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 Name||Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program|
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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.|
Inclusive and sustainable economic growth promoted
Growth potential in CAREC members enhanced
|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.|
|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|
|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.
|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|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||22 Mar 2018|
|Fact Finding||25 Jun 2018 to 26 Jun 2018|
|Approval||15 Feb 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Feb 2019||-||15 Feb 2019||30 Jun 2021||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Implementing the Integrated Trade Agenda in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Feb 2019|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030 Issues Papers||Reports||Feb 2019|
|CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030 and Rolling Strategic Action Plan 2018–2020||Policies, Strategies, and Plans||Feb 2019|
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