|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|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
A comprehensive report mapping the current border processes and recommending areas for change in both Lao PDR and Cambodia was prepared and presented in November-December. But it is unlikely that there will be many changes arising from this given some of the more fundamental problems identified eg the growing role of informal borders.
Workshops have been held in all three countries on pest list development and the integration of pest management into GAP. A regional workshop on these matters is planned for mid-2017.
Separate 3 day workshops have been held on Food safety hazards and parameters in Myanmar, Lao PDR and then Cambodia in November that provided training in the nature of food hazards and the best means of managing them and the nature of testing required including at the border for key hazards. A whole suite of further food safety national workshops and at least 2 regional workshops are planned for 2017.
Two workshops in Lao PDR and Cambodia were held on forestry pest management issues respectively in July, targeted to the particular needs of each country (one was on wood packaging the other on the approval of fumigant operators) with the support of our plant health consultant. One day workshops were then held in all three countries in November-December on the establishment of forestry surveillance programs.
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The Customs/Border consultant fielded missions in both Lao PDR and Cambodia in July and September 2016 ,respectively, to map the current export and import approval processes for SPS products and identify areas for improvement. This work resulted in a comprehensive report that was presented in these countries in November-December 2016.
The IT consultant commenced work on developing IT plans for the respective SPS agencies in November-December 2016.
The plant health consultant led separate workshops in all three countries on (i) the development of pest lists and their use in market access negotiations and (ii) the integration of pest management practices into GAP for plant products with the support of our forestry consultant.
The food safety consultant led separate 3 day workshops were held on Food safety hazards and parameters in Myanmar, Lao PDR and then Cambodia in November that provided training in the nature of food hazards and the best means of managing them and the nature of testing required including at the border for key hazards.
The forestry consultant led two workshops in Lao PDR and Cambodia on forestry pest management issues respectively in July, targeted to the particular needs of each country (one was on wood packaging the other on the approval of fumigant operators) with the support of our plant health consultant. One day workshops were then held in all three countries in November-December on the establishment of forestry surveillance programs.
Conducted regional and national workshops and other training to the departments involved so as to plug some of the gaps drawing on work done in the SPS projects in Lao PDR, Cambodia and, if possible, Vietnam, as a result of the work in Output 1.
A total of 22 workshops/training sessions totally 27 days of contact time (i.e. some workshops lasted a couple of days) have been conducted thus far under the project. These workshops have received an average evaluation score of 4/5 or _very good_. Attendance has ranged from around 10 to close to 40 participants depending on targets for each workshop and actual attendance. Of these workshops 19 were of a more technical training nature.
Regional workshops are planned for mid-2017 covering food safety parameters, pest list development and using a systems approach for improving export performance.
Prepared the first M and E as part of the Interim Report submitted in Jan 2017. The plan is that after every mission and workshop, the consultant team will discuss learnings and adapt.
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
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Oct 2014||-||02 Oct 2014||31 Aug 2017||30 Nov 2017||-|
|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||681,126.83|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|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.
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