Regional: Knowledge Solutions for Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 56026-001

The TA is designed to bridge the knowledge gaps in the design and implementation of trade facilitation measures. It will support trade facilitation and RCI experts and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific. It will develop innovative solutions to emerging trade facilitation issues through improved knowledge resources, operationally relevant knowledge products, and increased capacity to effectively design and deliver trade facilitation initiatives.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Paz, Wilhelmina T.
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name Knowledge Solutions for Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 56026-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6934-REG: Knowledge Solutions for Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 800,000.00
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 / Trade and services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA is designed to bridge the knowledge gaps in the design and implementation of trade facilitation measures. It will support trade facilitation and RCI experts and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific. It will develop innovative solutions to emerging trade facilitation issues through improved knowledge resources, operationally relevant knowledge products, and increased capacity to effectively design and deliver trade facilitation initiatives.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Trade facilitation is a key factor in strengthening a country's economic competitiveness by lowering the cost and improving the efficiency of trade across borders, thereby boosting trade and economic growth. Trade facilitation promotes integration of enterprises into regional and global value chains by minimizing unnecessary trade-related costs, especially for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises for which these can be excessively large. The importance of trade facilitation and logistics was amplified during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic when maintaining trade flows, particularly easing the flow of vaccines and other medical supplies, food, and other goods essential to deal with the crisis, and expediting digitalization became critical.

Much progress has been made in reforming trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, but many challenges still hinder the seamless and faster movement of goods and services across borders. Challenges include cumbersome customs procedures, weak coordination and harmonization of systems across borders, suboptimal utilization of digitalization, inadequate transport and trade infrastructure and logistics, difficulties in administering standards and technical regulations (e.g., sanitary and phytosanitary measures), inefficient transport arrangements, poor access to trade finance, and inadequate measures to facilitate trade in services.

While resources have been developed by international organizations, the absence of a mechanism to systematically collect, store, and share trade facilitation program and project information results in inadequate documentation and application of experiences, lessons learned, and good practices in designing and implementing trade facilitation measures. The inability to tap a wider pool of experts or practitioners when needed often results in the provision of the same recommendations and traditional programs and projects, irrespective of DMC needs. Insufficient assessment and analysis of knowledge needs results in a scarcity of upstream knowledge work that can solve persistent challenges affecting trade facilitation. The scarcity leads to weak stakeholder capacity to effectively design and implement trade facilitation measures, exacerbated by limited opportunities for sharing experiences, inadequate financing for capacity building, and unexplored opportunities for leveraging partnerships for capacity building with regional and international institutions.

Impact Opportunities for DMCs to participate in global and regional trade expanded
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Knowledge solutions for trade facilitation in ADB DMCs fostered
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge resources on trade facilitation programs and projects improved

Operationally relevant knowledge products and events on trade facilitation completed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
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 International/ national consultants
Procurement None
Responsible ADB Officer Paz, Wilhelmina T.
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division SDTC-RCI
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Wilhelmina Paz, Economist
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Apr 2022
Fact Finding 31 Jan 2022 to 31 Jan 2022
MRM -
Approval 27 Jul 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Jul 2022

TA 6934-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jul 2022 - 27 Jul 2022 31 Jul 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 03 Aug 2022 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Active 16 Aug 2022 22 Aug 2022
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Active 16 Aug 2022 22 Aug 2022
Trade Facilitation Expert Individual - Consulting Active 16 Aug 2022 22 Aug 2022

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