent of traded value, through trade policy reform, trade related infrastructure investment and supply capacity expansion, can lead to a real income gain of about 2.5 percent of gross domestic project. The income gains, and in turn poverty reduction gains, emanate from the increased number of jobs from trade creation, as well as from the shift to more productive and better paid employment
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The aim is to identify, prepare for the South Asian economies (excluding for now Pakistan) a set of AfT interventions that implement the general development and trade strategies. It is important for this assistance to come up with an applied framework for prioritization of potential trade related interventions and investments according to expected strength of economic impacts. It is further important to also evaluate the complementarities and positive economic spillovers that a set of interventions offers in comparison to one-off interventions. The object of such calculation is to work out the effective balance between trade related investments as substantial economies come out of investing in the components in correct proportions. The importance is to look at entire service and production networks that can be developed in a network of investments across the sub-region. A roadmap will improve the capacity to implement AfT in South Asia according to a set or priorities for investment, and within a geographic, and time-frame.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The R-PATA output would be national road maps for AfT and related investment plans. One priority would be to map service and production networks across the sub-region, and linking into Asia, and the role of small and medium enterprises in key sectors, which would produce high expected economic impact in terms of export growth, employment generation and poverty reduction. The R-PATA will also develop an implementation plan to build up institutional capacity for development, regional coordination and implementation of such roadmaps.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
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 tbd
Responsible ADB Officer Brunner, Hans-Peter W.
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 10 Dec 2008
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2008 to 24 Mar 2008
Approval 10 Mar 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 26 Jan 2009
Last PDS Update 18 Jan 2010

TA 7248-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Mar 2009 - 10 Mar 2009 31 Jul 2010 30 Jun 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 10 Mar 2009 589,883.62

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