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Regional: Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52123-001 Status: Active

The TA will support the momentum and realization of SASEC countries trade facilitation initiatives by bringing policy reform actions closer to the implementation stage. The TA will have three major outputs (i) Implementation frameworks, blueprints, and road maps in modern customs administration complete; (ii) Tools to enhance transparency of standards in SPS and TBT developed; and (iii) Cross-border transport facilitation studies along key SASEC routes and border crossing points completed

Project Details

Project Officer
Pangilinan, Aileen H. South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 52123-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9578-REG: Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9578-REG: Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 9578-REG: Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will support the momentum and realization of SASEC countries trade facilitation initiatives by bringing policy reform actions closer to the implementation stage. The TA will have three major outputs (i) Implementation frameworks, blueprints, and road maps in modern customs administration complete; (ii) Tools to enhance transparency of standards in SPS and TBT developed; and (iii) Cross-border transport facilitation studies along key SASEC routes and border crossing points completed
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The SASEC program fully recognizes the important role of transport and trade facilitation for regional economic integration and competitiveness. Although the subregion is one of the least integrated regions in the world for trade, studies have shown that intra-regional trade in South Asia could rise by as much as 60%, and the region's trade with the rest of the world could grow by 30% if trade facilitation systems could be elevated to international standards. Trade facilitation could enhance SASEC countries' competitiveness by allowing goods and services to be traded on time and with low transaction costs. It could facilitate increased participation by South Asian business and trade in regional and global value chains through quick and less costly movement of goods over borders and greater outsourcing potential for cost competitiveness. Trade facilitation in South Asia, however, faces enormous challenges with major bottlenecks including cumbersome customs procedures, inadequate trade-related infrastructure, weak capacity to implement standards and technical regulations, poor border-related infrastructure, and inadequate cross-border transport arrangements to support the seamless movement of goods and services in the subregion. In line with efforts to improve their economies' competitiveness and ease of doing business, Government agencies related to trade facilitation in the seven participating SASEC countries recognize the value of working together in jointly addressing the key bottlenecks to cross-border trade under the SASEC framework.
Impact International trade and transport for SASEC countries made faster, cheaper, and more predictable, while maintaining the security of the supply chain and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the institutions involved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Trade facilitation measures to address key bottlenecks adopted by SASEC countries
Progress Toward Outcome

Discussion with relevant Customs administration underway to provide assistance on the implementation of:

1. Post-clearance Audit

2. Trusted Trader Program

3. Use of Electronic Cargo Tracking System

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Implementation frameworks, blueprints and roadmaps in modern Customs administration completed.

Tools to enhance transparency of SPS TBT standards developed

Cross-border transport facilitation studies along key SASEC routes and border crossing points completed

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

As of April 2019, the status of activities are:

1. standard operating procedures and action plan to implement post-clearance audit in Sri Lanka completed and submitted to Government

2. study on SASEC routes initiative along Dhaka to Kolkata route being conducted

Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
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 The TA will engage a total of 52 person-months of individual consultants, composing of 27 person-months of international experts and 25 person-months of national experts
Procurement not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Pangilinan, Aileen H.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Aug 2018
Fact Finding 30 Jul 2018 to 30 Jul 2018
MRM -
Approval 03 Sep 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Apr 2019

TA 9578-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Sep 2018 - 03 Sep 2018 31 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 03 Sep 2018 777,754.78

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Trade Facilitation Expert - BPA Individual - Consulting Active 28 May 2020 03 Jun 2020
Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the SASEC Program - Sanitary Phytosanitary Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 06 May 2020 17 May 2020
Customs Audit Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2020 25 Mar 2020
Customs Modernization Expert (Customs Laboratory and Customs Warehouse) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Mar 2020 26 Mar 2020
Customs Modernization Expert - Non-Intrusive Inspection Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Mar 2020 17 Mar 2020
Business Process Analysis Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Mar 2020 18 Mar 2020
Customs Modernization Expert (E-Payment) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Mar 2020 18 Mar 2020
Business Process Analysis Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Feb 2020 20 Feb 2020
Customs Modernization Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2020 14 Feb 2020
Capacity Building Specialist to Implement WTO TFA Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Feb 2020 13 Feb 2020
Implementing TF Initiatives under the SASEC Program - Electronic Cargo Tracking System Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2020 02 Feb 2020
Logistics Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jan 2020 20 Jan 2020
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jan 2020 20 Jan 2020
Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the SASEC Program - Trade Facilitation Analyst/Program Manager Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Oct 2019 10 Oct 2019
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Sep 2019 17 Sep 2019
Trade Facilitation Expert - Nepal Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
Programs Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019
Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the SASEC Program - Trade Facilitation Consultant SRI Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Apr 2019 06 May 2019
Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program - Trade Facilitation Consultant: Bhutan Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Mar 2019 07 Mar 2019
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Feb 2019 28 Feb 2019
Trade Facilitation Expert- Maldives Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jan 2019 15 Jan 2019
Post Clearance Audit Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2018 28 Nov 2018
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Nov 2018 19 Nov 2018
Logistics Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Nov 2018 19 Nov 2018
Trade Facilitation Expert – Bangladesh Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Oct 2018 31 Oct 2018

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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