Sep 22 2021

Gms Cbta Agreement

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The Greater Mekong Sub-region Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (GMS CBTA) Instruments and Drafting History is a compendium of agreements, instruments of accession and memoranda of understanding forged between the GMS countries, which summarizes in a single publication all the documents constituting the CBTA instrument. It reflects previous political dialogues, including the results of negotiations between the different government authorities of the GMS countries since the beginning of the CBTA. This publication aims to strengthen stakeholders` understanding of the technical aspects of CBTA and to draw attention to critical issues related to transport and trade facilitation. The agreement, which began in 1999 as a trilateral agreement between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, was later extended with the support of the Asian Development Bank, with the participation of Cambodia, China and Myanmar. Full implementation of GMS-CBTA is expected by 2019. CBTA is composed of three levels or components and is flexible and highly adaptable to changing requirements. The first step is the main agreement which contains the fundamental principles of the system. This is the CBTA. The agreement will remove non-physical barriers to transport and trade in the region.

The six GMS countries have ratified the main CBTA agreement: the Joint Committee of the Greater Mekong Subregion Trans-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) and its subcommittees ensure the orderly and effective implementation of the Agreement and its Annexes and Protocols. The agreement encourages the elimination of stopovers or transhipments and the reduction of time spent crossing borders (link to the main CBTA agreement). Increasing the number of border checkpoints implemented by the CBTA will help maximize the efficiency of GMS transportation networks. The CBTA complements the existing physical infrastructure of the GMS countries. The second step consists of appendices describing technical details and protocols with variables related to time and location. There are currently 16 annexes and three protocols. Click here for Annex I and Annex II. Protocol 1 is the list of corridors, routes and crossing points and the corresponding map. Committees have been established at different levels of government to oversee the CBTA.

. The CBTA is a single comprehensive legal instrument covering all non-physical measures for international land transport. Under the CBTA, vehicles, drivers, goods and passengers can cross national borders through the GMS road system. According to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong, head of the host country`s delegation to the meeting, regional countries have built roads to connect with each other. . . .


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