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Sasec trade facilitation strategic framework

SASECTrade Facilitation Strategic Framework

Aileen Pangilinan

Programs Officer

Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination DivisionSouth Asia DepartmentAsian Development Bank

Disclaimer: In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Key messages
Key Messages

  • Why?

    • An integrated and prosperous South Asia

  • How?

    • Regional cooperation through SASEC

    • Implement the SASEC TF Framework

    • Strengthen Customs cooperation

21 st century south asia is the least integrated region in the world
21st Century South Asia is the Least Integrated Region in the World

Intra-regional Trade Share (%)

100 hours for trucks to cross between Petrapole & Benapole

200 signatures in Nepal to trade goods with India

Source: ADB ARIC Trade and Integration database (; raw data from IMF DOTS.

Trade facilitation indicators
Trade Facilitation Indicators

Source: World Bank, 2010.

2012 Intra and InterRegionalTrade in Asia (billion)







East Asia $2,830









ASEAN $611

Source: ADB Staff estimates and ARIC Trade Integration Database

N.B. The data inside boxes is intraregional trade of the region; data outside of the boxes refer to inter regional trade.

Centrality of sasec in the garland of an integrated asia

ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations

BIMP-EAGA Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area

BIMSTEC Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation

CAREC Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

GMS Greater Mekong Subregion

IMT-GT Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle

PIF Pacific Islands Forum

SAARC South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

Centrality of SASEC in The Garland of an Integrated Asia

Asia is increasingly integrated economically stretching from the shores of the Black Sea in the West to the Western shores of the Pacific in the East and stretching from the Maldives and South Pacific to PRC and Central Asia in the North


Disclaimer: In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Adb s strategy 2020 rci
ADB’s Strategy 2020 & RCI

Inclusive Growth

Environmentally Sustainable Growth

Regional Integration


Private Sector Development





Regional/subregional Economic Cooperation Programs

Trade and Investment

Cooperation and Integration

Cooperation in Regional Public Goods

Monetary and Financial

Cooperation and Integration

By 2020, at least 30% of operations are in regional cooperation and integration



Financial Sector Development



Cooperation and Integration


Regional Cooperation in Practice in South Asia


SASEC (2001)







Sri Lanka


SAARC (1985)


BIMSTEC (1997)

South asia subregional economic cooperation sasec
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)

Members: BAN, BHU, IND, NEP; MLD, SRI - new

Institution-light; projects-heavy

Almost US$5 billion invested since 2001

Focus on transport, trade facilitation, energy

Supports SAARC and BIMSTEC

Key sasec transport projects
Key SASEC Transport Projects

India Road Connectivity Sector Project, $500m

Bhutan Road Connectivity Project, $57m

Bangladesh Road Connectivity Project

Nepal Road Connectivity Project

Key sasec trade facilitation projects activities
Key SASEC Trade Facilitation Projects/ Activities

SASEC Trade Facilitation Program Loans/ Grants

Capacity Building and Discussion Platform

SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework

Sasec tf program loans grants
SASEC TF Program Loans/Grants

  • BAN ($21M); BHU ($11.67M); NEP ($15M)

  • Tranche release is triggered by specific policy actions

  • First tranche fully disbursed:

    • Bangladesh: $10.7M loan in Q2/2013

    • Bhutan: $6.3M loan and grant in Q1/2013

    • Nepal: $8M grant in Q2/2013

  • Milestones achieved:

    • Important steps taken toward accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention

    • Planning finalized for automation of trade facilitation business procedures

    • National Trade Facilitation Working Committees being established

Capacity building and discussion platform
Capacity Building and Discussion Platform

  • Training to support customs reforms

  • Knowledge sharing on key TF issues

  • SASEC Customs Subgroup established

    • agreed on work plan

    • serves as platform for knowledge sharing and training

    • advocacy for customs reform and modernization

Sasec trade facilitation framework
SASEC Trade Facilitation Framework

Increased trade, including intra-regional trade,

of SASEC Countries


More efficient, transparent, secure and service-oriented trade

in SASEC Countries



Transport Facilitation


Border Facilities


Simplify & expedite border formalities, increase ICT applications, develop NSWs

Identify SPS-sensitive products, Strengthen National Conformity Assessment Boards

Strengthen cross-border facilities

Develop & pilot transport facilitation arrangements

Strategic Thrusts

Enhance cooperation and coordination mechanisms

Implementing the tfsf
Implementing the TFSF

  • Guiding principles

    • Country owned

    • Pragmatic and results oriented

    • Flexible and responsive

    • Open cooperation with neighbors

    • Involves private sector and development partners

  • Two-track process

  • South-South cooperation

Sasec customs subgroup wp
SASEC Customs Subgroup WP

  • Strategic thrusts

    • Simplifying and expediting border formalities

    • Increasing the application of ICT

    • Developing national single windows

  • Composition

    • 7 subregional projects

    • 20 national projects in all 3 strategic thrusts

    • 6 subregional training areas

Subregional projects in the wp 1
Subregional Projects in the WP (1)

  • Sharing of experience on risk management and SAFE application

  • Exchange of documents at major BCPs (taking inspiration from the SAARC Agreement on Mutual Administrative Assistance on Customs Matters)

  • Assessment of the readiness of regulatory framework and infrastructure facilities in SASEC countries for containerized movement of cargo through land borders

Subregional projects in the wp 2
Subregional Projects in the WP (2)

  • Institutionalize regular border meetings between/among the Customs authorities at major border crossing points

  • Conduct of the SASEC Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism

  • Use of ICT in processing of the transit cargo for enhanced efficiency

  • Conduct of feasibility study on electronic exchange of trade-related information

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