Regional: Partnership with the Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53177-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Karimova, Zulfia K.
    East Asia Department
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  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name Partnership with the Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 53177-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Mongolia
Pakistan
China, People's Republic of
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9832-REG: Partnership with Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in CAREC
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA: Partnership with the Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas 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 / Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Trade among CAREC countries and with global markets via CAREC corridors expanded and expanded trade among CAREC countries and with global markets via CAREC corridors

Linkages between public and trade-related private sector strengthened

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Integrated and business-friendly transport and trade public-private sector linkages enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome

Development of the ADB-CI partnership roadmap has begun, with ADB and CI jointly working on all documentation. A familiarization and capacity-building workshop is scheduled in February 2020. Consultation meetings are set to outline and finalize the terms of the partnership roadmap.

November 2019: CFCFA has agreed to hold an ad hoc executive board meeting to discuss and agree on a sustainable way forward for the platform.

March 2020: Given the global public health situation related to COVID-19, all meetings and events for both the CFCFA and the CPMM partnership process have been postponed until the second half of 2020.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Private sector opportunities for wider-based involvement in trade facilitation developed

2. Institutional capacity of CFCFA strengthened

3. CPMM mechanism expanded and packaged for pilot replication

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

October 2019: Consultants have been engaged and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) signed with operational partners, to ensure the smooth continuation of the CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM) mechanism.

November 2019: The CPMM 2018 Annual Report has been published and uploaded to the ADB and CAREC websites. It was launched and disseminated at the 18th CAREC Ministerial Conference. The Russian translation is under final pre-print proofing.

November 2019: The KSTA funded participation of CFCFA Chairman, and CFCFA Vice-chairman, at the 18th CAREC Ministerial Conference (Nov 2019) in Tashkent, for additional sideline consultation meetings on the future sustainability of the CFCFA.

December 2019: Consultants have been mobilized to work on a flagship publication for 2020 to assess and report on progress in trade facilitation measures in the CAREC region.

January 2020: Development of the ADB-CI partnership roadmap has begun, with ADB and CI jointly working on all documentation. A familiarization and capacity-building workshop is scheduled in February 2020. Consultation meetings are set to outline and finalize the terms of the partnership roadmap.

January 2020: Preparations for the CPMM 2019 Annual Report are underway with target publication of English- and Russian-language versions by May 2020. ADB and CI will work jointly on development of the 2019 annual report.

March 2020: Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have indefinitely delayed planned TA outputs which require face-to-face meeting: (i) ADB-CI CPMM familiarization and capacity-building workshop, and (ii) CFCFA executive board and general assembly meeting. These meetings are required to determine the next steps of TA implementation. Meanwhile, other TA outputs relevant to CFCFA are being consulted with the Executive Board for comments.

April 2020: Peer review and publication compliance of CPMM Annual report conducted.

May-June 2020: Series of online familiarization workshop and roadmap consultation conducted with CI from May-June 2020. CPMM partnership roadmap developed.

July 2020: Survey and data to support the CPMM midyear update report collected. Results are generated for review of international consultants. CPMM Annual Report 2019 published. Production of Russian version initiated.

August 2020: CPMM partnership roadmap finalized and approved. CI continue to develop CPMM briefs and disseminated to relevant country officials. The CAREC Federation of Carrier and Forwarders Associations (CFCFA) on 18 August held a virtual Executive Board meeting to agree on the specific actions to strengthen its governance structure. ADB attended as an observer.

September 2020: Production and review of the CPMM midyear update report is underway. Consultation of CPMM partnership roadmap and MOU with relevant ADB departments conducted. Created to resolve governance, financial, and leadership issues various internal CFCFA consultation and working group meeting were supported by the TA.

October 2020: The TA continued to support regular working group meetings conducted by CFCFA members in preparation of their upcoming Annual General Assembly.

November 2020: The CFCFA held AGM. Upon reaching agreement on internal issues, CFCFA also held their elections, including for the newly-introduced positions of Secretary-General and Vice-chairperson for enterprise members.

December 2020: The CPMM consultants started drafting the flagship report on Progress of Trade Facilitation in CAREC. The TA also supported the engagement of (i) Resource Mobilization Specialist, (ii) Standards Development Specialist, and (iii) CFCFA Coordinator.

January 2021: The TA supported the engagement of a web developer to create an electronic interface for the CPMM database and relevant information. The CPMM consultants began drafting the CPMM Annual report 2020.

February 2021: The TA was extended for another 7 months to utilize substantial savings due to the 2020 travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to virtual meeting platforms.

March 2021: Following obtaining consensus among CFCFA members, the proposed sustainable business plan was approved. Deliberations between ADB and CFCFA are underway to negotiate terms of implementation.

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. ADB will select individual consultants to provide a total of 14.5 person-months of international consultancy, 22.5 person-months of national consultancy, and resource person inputs.
Responsible ADB Officer Karimova, Zulfia K.
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
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Apr 2019
Fact Finding 01 May 2019 to 10 May 2019
MRM -
Approval 24 Oct 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2021

TA 9832-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Oct 2019 - 24 Oct 2019 31 Mar 2021 31 Oct 2021 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 07 Sep 2021 564,666.66

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