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 TA contributes to pillar 2 (trade and investment) and pillar 4 (cooperation in regional public goods) of ADB's Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The TA supports the GMS program of action for trade and transport facilitation endorsed at the 16th Ministerial Conference for GMS cooperation in this area. Close coordination with the GMS Working Group on Agriculture and GMS trade facilitation related work will be maintained throughout TA implementation. Consultation with the private sector will be pursued.
|Project Name||Enhancing Capacity of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Arrangements to Facilitate Trade 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||No gender elements|
|Description||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 TA contributes to pillar 2 (trade and investment) and pillar 4 (cooperation in regional public goods) of ADB's Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy. The TA supports the GMS program of action for trade and transport facilitation endorsed at the 16th Ministerial Conference for GMS cooperation in this area. Close coordination with the GMS Working Group on Agriculture and GMS trade facilitation related work will be maintained throughout TA implementation. Consultation with the private sector will be pursued.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The proposed JFPR trade facilitation TA will build on the SPS projects for CLV, and extend SPS analysis and consultations to the GMS. It will also add value by bringing in the other countries to pursue GMS level analysis, discussions and consensus of SPS issues. In addition, the TA will prioritize analysis on cooperation between customs and SPS agencies to strengthen the linkage between them, particularly in the areas of risk profiling, risk management and information sharing, through enhanced data sharing, and the establishment of a coherent and integrated approach to risk management. This analysis will lay the essential steps that will eventually contribute the groundwork towards establishment of national single window systems and realization of the ASEAN single window, as well as the Asian Cargo Highway. The TA is in line with the trade and transport facilitation action plan endorsed by the GMS countries.
While the TA covers all GMS countries, TA activities will only be carried out in participating countries and in areas where there is demand and gaps in analysis and capacity development. TA scope and activities will be discussed in details and determined during fact finding missions with counterpart countries and agencies, and in close coordination with the ongoing and planned activities by ADB and other development partners to ensure synergy and collaboration.
|Impact||Agriculture, food and forestry (AFF) products in participating GMS countries traded in greater quantities|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced SPS management system to cooperate with customs administrations in promoting trade in GMS|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
SPS agencies in Myanmar are now taking the first tentative steps towards co-operation. There seems greater clarity around priorities within the SPS agencies and a clearer focus on core domestic capacity building like surveillance and laboratory testing (and less of an emphasis on improving the official border posts) at least at middle management levels.
In Lao PDR the priorities worked up in the draft SPS Action Plan mirror those that have emerged from the Stage 2 financing work so the benefits are likely to have been more marginal but there has already been a shift in thinking of at least middle managers away from such a strong focus on border operations to more domestic capacity building (e.g. in animal health).
In Cambodia the draft SPS Action Plan is yet to be fully considered
|Description of Project Outputs||
Analysis and knowledge sharing on SPS and cooperation between customs and SPS agencies conducted in GMS.
Capacity development and regional cooperation mechanism supported.
M&E and project management system established
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
In the first 6 months of 2017 the first SPS management workshop in Cambodia was conducted by the consulting firm. A follow up workshop in Myanmar was also conducted to progress the development of SPS Action Plans in those countries and explain the importance of focussing on core functions domestically for improving SPS (as opposed to focused on formal border facilities).
Following the workshop in Myanmar, based on the document presented to the Director Generals of the key SPS agencies concerned , a paper was prepared setting out some of the challenges faced through the lack of clarity in mandates of the agencies involved and the problems with a lack of co-ordination and options for addressing both of these issues. This paper was presented to a meeting of Director Generals or their delegates in June. From that meeting, prepared a survey for staff in each of the agencies and to report back with a paper advising on the results of this survey and recommending changes. The plan is to do this work jointly with the agencies by the end of 2017.
The workshop in Cambodia resulted in the production of a draft SPS Action Plan reflecting the key priorities of the SPS agencies over the next 3-5 years. Also provided a further presentation on the challenges of trying to manage SPS issues at borders for countries with long land boundaries and the need to apply domestic controls to better manage food safety and plant and animal health risks.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The ADB fact finding missions met relevant Government regulatory agencies, including key SPS and Customs agencies. The Mission also met with main development partners that are active and/or have competence in the field, to share information, and to maintain close coordination.|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholder consultations, including with the private sector (agro-food businesses, freight forwarders, traders, transporters etc.) will be pursued during project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||The TA will be implemented over 36 months. A consulting firm, using Quality and Cost Based Selection method (QCBS) will be recruited to provide the services. Tentatively, a total of 46 person-months international and 40 person-months of national consultants, with expertise in in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and Customs risk based border management and clearance, ICT, SPS plant pests, forest pests and market access will be required. The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The team of consultants will closely coordinate with the ADB GMS SPS project in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam and with various ongoing activities in the GMS countries.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nguyen, Hung Ba|
|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||02 Jul 2013|
|Fact Finding||19 Aug 2013 to 10 Sep 2013|
|Approval||02 Oct 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||28 Sep 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Oct 2014||-||02 Oct 2014||31 Aug 2017||31 Aug 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000,000.00||02 Oct 2014||955,242.12|
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|Enhancing Capacity of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Arrangements to Facilitate Trade in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2014|
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ADB, Japan Help GMS Countries Continue Push For Seamless Cross Border TradeADB and the Government of Japan are providing technical assistance to help Greater Mekong Subregion member countries tackle weaknesses in sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) procedures, which are undermining cross border trade flows.
No tenders for this project were found.
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 8732||17 Apr 2015||British Standards Institution (United Kingdom) in association with Mekong Economics Ltd. (Viet Nam)||Asian Development Bank||1749910|
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