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Regional: ADB and UNESCAP’s Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2015

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49231-001 Status: Closed

The APTFF has been jointly organized by ADB and ESCAP together with a local partner in the past six years: Thailand (2009), Malaysia (2010), Republic of Korea (2011), Sri Lanka (2012), People's Republic of China (PRC) (2013), and Thailand (2014). APTFF significantly grew since its inception and it is now a week-long series of events that attract more than 200 participants. This regional small-scale capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) will provide support to the organization of the APTFF 2015, including the preparation of a background paper on trade facilitation to be used as reference for the APTFF. In 2015, APTFF is likely to be held in a city in PRC, other than Beijing.

Project Details

Project Officer
Fahad H. Khan Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name ADB and UNESCAP’s Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2015
Project Number 49231-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8943-REG: ADB and UNESCAP's Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum 2015
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 210,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The APTFF has been jointly organized by ADB and ESCAP together with a local partner in the past six years: Thailand (2009), Malaysia (2010), Republic of Korea (2011), Sri Lanka (2012), People's Republic of China (PRC) (2013), and Thailand (2014). APTFF significantly grew since its inception and it is now a week-long series of events that attract more than 200 participants. This regional small-scale capacity development technical assistance (CDTA) will provide support to the organization of the APTFF 2015, including the preparation of a background paper on trade facilitation to be used as reference for the APTFF. In 2015, APTFF is likely to be held in a city in PRC, other than Beijing.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Capacity development is critically important for trade facilitation reforms to be successfully implemented. Given the nature of trade facilitation, experience sharing is one of effective ways to achieve such a goal. In fact, the APTFF highlights the following key objectives: (i) enable sharing of experiences and knowledge between and among countries in the region; (ii) foster increased understanding and exchange of views between public and private stakeholders, as well as with trade facilitation standards developers and technical assistance providers; (iii) learn about and draw from on-going implementation of national and regional trade facilitation measures; and (iv) introduce relevant international tools, instruments, and facilities aimed at increasing the efficiency of regional and global trade.

Trade Facilitation is crucial for trade and economic development. However, it has attracted a relatively weak attention from policy makers and scholars, compared against other trade policy tools such as tariff, while private sectors have been suffering from the absence of effective trade facilitation reform. The implementation of trade facilitation measures is much more complicated than other trade policies, given the number of important stakeholders involved. Economic studies on trade facilitation is far less developed than those on trade or tariff policy, which makes policy making in this field difficult. Trade facilitation officials sometimes lack support to push the reform agenda because it seldom becomes the top priority of the administration. Thus, it is important for policy makers, practitioners, private sectors and scholars to gather together one a year to extensively discuss trade facilitation issues to reaffirm the importance of trade facilitation and necessary concerted actions.

The partnership between ADB and ESCAP is important, but such is not the goal of APTFF per se. As explained, the fundamental objectives of APTFF are to reaffirm the significance of trade facilitation and to enhance capacity of DMCs through experience sharing and leaning. The two institutions should serve policy makers in the region and jointly providing a single regional platform where various stakeholders can discuss trade facilitation related issues and addressing the problems raised by participants is an effective method to achieve such a goal.

Impact Improved trade facilitation policies (Pillar 2 of the ADB RCI Strategy 2006)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced understanding on trade facilitation
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

APTFF and side

events

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 The Project team will seek comments from RDs and coordinate with UNESCAP.
During Project Implementation The Project team will consult ADB RDs and UNESCAP to ensure smooth delivery of the APTFF 2015.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A national consultant will be engaged for twelve person-months to support the preparation and organization of the APTFF. In addition, the S-CDTA will engage around 20 resource persons who will contribute to the discussions during the various sessions of the APTFF. The national consultant and the resource persons will be engaged using the individual consultant selection in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by ADB and its Borrowers (2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the S-CDTA will be made in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The duration of the TA will be from August 2015 to July 2016.
Responsible ADB Officer Fahad H. Khan
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division ERCI
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Jun 2015
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 11 Aug 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Aug 2015

TA 8943-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Aug 2015 - 11 Aug 2015 31 Jul 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
210,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 210,000.00 11 Aug 2015 106,898.57

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