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Regional: Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52011-001 Status: Active

The TA will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030 under the framework of CAREC 2030 Strategy - specifically, the three-year rolling strategic action plan of CITA.

Project Details

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Lazaro, Dorothea East Asia Department Request for information
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  • Regional
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 52011-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Mongolia
Pakistan
China, People's Republic of
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9712-REG: Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 800,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Small and medium enterprise development - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030 under the framework of CAREC 2030 Strategy - specifically, the three-year rolling strategic action plan of CITA.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy CAREC 2030 provides the mandate to develop a trade strategy with forward-looking options and possibilities and address the increasingly intertwined issues of trade policy and trade facilitation in a synergistic manner.
Impact

Inclusive and sustainable economic growth promoted

Growth potential in CAREC members enhanced

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome policy measures on the integration of CAREC countries with the global economy improved
Progress Toward Outcome The CAREC countries remain committed to continuing engagement for policy reforms and regional cooperation to achieve the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030 which promotes trade expansion through increased market access, greater diversification and stronger institutions for trade.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Market access increased

Greater economic diversification promoted

Institutions for trade strengthened

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

The CITA 2030 Implementation Report 2018-2019 was prepared in consultation with the CAREC trade institutions, namely, the Regional Trade Group, the Customs Cooperation Committee and Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Regional Working Group. Good progress has been achieved since CITA 2030's endorsement in November 2018, particularly in terms of delivering a number of regional and national interventions under CITA 2030 and RSAP 2018-2020, as well as dissemination of CITA 2030 to stakeholders. The report was well received and highly appreciated by the CAREC member countries. The report and the new Rolling Strategic Action Plan (RSAP) (2019-2021) will be for consideration and endorsement at the 18th CAREC Ministerial Conference in November 2019.

To date, key achievements supported by the TA include:

i. organization of the annual meetings of the Regional Trade Group and Customs Cooperation Committee in June 2019, which contributed to productive discussions and positive outcomes as indicated in the CITA implementation report and the development of RSAP 2019-2021;

ii. finalized beta version of the Trade Information Portal in the CAREC website for consultation with member countries and preparation of the baseline and target CITA results indicators based on the methodology presented at the RTG meeting in June 2019;

iii. subregional workshop on CAREC Advanced Transit System and meeting of insurance companies in April 2019;

iv. dissemination of CITA to wider audience, such as at the CAREC Think Tank's Forum in August 2019, publication of CITA 2030 and RSAP 2018-2020 and CITA 2030 Issues Papers in English and Russian versions, and ADB blog articles. In November 2019, ADB joined the regional conference on Productive Capacities, Trade and Sustainable Development Goals in Central Asia was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan and development partners, namely, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GIZ), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan were trade initiatives including CITA were presented;

v. first draft of study on advancing economic diversification through the development of the services sector completed;

vi. joint ADB and CAREC Institute study on Regulatory Framework for e-Commerce Development in the CAREC Region for completion;

vii. assistance to Turkmenistan in preparing for WTO accession in discussions with WTO and other development partners and recruitment of consultant ongoing; and

viii. In December 2019, a Negotiation Management Workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Multilateral Negotiations, Bertelsmann Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, World Economic Forum, and German Development Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants were delegations from the different ministries of the government of Kazakhstan and Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva to support Kazakhstan's hosting of the WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference to be held in Nursultan in 2020.

Planned activities for first half of 2020 including the 3rd RTG meeting are being re-scheduled to second half of 2020.

Geographical Location Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Under the CAREC Strategy 2030, there is a need to develop a new trade strategy that would discuss the increasingly intertwined issues of trade policy and trade facilitation while expanding to other trade-linkages within CAREC 2030's other operational clusters. For purposes of developing the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030, a regional workshop was held in Bangkok in December 2017. Thereafter, a consultation paper with guiding questions was circulated for official comments of CAREC countries in February 2018. Subsequently, a series of stakeholders consultations were attended by trade-related agencies from CAREC members, development partners and international organizations in Almaty and Ulaanbaatar in March 2018, in Tbilisi and Beijing in April 2018 and in Islamabad in August 2018. A high-level consultation for private sector perspective was organized at the Astana Economic Forum in May 2018. The CITA Working Paper was reviewed at the inaugural meeting of CAREC's Regional Trade Group and Senior Officials Meeting in June 2018 and at the National Focal Points Meeting in October 2018. CITA 2030 and its rolling strategic action plan (RSAP) 2018-2020 was endorsed at the 17th CAREC Ministerial Conference on 15 November 2018. The proposed TA will support the implementation of CITA 2030, particularly the activities under the three-year RSAP 2018-2020.
During Project Implementation

Appointed representatives of CAREC countries and development partners participated at the 2nd Regional Trade Group meeting in June 2019. The meeting discussed the progress of CITA and the implementation of activities under the RSAP. To maintain its relevance, a new RSAP for 2019-2021 has been deliberated at the meeting and reported to the Senior Officials Meeting in June 2019 and National Focal Points in September 2019 for endorsement at the 18th Ministerial Conference in November 2019.

In addition, an informal meeting among development partners with trade-related programs was organised in June 2019 to create synergies and minimize duplication of efforts.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Individual consultants will be recruited since a wide range of experience and expertise are required and specific knowledge of CAREC program and countries. Lump-sum or output-based contracts will be considered.
Procurement There is no planned procurement for this KSTA.
Responsible ADB Officer Lazaro, Dorothea
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 22 Mar 2018
Fact Finding 25 Jun 2018 to 26 Jun 2018
MRM -
Approval 15 Feb 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2020

TA 9712-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019 30 Jun 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00 15 Feb 2019 326,285.40

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Estimating the Impact of Azerbaijan’s Accession to the WTO Individual - Consulting Active 13 Aug 2020 19 Aug 2020
Communications Specialist - Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the CAREC Program Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jul 2020 28 Jul 2020
International Trade and Investment Expert for the Study on Advancing the Economic Diversification in CAREC Countries Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Jul 2020 16 Jul 2020
Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program - CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) Program Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Mar 2020 19 Mar 2020
Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program - World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Trade Expert (WTO Accession Support for Turkmenistan) Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Mar 2020 11 Mar 2020
Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program - Regional Cooperation and Trade Coordinator in Mongolia Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Mar 2020 10 Mar 2020
International Trade and Investment Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jul 2019 18 Jul 2019
Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program -Trade in Services Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2019 22 Apr 2019
Trade Economist International Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Mar 2019 19 Mar 2019

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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