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Regional: Assessing Trade Facilitation and Transport Logistics Performance in the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47294-001 Status: Closed

1. This small-scale policy and advisory technical assistance (S-PATA) will establish the baseline for future regional technical assistance for trade and transport facilitation (TTF) in the Pacific Region. This initiative is in response to needs identified at a regional workshop with Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) held in Suva in April 2013. The overall scope and design is aimed at assessing current performance of trade facilitation and transport logistics and developing an understanding of trade and transport flows in the Pacific. Design and monitoring framework for the S-PATA is included in Appendix 1.

Project Details

Project Officer
Alexandra Pamela Chiang Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Assessing Trade Facilitation and Transport Logistics Performance in the Pacific
Project Number 47294-001
Country Regional
Papua New Guinea
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8599-REG: Assessing Trade Facilitation and Transport Logistics Performance in the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description 1. This small-scale policy and advisory technical assistance (S-PATA) will establish the baseline for future regional technical assistance for trade and transport facilitation (TTF) in the Pacific Region. This initiative is in response to needs identified at a regional workshop with Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) held in Suva in April 2013. The overall scope and design is aimed at assessing current performance of trade facilitation and transport logistics and developing an understanding of trade and transport flows in the Pacific. Design and monitoring framework for the S-PATA is included in Appendix 1.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

This small-scale policy and advisory technical assistance (S-PATA) will establish the baseline for future regional technical assistance for trade and transport facilitation (TTF) in the Pacific Region. This initiative is in response to needs identified at a regional workshop with Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) held in Suva in April 2013. The overall scope and design is aimed at assessing current performance of trade facilitation and transport logistics and developing an understanding of trade and transport flows in the Pacific. Design and monitoring framework for the S-PATA is included in Appendix 1.

At the Pacific Islands Forum meeting held in the Marshall Islands in September 2013, Forum leaders highlighted the importance of regional integration and expressed commitment to reinvigorate this strategic priority of the Pacific Plan. The Forum Trade Ministers meeting also highlighted the importance of addressing high trade and transport costs within the Pacific and with economies outside the region. This proposed S-PATA is expected to identify inefficiencies and bottlenecks that contribute to the high cost and time of trade and transport for Pacific countries.

Impact Improved understanding of trade and transport logistics performance in the Pacific.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved availability and ownership of relevant assessment tools and indicators for trade and transport logistics performance in selected Pacific countries.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

(1) Assessment tools for trade facilitation and transport logistic performance.

(2) Regional analysis for trade and transport flow for priority trade corridors and routes.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation An additional Trade Facilitation Expert to the lead Trade Facilitation Consultant has been fielded to support the lead consultant already engaged under a separate Regional Technical Assistance on Trade and Transport Facilitation in the Pacific to conduct and complete the Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism (TTFMM) baseline study in Timor-Leste, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga, and assist in the compilation and preparation of the study reports in the formats as specified by UNESCAP and ADB.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A team of individual consultants will be recruited fr up to 15.5 person months by the ADB in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants to implement the 12-month technical assistance.

The consultants will be guided by the ADB Pacific Department Transport Sector team in coordination with PAcific government reqpresentatives from trade, customs and transportation agencies wa well as resource experts from UNESCAP and the WCO. In each country, a working gourp of participating representatives will be set up to (i) review the scope of the assessments to be conducted; (ii) select product for which export/import processess will be evaluated; (iii) select specific trade corridor/routes and/or mode of transprot; and (iv) gateway seaport/airport to cover. Assessment teams will be set up and resource experts from WHO and UNESCAP will conduct training workshops for data collection.

Responsible ADB Officer Alexandra Pamela Chiang
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 -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 19 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2017

TA 8599-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2013 - 19 Dec 2013 15 Jan 2015 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 19 Dec 2013 77,231.24

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Trade Facilitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jul 2017 30 Jul 2017

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