Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project (SF)


Project 43120-025
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Type Loan
Sector Industry and Trade
Country Viet Nam
Start 2012
End 2019
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 11,720

Project Description

Compliance with global SPS requirements requires national specialists to undertake tasks related to surveillance, risk analysis, testing, diagnostics, pest identification, standards, and conformity assessment. Trading partners and private companies often require application of good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices, and quality assurance management (such as hazard analysis critical control points). Cambodia and the Lao PDR lack specialists who can perform these tasks. These specialists need to come (in part at least) from graduates of national higher education systems that train SPS specialists. Strengthening capacities of SPS agencies is urgently needed to meet the increasing requirements for exports and trade facilitation, and to protect health.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


Contact 1
Contact Name Ngo, Vinh Q.
Organization Asian Development Bank
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

News and Multimedia

  • Formal trade in agriculture, food, and forestry products to the GMS increased-annual value up 10%-15% (2009 baseline: $1.997 billion) by 2020.
  • Incidence of food-borne diseases and related morbidity and mortality, and loss of productive time for consumers, reduced by 10% (2004 disability adjusted life year baseline: 315) by 2020.
  • Tourist arrivals increased by 5%-10% annually (2010 baseline: 5 million) by 2020.