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 steadily making good progress towards inter-agency co-operation as well as adopting relevant international standards and practices. A clear 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 has gained traction.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, support has been provided in synergy with the national project supported by ADB.|
|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)||
Multiple SPS management workshops in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar was conducted to strengthen SPS management and coordination among relevant agencies. SPS Action Plans were also developed in those countries focussing on core functions domestically for improving SPS (as opposed to focused on formal border facilities). Series of capacity development and advisory meetings were conducted in all participating countries to assist improvements in regulatory and procedural processing and operations. These are done in close coordination and synergy with national projects where appropriate.The support resulted in improvements in regulations, procedures and risk management of various SPS issues, and paving the way for further investments in boosting up SPS capabilities in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar.
Project will be completed by end of September 2019.
|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.Special consultations in Myanmar are in progress to inform the Government's investment in strengthening both public and private sector capabilities in SPS and Food Safety to scale up safer trade in agro-produce.|
|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||24 Sep 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Oct 2014||-||02 Oct 2014||31 Aug 2017||30 Sep 2019||-|
|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||1,760,220.61|
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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 Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Nov 2020|
|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.
|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Food Safety||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Oct 2018||24 Oct 2018|
|Adminstrative support for food security||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Oct 2018||23 Oct 2018|
|International Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Expert - Team Leader||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Oct 2018||23 Oct 2018|
|International Agribusiness Expert||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Apr 2018||25 Apr 2018|
|Procurement Expert-National||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Mar 2018||27 Mar 2018|
|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||1,749,910.00||—|
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