Viet Nam: Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project
ADB is helping Viet Nam enhance sanitary and phytosanitary systems and food safety management. The project will support the design and implementation of food safety surveillance, including a pilot project in four northern provinces. Improved import handling, grading of restaurants in tourist areas, and strengthening of food laboratories will help build a more rigorous food safety management system.
Ngo, Vinh Q.
Southeast Asia Department
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- Industry and trade
|Project Name||Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project|
|Country / Economy||Viet Nam
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
Industry and trade / Trade and services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||Compliance with global SPS requirements requires national specialists to undertake tasks related to surveillance, risk analysis, testing, diagnostics, pest identification, standards, and conformity assessment. Trading partners and private companies often require application of good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices, and quality assurance management (such as hazard analysis critical control points). Cambodia and the Lao PDR lack specialists who can perform these tasks. These specialists need to come (in part at least) from graduates of national higher education systems that train SPS specialists. Strengthening capacities of SPS agencies is urgently needed to meet the increasing requirements for exports and trade facilitation, and to protect health.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The project is in line with the GMS 10-year strategic framework, 2012'-2022 and supports the thrust to facilitate cross-border trade and investment. The project will contribute to pillar 4 (cooperation in regional public goods) of ADB's Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The project is aligned with the targets of the National Strategic Development Plan Update, 2009-2013 of Cambodia and the National Socio Economic Development Plan VII, 2011-2015 of the Lao PDR. Improving SPS management is explicitly reflected in various Cambodia and Lao PDR sector strategies and plans, and in the GMS core agriculture support program.
Trade facilitation remains a challenging agenda in the GMS. Previous experience shows the need to adopt a phased approach to formulate well-targeted and sequenced projects to ensure implementation of bilateral and regional commitments on cooperation and harmonization. Inadequate capacities at the country level are major constraints for effective regional cooperation in SPS arrangements. Development partners, such as the United Nations agencies, the World Bank and bilateral agencies support various aspects of SPS capacity building in the GMS, but ongoing projects have not addressed SPS issues in a comprehensive manner. Preparatory work has been firmly anchored in the lessons of international experiences that stress the need for prevention rather than end-of-pipe controls, which have proven to be costly and frequently ineffective. Involvement of the private sector and civil society in SPS capacity building is necessary to ensure the right technical issues and challenges are addressed and for longer-term sustainability. During the project preparation phase, workshops to consult the private sector on SPS issues were held in Cambodia and the Lao PDR, which contributed to the overall project design. Likewise, coordination with the GMS working group on agriculture has been maintained.
|Impact||Food products become safer, more efficiently produced, and traded in greater quantities|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced SPS food safety management system|
|Progress Toward Outcome||On track|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Strengthened food safety surveillance, handling and inspection system designed and implemented
Improved regional cooperation and harmonization
Effective project management
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
- Two position/background papers were prepared and from these papers, a draft Surveillance Plan was developed. First consensus workshop was held to discuss about the draft plan of National Food safety surveillance system on 25 December 2015. Feedback from the consensus workshop comments from VFA followed by a series of meetings and discussions was incorporated into the draft Plan.
- In close consultation and coordination with sub-VFAs, a Surveillance Plan for 4 pilot provinces has been prepared.
- Developed the questionnaires for survey of natural toxin in pilot provinces (for the medical workers and the people)
- A draft of Action Plan for Food Safety Surveillance System in Pilot provinces was prepared enunciating 10 points program for implementation.
- 4 design and implementation of annual surveillance cycle training workshops in 4 pilot provinces
- 1 Annual report workshop
- 2 Public awareness raising workshops
- 4 Sampling training workshops on (1) Overall knowledge on food safety (2) Design/develop surveillance plan (3) guidance on inspection and (4) Sampling have been organized in three provinces.
- Document on import handling was developed and submitted to PMU/VFA,
- Document on risk base categorization was integrated into the import handling document
- Document on step wise introduction of risk-based inspection was prepared and submitted.
- Draft of First-time market access document was prepared and submitted.
- Draft of inspection manual was prepared.
- Research on harmonization of practices with other GMS countries was prepared and submitted.
- Document on risk-based import handling of food and risk analysis for Consensus workshop was integrated.
The new restaurant grading system was developed and implemented by Restaurant grading consultants.
Guidelines and Proposed Grading Scheme for R&C Establishments was prepared.
Consensus workshop on the Guidelines and Proposed Grading Scheme for R&C Establishments was organized to collect comments.
Lab equipment was provided to the Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, National Institute of Food Center, National Institute of Nutrition, Pasteur Institute and Quang Ninh Preventive Medicine Center.
VFA and Food and Drug management administration of Laos organized workshop in VN with "Single window custom" agreement signed.
VFA representatives participated in INFOSAN workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Draft First Time Market Access document was prepared was submitted.
PMU was established, fully staffed and project management systems set up.
|Geographical Location||Ha Long, Hanoi, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Nha Trang, Tinh Cao Bang, Tinh Quang Ninh|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||All procurement will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. No works are foreseen. No advance action was undertaken.|
|Procurement||All procurement will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. No works are foreseen. No advance action was undertaken.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Ngo, Vinh Q.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Viet Nam Resident Mission|
Ministry of Health
Mr. Ha Van Thuy
138A Giang Vo Str.
Hanoi, Viet Nam
|Concept Clearance||23 Nov 2010|
|Fact Finding||10 Oct 2011 to 14 Oct 2011|
|MRM||07 Aug 2012|
|Approval||20 Nov 2012|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||18 Oct 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 Nov 2012||17 Jan 2013||16 May 2013||31 Dec 2018||30 Jun 2019||04 Dec 2019|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||11.72||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||11.00||17 Jun 2022||7.63||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||17 Jun 2022||7.63||0.00||100%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Viet Nam: Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project||Validations of Project Completion Reports||May 2021|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|2944-VIE (SF): Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project [ICB03]||Invitation for Bids||Closed||25 Jun 2018||07 Aug 2018|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|PROVIDE LABORATORY EQUIPMENT FOR NATIONAL INSTIT UTES FOR FOOD CONTROL NIFC. CONSIST OF 02 LOTS.||Loan 2944||29 Nov 2018||JOINT VENTURE SISC VIETNAM INSTRUMENTATION JS | NO48, LANE 245, MAI DICH, CAU GIAY, HN VIET NAM,SOC REP OF||Ministry of Health||1,998,938.00||1,998,938.00|
|T3 GHP/GMP UPGRADING FOOD SAFETY HANDLING - TRAIN ING AND ADVISORY SERVICES FOR RESTAURANTS AND CATE RING ESTABLISHMENTS IN FOOD SAFETY||Loan 2944||05 Jan 2018||NGOC THINH TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT | HA NOI VIET NAM,SOC REP OF||Ministry of Health||128,495.00||128,484.00|
|ICB02 - Lot 1: Server and Softwares||Loan 2944||02 Mar 2017||Tecapro One Member Ltd. | 18A Cong Hoa Rd, Ward 12, Tan Binh Dist Hcmc Viet Nam||Ministry of Health||109,753.95||109,753.95|
|Trainings and Workshops (WA011 - Cat 03)||Loan 2944||24 Jan 2017||Various | Various Viet Nam||Ministry of Health||216,349.09||216,216.18|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Trade Facilitation - Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Jan 2018|