The TA will support TRS analyses at BCPs to establish the causes of cross-border delays related to border control and clearance procedures. It will also help expand JCC pilots and support the efforts of CAREC countries to improve coordination between their border control agencies and move toward CBM
|Project Name||Coordinated Border Management for Results in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation|
|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|
|Description||The TA will support TRS analyses at BCPs to establish the causes of cross-border delays related to border control and clearance procedures. It will also help expand JCC pilots and support the efforts of CAREC countries to improve coordination between their border control agencies and move toward CBM|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Improved flow of goods and people transiting through CAREC borders|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced coordination and cooperation among all relevant border authorities to facilitate the cross-border movement of goods|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
A Customs Cooperation Committe inception workshop was done from 7-9 April 2014. As a result of the workshop a country specific action plan for TA implementation has been formulated and is under implementation.
Progress has been made to deliver the outputs.
|Description of Project Outputs||
TRS results/indicators established
Guidelines to expand JCC developed
Improved Inter-agency coordination
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
CAREC Trade Facilitation: TA Inception Workshop, 7-9 April 2014, Baku, Azerbaijan. The Inception Workshop was coordinated with AZE SCC and WCO. Country-specific Action Plans for RETA implementation were formulated.
Mongolia Time Release Study (TRS) National Planning Workshop, 29 July to 1 August, 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The National TRS Planning Workshop was coordinated closely with WCO and Mongolia Customs. A TRS action plan was prepared and was discussed with top management of MON customs.
Kyrgyz TRS National Planning Workshop, 10-13 November 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Preparations for the TRS workshop were coordinated with KGZ customs and WCO. A draft action plan to conduct the TRS studies in selected border crossing points (BCP) was prepared.
Kazakhstan TRS National Planning Workshop, 17-20 November 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan. Preparations for the TRS workshop were coordinated with KAZ customs and WCO. A draft action plan to conduct the TRS studies in selected border crossing points (BCP) was prepared
Joint Customs Control (JCC) Case Study. Report on JCC development between PRC and Mongolia finalized and presented to CAREC members.
Coordinated Border Management- Coordination between customs and immigration authorities. First field visit was done from 13 to 24 January 2015. Report has been finalized and presented to PRC and Mongolia.
CBM consultant and TRS consultants have been engaged to assess implementation of TRS and make better use of the data gathered including data provided by the private sector. A regional workshop was held on 17-18 May 2016.
Coordinated Border Management Joint Training for Mongolia (customs, immigration, sanitary phytosanitary agencies) was held in Mongolia from 2-6 May.
A Tajikistan TRS National Planning Workshop was held from 22 to 26 August 2016.
A CAREC Coordinated Border Management Workshop was held from 9 to 11 November 2016 in Bishkek. The workshop was conducted by a WCO expert.
A TRS workshop is planned on 27-28 April 2017 in Almaty.
The project has been extended to end on 30 September 2017.
An international consultant was engaged to assist in providing technical inputs in the finalization of the SPS report to complement the coordinated border management approach to facilitating trade.
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The design and components of the project were discussed in the framework of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC). Comments and suggestions from CCC members were incorporated into the TA formulation.|
|During Project Implementation||CCC members agreed to work towards prompt implementation of the TA.|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require 30 person-months of intermittent international consulting services and 56 person-months of intermittent national consulting services. Consultants and resource persons will be specialists in the areas of customs reform, customs law, trade facilitation, and regional cooperation. In view of the TA project's diverse activities, consultants and resource persons will be selected on an individual basis. The consultant will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with the Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Zhang, Yuebin|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||08 Mar 2013|
|Fact Finding||05 Nov 2012 to 09 Nov 2012|
|Approval||16 Dec 2013|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||23 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|16 Dec 2013||-||16 Dec 2013||31 Jan 2016||30 Sep 2017||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,250,000.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,350,000.00||16 Dec 2013||725,319.52|
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|Coordinated Border Management for Results in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2013|
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