Maldives : South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project

Sovereign Project | 51330-001

The project will leverage information and communication technology to improve efficiency in cross-border control procedures. It will support the development of an automated system that will enable sharing of harmonized data across systems of cross-border regulatory agencies, Maldives Ports Limited, and Maldives Airports Company Limited. It will also allow traders and other service providers to submit, and to obtain unified clearance of, export and import documentation requirements through a single point of entry. The report also describes a technical assistance that will support the Government of Maldives in related capacity development of various stakeholders, including on change management.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Gentile, Elisabetta
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Maldives
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
Project Number
51330-001
Country / Economy
  • Maldives
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0646-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Loan 3794-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
Source Amount
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 5.00 million
TA 9739-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
High Level Technology Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Partnerships
  • Private sector development
Sector / Subsector
  • Industry and trade /

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The project will leverage information and communication technology to improve efficiency in cross-border control procedures. It will support the development of an automated system that will enable sharing of harmonized data across systems of cross-border regulatory agencies, Maldives Ports Limited, and Maldives Airports Company Limited. It will also allow traders and other service providers to submit, and to obtain unified clearance of, export and import documentation requirements through a single point of entry. The report also describes a technical assistance that will support the Government of Maldives in related capacity development of various stakeholders, including on change management.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Maldives is one of the smallest countries in Asia and the Pacific by population and land area. Its estimated population of 436,330 is widely dispersed over 188 inhabited islands across an archipelago that is more than 800 kilometers long and 130 kilometers wide. Despite its geographical challenges, Maldives has successfully developed many islands into high-end tourist resorts. Strong growth in the tourism and tourism-related activities helped the country attain middle-income status in 2011. However, Maldives' narrow economic base, which is largely concentrated on tourism, fisheries, and construction, has constrained its growth prospects.

An national single window (NSW) is designed to facilitate and establish an efficient international trade environment by reducing delays and lowering costs associated with clearance of goods, while maintaining the requisite controls and collection of levies, fees, duties, and taxes, where applicable, on imports or exports. The NSW road map and business process redesign for the NSW in Maldives were prepared to help improve trading across borders. The road map defines the scope for business process redesign of procedures and data harmonization among the five cross-border regulatory agencies and identifies the legal framework requirements and business model options for the NSW operator. The business process redesign provides the design for streamlined procedures within the NSW environment. Maldives' NSW development will follow international standards, as embodied in the United Nations recommendations.

The project will establish an NSW in Maldives as an electronic platform, which allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardized information and documents at a single entry point to fulfill all import- and export-related statutory requirements. The NSW will provide an efficient environment for streamlined international trade procedures between private sector stakeholders and border control agencies. This includes (i) a labor-saving set of standardized and transparent international trade procedures, (ii) enhanced border control, and (iii) more readily available data on trade flows. The establishment of the NSW is in line with the operational priorities for trade facilitation under the SASEC program.

Impact

(i) Efficient international trade facilitation ensured.

(ii) Faster, cheaper, and more predictable cross-border trade in the SASEC subregion achieved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Efficiency in cargo clearance improved.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

National Single Window system for international trade and reengineered trade processes established.

Capacity of relevant agencies and private users, including women to utilize the NSW developed

High-level technology to support national single window and trade facilitation pilot tested.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
NSW system is under rebidding process for system development and pilot test NSW phase 1. Bids received on 30 May 2022. Bid evaluation panel held introductory first meeting on 25 July 2022. Estimated time for completion of bid evaluation is mid-Aug 2022. Technical bid evaluation report was received on 27 October 2022. Financial bids were opened on 14 November 2022, evaluation is ongoing. NSW system is under rebidding process for system development and pilot test NSW phase 1. Technical bid evaluation report was received on 27 October 2022.NSW system is under rebidding process for system development and pilot test NSW phase 1. Technical bid evaluation report was received on 27 October 2022.NSW system is under rebidding process for development pilot test NSW phase 1NSW system is under rebidding process for development pilot test NSW phase 1NSW system is under rebidding process for development pilot test NSW phase 1E-transaction bill submitted to Parliament in August 2021, first reading completed and is currently at the committee stage. E-transaction Bill enacted on 27 April 2022.Dissemination of the findings of pilot testing is tentatively scheduled in Q1 2023.Pilot test for utilizing blockchain technology in trade facilitation has been ongoing since September 2020 and is estimated to be completed by Q4 2022.
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
C
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

International expertise (29 person-months)

National expertise (8 person-months)

Procurement

1. One contract to develop, install, supply, and maintain national single window software and hardware.

2. One contract for the Automated System for Customs Data enhancement software development.

3. Four contracts to interface development in existing software systems.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Gentile, Elisabetta
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Public Sector Management and Governance Sector Office (SG-PSMG)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Treasury)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
19 Dec 2017
Fact Finding
12 Aug 2018 to 16 Aug 2018
MRM
15 Jan 2019
Approval
30 May 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
15 Dec 2022

Funding

Grant 0646-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 17 Jun 2019 15 Oct 2019 31 Dec 2023 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 6.99
ADB 5.00
Counterpart 1.99
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 28 May 2024 2.55 0.00 67%
Cumulative Disbursements 28 May 2024 0.98 0.00 26%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 3794-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 17 Jun 2019 15 Oct 2019 31 Dec 2023 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 5.00
ADB 5.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 28 May 2024 3.18 0.00 64%
Cumulative Disbursements 28 May 2024 0.63 0.00 13%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 9739-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 05 Jul 2019 05 Jul 2019 30 Jun 2023 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
28 May 2024 681,656.28
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Amendments to the Loan and Grant Agreements for Loan 3794-MLD and Grant 0646-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Oct 2023
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2022) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2023
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2022
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Aug 2021
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2021
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (17 June-31 December 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2020
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations [Concessional]) for Loan 3794-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jun 2019
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0646-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project Grant Agreement Jun 2019
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Apr 2019
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Apr 2019
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Apr 2019
SASEC National Single Window Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2017

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Blockchain Technology for Paperless Trade Facilitation in Maldives Reports Dec 2020

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  • 31 May 2019 | News Release

    ADB Backing High-Tech Systems in Maldives to Promote Trade

    ADB has approved a financial package totaling $11 million to bring in a single electronic platform in Maldives to improve the speed and efficiency of cross-border control procedures employing the latest in high-tech systems.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
IT Specialist / Software Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Lead Consultant / Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Lead Consultant / Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
IT Specialist / Software Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Internal Auditor Individual - Consulting Closed
Legal Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Software Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Accountant Individual - Consulting Closed
Loan 3794/Grant0646-MLD: South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project [Package No. 01 R] Invitation for prequalification Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
National Single Window Capacity Building Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed
Grant No. 51330-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project [GD-01] Invitation for Bids Closed
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Supply, Install, Configure, Develop and Maintain NSW Software and Hardware (Turnkey NSW System) Loan 3794 13 Oct 2023 CrimsonLogic Pte. Ltd., Singapore | 31 Science Park Road, The Crimson, Singapore 117611 Ministry of Finance 3,524,009.44 2,008,685.38
SUPPLY, INSTALL, CONFIGURE, DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN N SW SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE (TURNKEY NSW SYSTEM) Loan 3794 31 Dec 2019 WEBB FONTAINE ASIA INC | 40F, ONE SAN MIGUEL AVENUE CONDOMINIUM, CORNER SHAW BLVD & SAN MIGUEL AVE, ORTGA PHILIPPINES Ministry of Finance 6,772,236.00 3,386,118.00
SUPPLY INSTALL CONFIGURE DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN NSW SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE (TURNKEY NSW SYSTEM) Grant 0646 30 Dec 2019 WEBB FONTAINE ASIA INC | 40F ONE SAN MIGUEL AVE CONDOMINIUM COR NER SHAW BLVD & SAN MIGUEL AVE ORTIGAS PHILIPPINES Ministry of Finance 3,386,118.00

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Feb 2021