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Regional: Strengthening Institutional Knowledge and Capacity of Customs Administrations for Trade Facilitation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46192-001 Status: Closed

Trade and investment is one of the four pillars of ADB''s Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) and other free trade agreements have led to a reduction in tariff barriers across Southeast Asia but intraregional trade remains less than 30% of total ASEAN trade . Customs, as one of the key trade facilitation enforcement agencies, should play a leading role to facilitate intra/extra regional trade. However, the performance of Customs administrations in the region requires considerable improvement. As trade facilitation is increasingly recognized as an important policy tool to regional integration and development, there is an urgent need to upgrade the capacity of Customs administrations in the region.

Project Details

Project Officer
Kanya S. Sasradipoera Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name Strengthening Institutional Knowledge and Capacity of Customs Administrations for Trade Facilitation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Project Number 46192-001
Country Regional
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Malaysia
Myanmar
Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8709-REG: Strengthening Institutional Knowledge and Capacity of Customs Adminsitrations for Trade Facilitation within ASEAN
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
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

Trade and investment is one of the four pillars of ADB''s Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) and other free trade agreements have led to a reduction in tariff barriers across Southeast Asia but intraregional trade remains less than 30% of total ASEAN trade . Customs, as one of the key trade facilitation enforcement agencies, should play a leading role to facilitate intra/extra regional trade. However, the performance of Customs administrations in the region requires considerable improvement. As trade facilitation is increasingly recognized as an important policy tool to regional integration and development, there is an urgent need to upgrade the capacity of Customs administrations in the region.

Facilitating trade in the region is particularly important in building a well-connected and integrated ASEAN. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint further points out that trade facilitation is a primary means towards free flow of goods, and identifies policy and procedural measures for Customs that are critical to facilitate trade. ADB has been supporting trade facilitation initiatives in the region mainly through subregional cooperation programs, but further efforts are required to accelerate the achievement of the AEC.

Regional knowledge sharing and capacity-building on best practices in Customs administration is essential for addressing trade facilitation issues. Knowledge sharing on trade facilitation can also contribute to enhanced coordination of border management and operations within and among countries. Therefore, it is desirable to build a knowledge platform for trade facilitation so that all related information can be consolidated and shared among all relevant stakeholders and partners. Knowledge sharing and capacity building also needs to be tailored in accordance with the level of development in the region, as well as with country-specific conditions and circumstances.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The objective of the R-CDTA is to strengthen the institutional capacity of Customs administration in the region to facilitate the free flow of goods and to increase intra/extra-regional trade. Freer flow of goods from improved Customs policies, procedures, regulations, and operations is expected to contribute to the realization of AEC as a single market and production base. The TA will complement existing TAs and contribute to relevant stakeholders and partners in Southeast Asia with a regional platform to share knowledge and experiences on trade facilitation so that more relevant, effective and efficient solutions for trade facilitation can be found.
Impact Trade facilitation by customs administrations in participating countries is enhanced in accordance with various ASEAN agreements, thus contributing to the realization of AEC
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Customs administrations implement procedures, regulations and management measures to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods
Progress Toward Outcome A number of initiatives have been produced under the TA to enhance Customs Agencies' capacity in facilitating trade. This includes among others, integrated risk management assessment for Philippines' bureau of customs, and for Myanmar Customs Department, support to develop a Human Resource Information System, RKC gap assessment, development of modernization and reform strategy, and Risk management and intelligence trainings.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge gaps and other constraints for customs to facilitate trade are assessed

Work plans for customs to facilitate trade at border crossings developed.

Capacity of customs to implement trade facilitation work plans improved

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

( as of 20 September 2017)

In close collaboration with the World Customs Organization and the ASEAN Secretariat, two workshops held back-to-back were supported by the TA: (i) Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Strategic Initiatives for Trade Facilitation, (16-18 March 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia) and the (ii) Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in the Context of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), (19 March 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia). The meetings gathered representatives of both customs and trade ministries of ASEAN member-States for an initial stock-taking of trade facilitation initiatives among participating countries vis-a-vis international frameworks and standards and to the AEC, in particular. Outcomes from the workshops served as inputs to developing the work plan of the training programs that will be conducted under the TA.

Consultation meetings were held with Customs agencies and site visits to border-crossing points were conducted in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam in July-August 2015 to identify knowledge gaps and country specific requirements. Discussions were also held with Customs administrations in Brunei Darussalam and with the Philippines Bureau of Customs to identify forms of support. Work Plans reflecting priority activities to be undertaken under the TA were subsequently developed. Among the areas identified where support was requested include:

(i) post clearance audit,

(ii) enhancement of risk management and intelligence,

(iii) accession/ implementation of RKC;

(iv) development of customs strategy; and

(v) enhancement of human resources management skills.

Implementation of the work plan under each country was undertaken in close coordination and complementary manner with other ADB's Trade Facilitation related initiatives. These initiatives have been very much appreciated by the recipient countries. A total of 825 trainees participated in the trainings / workshops.

Fifteen (15) consultants have been engaged comprising twelve (12) international specialists and three (3) domestic consultants.. Several resource persons have also been engaged to assist in the implementation of TA activities.

All project activities have been completed and financial closing of the TA is underway.

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 A total of 53 person-months of consultancy services will be engaged consisting of 30 person-months of international consultancy and 23 person- months of national consultancy.
Procurement Customs enforcement equipment will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Upon TA completion, procured equipment will be turned over to participating governments in accordance with relevant ADB guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Kanya S. Sasradipoera
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance 02 May 2013
Fact Finding 01 May 2013 to 29 Aug 2013
MRM -
Approval 22 Aug 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Sep 2017

TA 8709-REG

Milestones
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 1,339,977.46

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