Regional: Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
This knowledge and support technical assistance will advance cooperation in the maritime sector of five countries Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program. The Technical Assistance (TA) will focus on addressing common issues adversely impacting on the performance of the subregion's ports. It will conduct analytical studies to identify infrastructure projects designed to enhance maritime connectivity in South and Southeast Asia and ensure effective knowledge-sharing and capacity development of relevant agencies on how best to address these issues. The TA is designed to include activities that encourage dialogue among stakeholders in the maritime sector in SASEC Countries. The TA is fully aligned with the strategic priorities laid out in the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan 2016-2020 and the SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025.
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|Project Name||Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
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
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||This knowledge and support technical assistance will advance cooperation in the maritime sector of five countries Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program. The Technical Assistance (TA) will focus on addressing common issues adversely impacting on the performance of the subregion's ports. It will conduct analytical studies to identify infrastructure projects designed to enhance maritime connectivity in South and Southeast Asia and ensure effective knowledge-sharing and capacity development of relevant agencies on how best to address these issues. The TA is designed to include activities that encourage dialogue among stakeholders in the maritime sector in SASEC Countries. The TA is fully aligned with the strategic priorities laid out in the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan 2016-2020 and the SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
SASEC member countries recognize that transport, especially maritime connectivity, is a prime catalyst for international trade competitiveness and economic growth, with its critical support role in international logistics. The inclusion of Maldives, Sri Lanka and Myanmar in the program has raised the importance of maritime connectivity for SASEC. However, there has not been a modal cooperation mechanism within SASEC for the maritime transport sector.
Considering current delays in container transit, the ability to expedite transit times between discharging from the vessel and delivering cargo to the end user will reduce trade and transport costs and ensure the reliability of international logistics chains.
Trade in South Asia is expected to continue to increase significantly both in terms of intra-regional movements and trade outside the region. Most of this import and export traffic will be carried via the maritime mode. Thus, advancing cooperation in the maritime sector in the SASEC countries is crucial in ensuring that the subregion's potential economic growth can be fully realized, particularly as income generated by trade can be used to address poverty alleviation.
A core problem faced by SASEC ports is the limited maritime connectivity among member countries. Contributory causes include (i) the high cost of trade and transport, (ii) delays in the transit of containers and/or excessive dwell times at SASEC ports, (iii) redundant and manual data exchanges between various parties in the port community, (iv) prolonged cargo clearance procedures, (v) limited inland transport and port infrastructure adversely impacting on hinterland logistics, (vi) legal and regulatory barriers, and (vii) limited knowledge of maritime cooperation and coordination and international best practices in port operations.
(i) Port infrastructure to enable the efficient handling of the subregion's maritime trade developed and capacity to cope with anticipated growth in container traffic expanded.
(ii) Port logistics and facilities for efficient handling of cargo in major SASEC ports improved.
|Description of Outcome||Pipeline of SASEC maritime projects and initiatives finalized.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Analytical studies promoting maritime cooperation in SASEC conducted
2. Capacity and knowledge of SASEC officials on improving port performance and greening of ports enhanced
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
(i) The final reports on the studies on port greening, port community system, port logistics and hinterland connectivity, and cruise tourism have been completed.
- The study on port greening investigates practical measures and identify future investment projects related to energy efficiency improvement, local renewable power generation, and environmental management.
- The study on port community system formulates plans on digitizing business procedures that will help reduce time and cost of port operations in selected SASEC ports.
- The study on port logistics and hinterland connectivity focuses on key strategies to improve selected ports and port access in the subregion to provide robust port infrastructure and efficient connectivity solutions.
- The study on cruise tourism assesses the potential growth of cruise tourism post COVID-19 and presents a plan of action to spur the growth of the sector in the subregion.
(ii) Stakeholder consultations and virtual knowledge sharing events on the findings of the studies have been undertaken. These dissemination workshops presented the findings and recommendations of the studies and sought stakeholders' guidance on the follow-up actions.
- Dissemination Workshops on Findings of Port Greening Study Bangladesh (September 2021), India (November 2020) and Maldives (September 2020)
- Dissemination Workshops on Findings of Port Community System Study Bangladesh (November 2020, and Maldives (October 2020)
- Dissemination Workshop on Findings of Port Logistics and Inland Connectivity Study Bangladesh, India and Maldives (July 2021)
- Dissemination Workshops on Findings of Cruise Tourism Study Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka (December 2020)
(iii) The study on institutional and regulatory framework will be initiated in 2022, but will be financed by TA 6674-REG: Strengthening the Institutional Mechanism of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program.
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - 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||A consulting firm, as well as individual international and national consultants, will be hired on an intermittent basis on output-based contracts where appropriate. Resource persons with specialized knowledge in key areas under the TA's scope will also be hired on the basis of need. ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Hayashi, Tadateru|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD|
Asian Development Bank
Thiam Hee Ng, Director
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||09 May 2019|
|Fact Finding||18 Mar 2019 to 18 Mar 2019|
|Approval||08 Jul 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Nov 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|08 Jul 2019||-||08 Jul 2019||30 Jun 2021||31 Dec 2021||01 Feb 2022|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,500,000.00||05 Jul 2022||1,220,165.18|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jul 2019|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Tourism Infrastructure and Services Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Jan 2020||15 Jan 2020|
|Consulting Firm||Firm - Consulting||Closed||14 Dec 2019||03 Jan 2020|
|Tourism Development Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||27 Nov 2019||01 Dec 2019|
|Trade Facilitation Specialist (Maritime Ports)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Oct 2019||07 Oct 2019|
|Port Operations and Processes Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Oct 2019||07 Oct 2019|
|Port Technology Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||05 Oct 2019||07 Oct 2019|
|Environment Expert (Maritime Ports)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Sep 2019||24 Sep 2019|
|Economist (Maritime Ports)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Sep 2019||24 Sep 2019|
|Energy Expert (Maritime Ports)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Sep 2019||24 Sep 2019|
|Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||01 Aug 2019||07 Aug 2019|
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