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Maldives: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51330-001 Status: Active

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
Masato Nakane South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Maldives
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
Project Number 51330-001
Country 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
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
Loan 3794-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 5.00 million
TA 9739-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project
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 / Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming 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) Top 40 ranking on the World Bank ease of doing business score achieved by 2025.

(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 technologies to support national single window and trade facilitation pilot tested.

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

Responsible ADB Officer Masato Nakane
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Treasury)
Ameenee Magu, Block 379, Male', Republic
of Maldives
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 31 May 2019

Grant 0646-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 17 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.99 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.00 30 May 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.99 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 May 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

Loan 3794-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 17 Jun 2019 - 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.00 30 May 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 May 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

TA 9739-MLD

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2019 - 05 Jul 2019 30 Jun 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 30 May 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
Grant No. 51330-MLD: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project [GD-01] Invitation for Bids Closed 23 Apr 2019 10 Jun 2019
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Apr 2019 08 May 2019
National Single Window Project Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Apr 2019 08 May 2019

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found