Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 30 Sep 2014

Project Name Implementing the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Agriculture Support Program (Phase 2)
Country Regional
Project/Program Number 39542-022
Status Approved
Geographical Location
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Sector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Subsector Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth (ESG)
Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Technical Assistance8163Technical Assistance Special Fund500
Technical Assistance8163Sweden (Sida) (w/ LoA)7,500
Technical Assistance8163Nordic Development Fund5,000
Technical Assistance8163Water Financing Partnership Facility - Multi Donor1,000
TOTAL US$ 14,000

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Close consultations with WGA, concerned ministries and government agencies, and stakeholders were carried out to obtain their views on needs of the GMS, priorities of the GMS countries, and support for the agriculture sector during project design and formulation.
During Project Implementation
Regular communications and consultations with stakeholders are being maintained to ensure effective implementation of the project.


Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed RETA will prioritize activities to support Pillars 1 and 2 of CASP Phase II, and synergism between CASP Phase II and the Core Environment Program (CEP) Phase II. Activities on food safety standards, paperless trading, climate friendly agriculture, development of roadmap on synergism between CASP Phase II and CEP Phase II, knowledge sharing activities including GMS agriculture trade exhibition and establishing communities of practice will be undertaken. In addition, the proposed RETA will enable the GMS WGA to respond to the priority needs identified in GMS countries during the Fourth GMS Summit. It will further enhance the GMS WGA to respond to emerging challenges to agriculture development, specifically those linked to expanding cross-border trade in agri-food products, climate extreme and risk mitigation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food and bio-energy security. Under the proposed RETA, options for financing, partnership facilities and cooperation funding from various sources and modalities will also be explored to ensure the sustainability of the GMS WGA. In light of its pivotal role in ensuring the effective implementation of regional-level activities under CASP Phase II, the GMS WGA will require adequate resourcing in order to drive new regional initiatives and fulfill its role as a forum for knowledge exchange among GMS countries.

Development Impact

A more integrated, climate friendly agricultural sector in the GMS

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Enhanced market access for environmentally friendly agricultural products produced by smallholders
Progress Towards Outcome
TA Implementation Ongoing.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Strengthened regional policy framework and capacity for agri-food quality management 2. Established electronic trade of environmentally friendly agri-food production of smallholders 3. Increased adoption of gender-responsive and climate-friendly agriculture 4. Facilitated knowledge management and dissemination 5. Strengthened regional cooperation on agriculture in the GMS
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA is steadily progressing in accordance with its planned implementation schedule. The TAs work plan for 2014, which was formulated in consultation with the implementing agencies and key stakeholders, was approved during the 11th Annual Meeting of the GMS WGA in March 2014. As envisaged, initial TA activities focused on instituting the foundation for a smooth and timely implementation by (i) fielding consultants and key experts; (ii) establishing the regional WGA Secretariat at ADB Thailand Resident Mission (TRM) in Bangkok; and (iii) creating the National Secretariat Support Unit in each Ministry of Agriculture in all GMS countries. Working towards an integrated regional collaboration effort, various TA activities are implemented in close coordination with other GMS working groups, particularly the Working Group on Environment, Working Group on Tourism, and the GMS Trade and Transport Facility. A major change in the TA to increase in the TA amount by $ 5.5 million equivalent comprising $5.0 million equivalent from the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and $0.5 million from ADB Technical Assistance Special Fund was approved by ADB Board of Directors in October 2013) : As of August 2014, about $3.9 million had been committed as awarded contracts. Additional contracts, consultant recruitment, and preparation of Letters of Agreement with government agencies and Memorandum of Understanding with private companies are ongoing based on an annual rolling work plan agreed with GMS governments. It is expected that all TA funds will be committed by Q3 2015.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2013 Dec 20
Consulting Services
ADB will engage international and national consultants to provide about 700 person-months of consulting services to assist the GMS countries to expand subregional cooperation: (i) develop roadmaps and plans and implement each pillar of the CASP Phase II by conducting studies and pilot projects for scaling up regional investments, consistent with GMS Master Plan; (ii) mobilize resources from development partners and private sector to support CASP Phase II; and (iii) enhance institutional capacity for regional cooperation and ensure collaboration of R-PATA activities and outputs with activities of other GMS Working Groups and of development partners. In addition to international consultants, the TA will provide 546 person-months of individual national consultants to work together with international consultants in supporting the implementation of CASP Phase II. ADB will select and engage consultants in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (March 2013, as amended from time to time). Disbursements under the TA will conform to ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (May 2010, as amended from time to time). All procurement will be done in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (March 2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 14 Sep 2012
Fact-finding 09 Jan 2012 to 16 Feb 2012
Management Review Meeting
Approval 19 May 2014
Last Review Mission


Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Technical Assistance 8163 14 Sep 2012 14 Sep 2012 14 Sep 2017


Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
Cumulative Disbursements

TA Amount (US$ thousand)

Approval Number Approved Amount Revised Amount Total Commitment Uncommitted Balance Total Disbursement Undisbursed Balance
Technical Assistance 8163 14,000 14,000 4,288 9,712 686 13,314

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Sununtar Setboonsarng (
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SERD
Executing Agencies Asian Development Bank


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