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 Name||Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|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|
|Description of Outcome||Trade facilitation measures to address key bottlenecks adopted by SASEC countries|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Pangilinan, Aileen H.|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||08 Aug 2018|
|Fact Finding||30 Jul 2018 to 30 Jul 2018|
|Approval||03 Sep 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||03 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|03 Sep 2018||-||03 Sep 2018||31 Aug 2021||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||500,000.00||03 Sep 2018||12,440.90|
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|Implementing Trade Facilitation Initiatives under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2018|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|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|
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