Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 06 Feb 2007
PDS Updated as of 19 Sep 2008

Project Name Basic Skills Development
Country Bhutan
Project/Program Number 31317-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Nationwide
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)

Safeguard Categories

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Environment C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

There are no issues to date.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

The Project was prepared in a participatory manner, with representatives of relevant government agencies, private enterprises, NGOs, major aid agencies such as GTZ and UNDP, male and female students and trainees, heads of training institutes and school teachers in three major national workshops, consultations with communities by the PPTA consultants, and extensive field investigations and site visits by staff during the PPTA review. The PPTA conducted social surveys and an independent social analysis by an international social expert.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation


The objective of the proposed Project is to improve the quality and relevance of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in Bhutan to provide employment oriented basic skills training to new school graduates, unemployed youth, domestic laborers, women and the disadvantaged to enable them to access employment and income generating opportunities and to expand the capacity of training providers to meet the increasing demand for skilled human resources by the private sector. To achieve this objective, the Project will (i) strengthen the institutional capacity for policy making, planning and coordinating TVET sector reform to ensure that the delivery of basic skills training is relevant to market needs and commensurate with the capacity of beneficiaries, (ii) increase access to basic skills training by expansion of the TVET system, including community based programs and rehabilitation of existing facilities and establishment of new facilities, (iii) improve the quality of basic skills training by increasing links with the private sector, and (iv) promote effective utilization of basic skills by developing career guidance and employment placement services.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Substantial investments in basic education over the past several decades has produced a large cohort of graduates who cannot continue to be absorbed by the public sector, formerly the dominant employer. Unless these graduates can be provided with employable skills they face an uncertain future with little prospect of employment and income generating opportunities. At the same time, the country will be unable to fully utilize its human resources to promote national development and social problems associated with the growing poor of unemployed urban youth will increase significantly. The previous TVET system was poorly positioned to provide the high quality training required by the growing private sector, Under the Project, the Governemnt plans to upgrade the TVET system by improving the policy frameowrk, upgrading the quality and relevance of training, expanding access, particularly for women and the disadvantaged in remote areas, and improving the system's responsiveness to priviate sector requirements.

Development Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2007 Feb 06
Consulting Services
A total of about 119 person-months of individual international consultants and 24 person-months of individual international consultants and 24 person-months of individual domestic consultants will be provided. Out of this provision, ADB will finance 34 person-months of international consultants and 24 person-months of domestic consultants and GTZ will provide 85 person-months for international consultants.The international consultants include a chief technical advisor, a chief implementation advisor, a management advisor and other experts in areas of vocational qualifications framework, skills standards, certification and testing, training program accreditation, apprenticeship and consignment system, labor market information system, curriculum and training package design, community access and skills training and advocacy and publicity. Domestic consultants will be computer and network engineers.
The procurement under the Project will include civil works, equipment for basic skills development, training and workshops, and equipment, furniture and vehicles for the implementation unit. All ADB-financed procurement of goods and services under the Project will be carried out in accordance with the latest ADB's Guidelines for Procurement of Goods and Services.
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 27 Mar 2000
Fact-finding 08 Jan 2001 to 19 Jan 2001
Management Review Meeting 09 Mar 2001
Approval 21 Jun 2001
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 1830 21 Jun 2001 20 Aug 2001 16 Nov 2001 31 Mar 2007 31 Mar 2008 27 Aug 2008


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
24 Oct 2014 Loan 1830 7,129 0 98.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
24 Oct 2014 Loan 1830 7,296 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 1830

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Yo Ikeda (
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Labour and Human Resources


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