The CAREC Institute in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will deliver a blended workshop titled Regional Improvement of Border Services (RIBS) on 14, 21 and 22 January 2021.
The workshop includes virtual and face-to-face stages. The first stage, the three-day virtual workshop, will be held on 14, 21 and 22 January 2021 through ZOOM. It consists of knowledge-sharing modules with short pre-recorded expert presentations on elements and lessons from RIBS projects under the CAREC Program. Educational materials will be available on the CAREC Institute’s e-learning platform.
The tentative program includes (i) project development and country experiences; (ii) single window system development – evidence from CAREC countries; (iii) role of development partners, including services or technical assistance and international instruments for modernizing customs services.
The workshop aims to contribute to unlocking full potential of CAREC transport corridors through efficient border crossing to enhance CAREC’s economic competitiveness. Estimates from the 2019 CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM) report reveal that more than 90% of the total stopping time of a typical 20-ton truck’s 500-kilometer journey occurs at border crossing points (BCPs). Of 11-hour average BCP waiting time, more than 7 hours is spent waiting to start border crossing formalities. A significant portion of delays is attributable to inadequate infrastructure, including poor customs facilities, insufficient and outdated cargo-handling equipment, limited parking space for cargo vehicles near border crossings, frequent power failures, and insufficient logistics support infrastructure. This is exacerbated by cumbersome customs controls, regulatory barriers, and limited utilization of ICT.
Target participants from CAREC member countries who complete the virtual module will be invited to the second stage, face-to-face or online workshop, which will be conducted at a later date to engage with other colleagues and international experts to strengthen information and knowledge exchange within CAREC. The face-to-face workshop will be delivered in one of the member countries.