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Regional: Better Customs for Better Client Services in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53159-001 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
McKenzie, Rosalind Y. East Asia Department Request for information
  • Regional
  • Industry and trade
Project Name Better Customs for Better Client Services in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries
Project Number 53159-001
Country Regional
Kyrgyz Republic
China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9824-REG: Better Customs for Better Client Services in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 250,000.00
United Kingdom Fund for Asia Regional Trade and Connectivity under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility US$ 700,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
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.

Project Outcome
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.
Implementation Progress
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.

Mar 2020: Preparations for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the CCC, anticipated in May 2020, were postponed due to international travel restrictions and the COVID-19 public health situation.

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
During Project Implementation
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. 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 McKenzie, Rosalind Y.
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
Concept Clearance 29 Apr 2019
Fact Finding -
Approval 14 Oct 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2020

TA 9824-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
250,000.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,450,000.00 14 Oct 2019 57,849.18

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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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