The agreement will remove non-physical barriers to transport and trade in the region. The agreement, supported by the Asian Development Bank in 1999, was then extended as a trilateral agreement between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, with the participation of Cambodia, China and Myanmar. Full implementation of the GMS-CBTA is expected by 2019. The Joint Committee for the Greater Mekong Region Cross-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) and its subcommittees ensure an orderly and effective implementation of the agreement and its annexes and protocols. Designed in three steps or components, the CBTA is flexible and adaptable to changing requirements. The first step is the most important agreement, which contains the basic principles of the system. Click here for CBTA. The Greater Mekong Cross-Border Transport Agreement (GMS CBTA) Instruments and Drafting History is a collection of agreements, accession instruments and agreements forged between the GMS countries and brings together in a publication all the documents that make up the CBTA instrument. It reflects previous political dialogues, including the outcome of negotiations between various government agencies in THE GMS countries since the inception of the CBTA. This publication aims to strengthen stakeholder understanding of the technical aspects of CBTA and to draw attention to critical issues in the area of transport and trade facilitation. The six GMS countries have fully ratified the CBTA`s main agreement: the Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (CBTA) is a flagship initiative in the economic cooperation programme in the greater Mekong region for transport facilitation and trade.
At the sub-regional level, there will be a joint committee of the GMS agreement on facilitating cross-border traffic. The joint committee is made up of six NTFC chiefs or chairs and the ADB serves as a secretariat. He said Vietnam expected all final internal procedures for signing and implementing the MEMORANDUM of Understanding to be completed by June. Committees at different levels of government have been set up to monitor the CBTA. The GMS road transport licence, which is a sub-regional traffic rights system, and the GMS Customs Transit and Temporary Admission System (CTS), a sub-regional system of customs guarantees, were tested in the East-West Economic Corridor (EEEC).