|Project Name||Better Customs for Better Client Services in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries|
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
|Sector / Subsector||
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
Trade and smooth flow of goods and people across the CAREC region increased.
Trade from increased market access expanded.
|Description of Outcome||CAREC customs agencies and the CCC providing better services to its clients.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA continues to initiate activities to enhance the capacity of customs agencies and the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC) to better respond to (i) the rapidly changing trade environment in CAREC countries, and (ii) increasing private sector demand for better services.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Scoping studies with actionable recommendations in customs infrastructure, facilities, use of technology and logistics support prepared.
Initiatives in modern customs technologies and best practice supported.
3. Customs capacity improved.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Oct 2019: International consultants were engaged to finalize the CAREC Advanced Transit System (CATS) Agreement and its supporting Information Common Exchange (ICE) IT system, a pilot initiative between customs agencies of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan.
Oct-Nov 2019: The KSTA supported the CAREC-SASEC Inter-Subregional Knowledge-Sharing Forum (31 Oct-02 Nov 2019; Tbilisi, Georgia), where customs authorities from CAREC and SASEC programs shared knowledge, experience, and best practice on challenging aspects of trade facilitation reform and modernization efforts, and identified critical success factors for effective trade facilitation measures for efficient trade flow, resource allocation, and improved regional cooperation. A study visit to the Red Bridge border-crossing point between Georgia and Azerbaijan was also organized to familiarize participants on efforts made in coordinated border management.
Oct-Nov 2019: The KSTA supported an Intersessional Meeting of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC) (1 Nov 2019; Tbilisi, Georgia), attended by CCC senior officials to discuss follow-up actions to last CCC Meeting and priority projects and activities for 2019-2020; discuss mechanisms to update progress in CCC priority areas and to track progress in implementing the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA); as well as brainstorm on how to showcase CCC achievements during the 20th anniversary of the CAREC Program in 2020.
Feb 2020: A short-term international consultant was engaged in February 2020 to develop a trade facilitation tacking system for the CAREC CCC, specifically in CAREC member countries' progress in fulfilling their international commitments under the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Feb 2020: A videoconference was held on 10 February 2020 between the three countries participating in the CATS/ICE initiative, to update current status and progress made in finalizing the Agreement. Participating countries shared outcomes of their respective domestic consultations with relevant agencies/ministries in securing the signing of the Agreement, and highlighted that there are pending issues for discussion. As a way forward, ADB requested participating countries to further work on the Agreement and submit final comments, with a view to finalizing the Agreement before the 19th CAREC Customs Cooperation Meeting.
September 2020: The KSTA supported the CAREC Webinar on E-Commerce Paperless Trade (3 September 2020) jointly participated by Regional Trade Group (RTG) and CCC members. The webinar discussed domestic and cross-border e-commerce development in the CAREC region and the outcomes of the study, E-Commerce in the CAREC Region: Laws and Policies. Customs challenges in handling e-commerce, IT infrastructure and digital platforms, and experiences from the global initiatives of development partners such as the UNCITRAL and UNESCAP were highlighted.
The KSTA also supported the 19th CAREC CCC Meeting (8 September 2020), where customs officials deliberated on i) trade facilitation initiatives and the need for increased resilience to threats arising from the cross-border movement of people and goods; ii) customs role in adopting paperless trade and promoting cross-border e-commerce based on the discussions from the Webinar on E-commerce and Paperless Trade; and iii) CCC work program and inputs to the CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030''s Rolling Strategic Action Plan (RSAP) 2020-2022. Afghanistan Customs chaired the meeting. Rrepresentatives from World Trade Organization, CAREC Institute, Global Express Association, and International Road Transport Union shared knowledge and inputs to the meeting.
|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||Consultations were made at the 18th meeting of the CAREC Customs Cooperation Committee to identify how the TA can support the regional workplan as well as priorities and needs of CAREC countries.|
|During Project Implementation||Annual consultations including through survey and regional meetings are regularly undertaken to ensure continuing relevance of interventions under the TA.|
|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. The TA will require 24 person-months of international and 24 person-months of national consultant inputs. ADB will recruit consultants individually rather than through a firm because (i) the wide range of experience, expertise, and specific knowledge of the CAREC Program and countries required to complete all TA activities is not available in a single firm; and (ii) consultants and resource persons should be rapidly mobilized. EARD will manage all individual consultants. Where appropriate, output-based contracts will be considered for administrative efficiency and for a simplified disbursement process.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lazaro, Dorothea|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD|
|Concept Clearance||29 Apr 2019|
|Approval||14 Oct 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Sep 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Oct 2019||-||14 Oct 2019||30 Sep 2021||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|250,000.00||1,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,450,000.00||14 Oct 2019||81,293.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Better Customs for Better Client Services in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2019|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Trade Facilitation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 May 2020||14 May 2020|
|Regional Cooperation and Integration Events Coordinator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Feb 2020||14 Feb 2020|
|Senior Trade Facilitation Program Coordinator (National)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Jan 2020||24 Jan 2020|
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