Regional: Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector

Sovereign Project | 46191-001 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
Nguyen, Hung Ba Southeast Asia Department Request for information
  • Regional
  • Technical Assistance
  • Industry and trade
Project Name Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector
Project Number 46191-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8707-REG: Strengthening Trade Facilitation in the GMS through Partnerships with the Private Sector
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

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

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Project implementation has been focusing on Myanmar and Viet Nam, as there was little progress in other countries. A number of key initiatives are introduced in each country that are expected to be sustained beyond the project.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. Trade survey had been conducted in Myanmar and Viet Nam in 2015 and 2016. Based on the survey findings, multiple initiatives have been developed in partnership with relevant government agencies to address the identified constraints.

2. Capacity building programs for trade-related private sector, Customs officers and Other Government Agency officials to strengthen their understanding and coordination to facilitate international trade supply chains have been delivered, namely (i) implementation of WTO Valuation Agreement; (ii) International Trade Supply Chain (ITSC); and (iii) possible training, testing and licensing schemes for Customs brokers. In Myanmar, the ITSC Working Group has been institutionalized in January 2017 with limited project's technical support, bringing together ITSC stakeholders from both public and private sectors to review ITSC processes and initiate actions to improve their efficiency.

3. The further development of Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) schemes in Myanmar has made most significant progress, with complementing capacity building programs to be delivered to ensure their efficient and effective implementation.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Various consultation with Customs administrations in partcipating countries were undertaken.
During Project Implementation Initial consultation with Customs administrations, trade ministries and related stakeholders were conducted throughout the implementation period to deliver the relevant project activities.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 106 person-months of consultancy services will be engaged consisting of 21 person-months of international consultancy and 85 person months of national consultancy. International consultancy inputs consist of 16 person-months for a Team Leader and Customs Specialist and 5 person-months for resource persons. National consultancy inputs consist of 65 person-months for 5 Trade Facilitation Country Specialists and 20 person-months for a Project Administrator.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Nguyen, Hung Ba
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2017

TA 8707-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2016 31 Aug 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 22 Aug 2014 1,383,957.29

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