46502-001: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific | Asian Development Bank

Regional: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 46502-001 Status: Active

Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.

Project Details

Project Officer
Chiang, Alexandra Pamela Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific
Project Number 46502-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8674-REG: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
TA 8674-REG: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 8674-REG: Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific (2nd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
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

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Weak trade and transport logistics performance is a key factor constraining interregional and intraregional trade growth in the Pacific. Very limited information is available on specific bottlenecks in Pacific countries. To improve competitiveness and trade and transport facilitation (TTF) performance in the areas of infrastructure, services, and procedures and processes, Pacific DMCs are seeking assistance to strategically reform, modernize, and strengthen the capacity of institutions, and invest in trade-related infrastructure. This TA is designed to consider the remote and archipelagic nature of Pacific DMCs and respond to these needs selectively.

The expected impact of the TA will be improved trade competitiveness of Pacific DMCs, and the outcome will be participating Pacific DMCs governments strategically plan trade and transport facilitation investments. The expected impact of the TA will be measured by a decrease in the time and cost to export and import.

The TA will conduct a regional analysis that examines the trade and transport linkages and provides insights on where and how Pacific DMCs can benefit from the emerging opportunities that growth in Asia provides.

Impact Improved trade competiveness of Pacific countries.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Governments strategically plan trade and transport facilitation investments
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Assessment tools for trade facilitation and transport logistic performance are established and institutionalized

National and regional agency capacity to assess trade and transport demand and design investment and policy options strengthened

Regional and national agency capacity to improve logistics and customs performance strengthened

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

The expected TA impact will be improved trade competitiveness of Pacific DMCs. The TA comprises two main components. The first component is a Regional Transport Study to assess trade and transport demand to develop and design investment and policy options. An international firm, ICF Consulting Services Hong Kong Limited (ICF), has been mobilized to undertake this study. The study is progressing well. ICF delivered the inception report in August 2016, a regional workshop was successfully organized by the firm on 2 3 November 2016, which was participate by Government representatives from all six participating DMCs (FIJ, PNG, SAM, TIM, TON, VAN). The feedback from the workshop was incorporated in a demand and baseline report that was submitted in December 2016. At the request of the government of Papua New Guinea, ICF has also completed feasibility studies for climate proofing a provincial wharf in Alotau to help prepare an additional financing to Building Resilience to Climate Change Project. This is one of the three pre-feasibility studies that ICF was contracted to deliver.

On 21 June 2017, the firm presented its technical findings and proposed shortlist of investment projects to PARD management. The agreed priority projects that need further feasibility studies are: (a) the proposed x-ray scanner to streamline customs process under the proposed Ports Development Project in Samoa (for approval in early 2018); (b) rationalization and development of Queen Salote Terminal in Nuku'alofa Port, Tonga; (c) public private partnerships opportunity for Pekoa International Airport in Vanuatu; (d) rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing wharves at Honiara and Noro Ports, Solomon Islands, and (e) expansion of Funafuti wharf in Tuvalu.

The second component is the Trade Facilitation component that would develop assessment tools for trade facilitation to enable the design of investment and policy options. Since inception, a Transport Logistics Expert (international) and Trade Facilitation Expert have been engaged. Surveys have commenced to analyze business processes for key exports and time-release studies surveys in Fiji, Samoa, and Timor-Leste.

TA increase of $1 million from TASF-6 was approved in August 2017 to finance the change in scope and implementation arrangements. The studies for projects (a), (b), and (c) will be covered within the Trade Facilitation Expert's and ICF's current contracts. To prepare projects (d) and (e), to include Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. These additional studies will scale up the TA's outputs and outcome and increase its coverage of the Pacific Region, thus contributing to trade competitiveness of the Pacific DMCs. This would enable ADB to bring benefits of enhanced efficiency in project preparation to a greater number of DMCs in the Pacific region, thereby augmenting the outcome of the TA. The TA impact will remain unchanged. Accordingly, the design and monitoring framework has been revised.

The International Gateway Ports and Airports Development Options Workshop for the Regional Transport Sector Study is scheduled this October 2017.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

ADB's Pacific Department will be the executing agency for the R-CDTA. ADB will coordinate with the governments and other stakeholders at the country level and guide the implementation of the S-PATA activities.

The R-CDTA will finance consultant services for a total of about 121 person-months. UNESCAP and WCO resource experts, individual consultants and a firm will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

During Project Implementation The TA closing date has been extended to December 2017. ADB's Pacific Department will be the executing agency for the TA and will coordinate with the governments and other stakeholders in the Pacific DMCs and guide implementation of the TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The assessment team will mainly conduct the studies and training activities of output 1 and 3. The modeling team will focus on output 2 activities; and the planning team will work with the reports from the assessment and the modeling activities to develop transport and logistics improvement investment plans and policy options.ADB will coordinate closely with international and bilateral agencies in implementing this R-CDTA. Staff from UNESCAP and WCO will serve as resource experts. The analytical tools and work products of the R-CDTA will be retained, maintained and disseminated by national and regional institutions to ensure sustainability of support. The joint publications developed with partners, based on activities of the R-CDTA, will be shared at Pacific regional forums, regional cooperation and integration and other knowledge events, and relevant public forums.
Procurement The R-CDTA will finance consultant services for a total of about 121 person-months. UNESCAP and WCO resource experts, individual consultants and a firm will be engaged by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Chiang, Alexandra Pamela
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 May 2014
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Jun 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2017

TA 8674-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2016 31 Dec 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 350,000.00 3,850,000.00 30 Jun 2014 1,166,045.98

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