Regional: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (formerly Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2009)

Sovereign Project | 37485-012

Summary

The RETA will contribute to economic growth and better living standards in the countries participating in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program by strengthening regional economic cooperation and integration. The RETA will support and strengthen the Overall Institutional Framework (OIF) of the CAREC Program, thereby contributing to the continuation of focused dialogue and action intended to improve transport connectivity, facilitate rational management and use of energy and natural resources, and enable increased trade among CAREC participating countries and with external markets. The OIF is the central instrument driving the CAREC Program.

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Project Name Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (formerly Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2009)
Project Number 37485-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6409-REG: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (Formerly Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2009)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 4.50 million
TA 6409-REG: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (Supplementary) (Formerly Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2011 (Supplementary))
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 1.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 6409-REG: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (Supplementary) (Formerly Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2011 (Supplementary))
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 6409-REG: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (2nd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development
Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The RETA will contribute to economic growth and better living standards in the countries participating in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program by strengthening regional economic cooperation and integration. The RETA will support and strengthen the Overall Institutional Framework (OIF) of the CAREC Program, thereby contributing to the continuation of focused dialogue and action intended to improve transport connectivity, facilitate rational management and use of energy and natural resources, and enable increased trade among CAREC participating countries and with external markets. The OIF is the central instrument driving the CAREC Program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Challenges facing the CAREC Program include (i) strengthening the project orientation of the program to ensure OIF activities result in effective projects in priority areas. CAREC can contribute in this area by creating an environment for frank and detailed discussion; (ii) institutionalizing a regional perspective in project and policy dialogue to ensure decisions promote region-wide development. CAREC can contribute in this area by fulfilling the commitment in the CAP to mainstream regional perspectives into development planning of participating countries and MIs; (iii) strengthening the strategic clarity of the program. CAREC will address this challenge through the preparation of sector strategies for transport, energy, and trade; (iv) engaging high-level government officials to ensure that agreements result in concrete projects and policy improvements. CAREC must find ways to interact more often and more substantively with the most senior levels of participating governments. It can move in this direction by engaging senior advisors to assist with program management and implementation, supporting targeted analytical work and ensuring it is appropriately packaged to reach senior decision-makers, and engaging decision-makers in dialogue on key regional cooperation issues.
Impact Accelerated regional cooperation among the countries of the CAREC program
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Effective functioning of the CAREC Program's overall institutional framework
Progress Toward Outcome

The Overall Institutional Framework of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program is functioning effectively. An estimated $2 billion of investments in priority CAREC-related projects were planned to be approved by the Program s six multilateral institution partners in 2010. These investments would provide a major boost to strengthening regional infrastructure connectivity, which is vital for expanding the potential of economic growth in the CAREC region. The CAREC Program's six multilateral partners expect to invest $3.9 billion in the CAREC priority areas of transport, energy, and trade in 2009. Program activities in 2009 culminated in the 8th Ministerial Conference on CAREC.

The 9th Ministerial Conference endorsed (i) the proposed 10-year commemorative activities, recommendations of the CAREC Institute Performance Assessment Review, and actions proposed in the Development Effectiveness Review; (ii) recommendations and work plans under the sector coordinating committees of energy, transport and trade facilitation, and trade policy; and (iii) membership of Turkmenistan and Pakistan.

On 16 October 2009 tThe 8th Ministerial Conference endorsed two plans to advance cooperation in the region's energy, transport, and trade sectors. The Energy Action Plan Framework will deliver investments, knowledge, capacity building, and policy advice in three strategic areas: energy demand-supply balance and infrastructure constraints; regional dispatch and regulatory development; and analysis of energy-water linkages. The CAREC Program Results Framework will highlight the value and tangible impact of regional cooperation. It will track progress of CAREC operations, indicate areas for improvement, and highlight trends in results. Results Framework data will serve as the basis of a broader CAREC development effectiveness review.

These plans, together with the documents endorsed at the 7th Ministerial Conference -- (i) Implementation Action Plan for the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy; (ii) Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan; (iii) Strategy for Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector; and (iv) CAREC Institute Work Plan 2009-2011 -- will guide CAREC efforts toward the Program's goal of development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction.

Full outputs of the Ministerial Conferences and other CAREC activities are available at: http://www.carecprogram.org/.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. CAREC forums and sector committees fully supported

2. Analytical work and results-oriented planning fully suppported

3. Enhanced salience of regional cooperation at high levels of government

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy endorsed by the 6th MC in November 2007, Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan and Strategy for Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector endorsed by the 7th MC in November 2008. Implementation action plans were in place/endorsed by the 8th MC in October 2009.

Various sector coordinating committee meetings were held in 2007-2010 to discuss implementation action plans for the priority sectors of transport and trade facilitation, trade policy and energy.

Support to the offices of national focal points is being provided in the form regional cooperation coordinators and national focal point advisors engaged in each country.

As part of the efforts to strengthen the OIF in general and the effectiveness of the NFP office in particular, the Program annually funds up to 2 full-time and long-term national consultant positions per country with the objective of ensuring smooth coordination of the Program implementation at the country level. ADB HQ-based national consultants also works hand in hand in these field-based consultants.

Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy endorsed by the 6th MC in November 2007, Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan and Strategy for Regional Cooperation in the Energy Sector endorsed by the 7th MC in November 2008. Implementation action plans were in place/endorsed by the 8th MC in October 2009.

Various sector coordinating committee meetings were held in 2007-2010 to discuss implementation action plans for the priority sectors of transport and trade facilitation, trade policy and energy.

CAREC sector coordinating committee meetings and senior officials' meetings held in 2011 reviewed and discussed (i) the proposed draft 10-year strategic framework for CAREC (CAREC 2020) and other planned 10-year commemorative activities; (ii) concept for a pilot study on economic corridor development; (iii) CAREC Institute work plan; (iv) progress in the priority sectors; and (v) approaches to facilitating cross-border movement of goods and people in the CAREC region. The 2010 CAREC development effectiveness review was also considered.

Ministers from CAREC countries participated in the CAREC ministerial conferences held in 2007-2011.

Senior government officials participating in other regional cooperation conferences and forums refer to the CAREC program's various intiatives in their statements and speeches.

Geographical Location Kyrgyz Republic,Mongolia,Pakistan,People's Republic of China,Kazakhstan,Afghanistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Azerbaijan
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The RETA will support the OIF and the broadening and deepening of the program. Each of these is a component of the CAP approved by participating countries at the 5th CAREC Ministerial Conference in October 2006 after a series of in-country consultations over a period of two years.
During Project Implementation

CAREC's overall institutional framework guides and strengthens the partnership in planning, prioritization, and implementation of all aspects of the Program. It is committed to (i) broad-based dialogue and consensus building, leading to growing trust and confidence among all participating countries and stakeholders; (ii) identification and prioritization of regional cooperation initiatives, and assistance in preparing and implementing these initiatives; and (iii) mobilization of financial and technical resources for accelerated progress.

An annual Ministerial Conference provides overall guidance to the Program and determines policy and strategic directions. ADB serves as the CAREC Secretariat. Bi-annual Senior Officials' Meetings assess opportunities and identify options for CAREC from a regional perspective. The senior officials report annually to the Ministerial Conference. Each of CAREC's priority areas transport, trade facilitation, energy, and trade policy is led by a committee comprising country and multilateral institution representatives. The four sector coordinating committees report to the senior officials of CAREC on a regular basis, sharing progress and emerging issues. Each CAREC country has appointed a senior government official as CAREC national focal point to ensure effective coordination among all relevant agencies and other interested parties in matters related to regional economic cooperation.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services International consulting services will be engaged annually on an intermittent basis to assist with analytical works and planning. National consulting services will be required annually to support the CAREC national focal points, country reporting and coordination, knowledge dissemination, and technical support to the secretariat. The consultants will be engaged by ADB on an individual basis in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Equipment budgeted under the RETA consists of a limited amount of computers and office equipment that will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time) and left with the CAREC Unit upon completion of the RETA.
Responsible ADB Officer Sonoko Sunayama
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankMr. Ronald Antonio Q. Butiongrabutiong@adb.orgCWRD, ADB
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Apr 2007
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2007 to 25 Mar 2007
MRM -
Approval 27 Aug 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 31 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 24 Sep 2013

TA 6409-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Aug 2007 - 27 Aug 2007 31 Mar 2010 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
8,750,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,950,000.00 27 Aug 2007 9,216,202.10
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 TA Completion Reports Oct 2013
Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Feb 2011
Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Nov 2010
Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Technical Assistance Reports Aug 2007

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