Regional: Partnership with the Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
|Project Name||Partnership with the Private Sector for Sustainable Trade Facilitation Results in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program|
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
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Industry and trade / Trade and services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
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
|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.
|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.
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|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
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|During Project Implementation|
|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|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||29 Apr 2019|
|Fact Finding||01 May 2019 to 10 May 2019|
|Approval||24 Oct 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Oct 2019||-||24 Oct 2019||31 Mar 2021||31 Oct 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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