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Regional: Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53175-001 Status: Active

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 Details

Project Officer
Masato Nakane South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Industry and trade
 
Project Name Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 53175-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
India
Maldives
Myanmar
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9758-REG: Advancing Cooperation in the Maritime Sector in South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Program
United Kingdom Fund for Asia Regional Trade and Connectivity under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
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.

Impact

(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.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Pipeline of SASEC maritime projects and initiatives finalized.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
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)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Myanmar - 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 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 Masato Nakane
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Ronald Antonio Butiong, Director, SARC, Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 May 2019
Fact Finding 18 Mar 2019 to 18 Mar 2019
MRM -
Approval 08 Jul 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Jul 2019

TA 9758-REG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 - 0.00

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