Trade Facilitation: Improved Sanitary and Phytosanitary Handling in Greater Mekong Subregion Trade Project (Loan - Lao PDR)


Project 43120-013
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Type Loan
Sector Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
Country Lao PDR
Start 2012
End 2018
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 3,000

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 -

News and Multimedia

  • Formal trade in agriculture, food, and forestry products to GMS increases annually by 15% (2009 baselines:$284 million).
  • Incidence of food-borne diseases and related morbidity and mortality reduces by 10% (2004 baselines: disability adjusted life years 2,843).
  • Tourism arrivals increase by 5%-10% annually (2009 baselines: 2.2 million).