Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project (TA - REG)


Project 43120-013
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Type TA
Sector Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
Country Regional
Start 2012
End 2017
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 750

Project Description

The project will strengthen institutions and operational and management capacities in Cambodia and the Lao PDR for operating cost-effective SPS systems that facilitate trade and protect health.2 The project will focus on GMS trade in agriculture, food, and forestry (AFF) products for which SPS measures for plant health, animal health, and food safety apply. The project will establish, strengthen, and implement (i) surveillance and inspection programs for plant health, animal health, and food safety; (ii) enhanced education levels and university training of SPS specialists; and (iii) regional cooperation and harmonization for SPS measures and practices. It will selectively strengthen food safety capacities of private food handling enterprises and restaurants in tourist areas. The project will be implemented by the national authorities in each country.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


Contact 1
Contact Name Doung, Poullang
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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  • Formal trade in AFF products to GMS increases annually by 15% (2009 baselines: $166 million for Cambodia, $284 million for Lao PDR).
  • Incidence of food-borne diseases and related morbidity and mortality reduces by 10% (2004 baselines: DALYs 1,442 for Cambodia, 2,843 for Lao PDR)
  • Tourism arrivals increase by 5%-10% annually (2009 baselines: 2 million for Cambodia, 2.2 million for Lao PDR)