Regional: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

Sovereign Project | 37549-012 Status: Active

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Project Name Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Project Number 37549-012
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7491-REG: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 7491-REG: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA 7491-REG: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 7491-REG: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 695,000.00
TA 7491-REG: Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Regional cooperation initiative in South Asia is slowly gaining momentum. Working Groups on important sectors such as Trade Facilitation, Transport, and Energy are meeting on a more regular basis to discuss existing and planned projects in the subregion.

The RETA has been instrumental in countries reaching agreement on important SASEC projects such as:

1. The Trade Facilitation Program loan covering Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh

2. SASEC Road Network for Bhutan to be processed in 2014

3. The Subregional Railway Connectivity that will improve the railway transport capacity along the Dhaka-Chittagong rail corridor.

4. The SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework

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

Several working group meetings were held recently, including:

1. Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group; and Energy Working Group met on 20-21 October 2011 and 21-22 October 2011, respectively, in Bangkok to (i) finalize the scope of regional transport projects for ADB financing in 2012 with focus on high priority regional road networks; (ii) agree on a priority list of projects in trade facilitation for investment and technical assistance; and (iii) finalize a short list of specific investments from a pipeline of energy projects identified earlier, which can be implemented in collaboration with ADB.

2. In March 2012 the Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group again met in Kolkata, India. The Meeting agreed on the scope of the transport connectivity project and development of associated land customs stations with improved facilities and procedures that will lower costs of trade and ensure efficient flow of goods and people across the borders. The Meeting also considered the framework for trade facilitation program support for Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal; and technical assistance to support capacity building for trade facilitation.

3. To maintain the momentum, a Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group; and Energy Working Group Meetings will be held in Thimphu Bhutan in November 2012.

A regional conference on RCI knowledge sharing was held in Kunming, PRC in March 2012 attended by senior officials from the various regional cooperation initiatives supported by ADB, including CAREC, GMS, and SASEC.

ADB also collaborated with the Center for Policy Dialogue of Bangladesh in organizing a workshop on Recent Developments in Myanmar held on 15 March 2012 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workshop reviewed new developments in Myanmar and identify opportunities to facilitate regional cooperation in the region.

The study on Food Security has been completed while the Indian Ocean Cargo and Ferry Services Study is in the process of being undertaken by the consultants.

Working group meetings were also held in 2012 to dicuss plans under the RETA

The Meetings of the Working Groups on Trade Facilitation and Transport , and Energy were successfully held on 5-6 November 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. They reached agreement of priority SASEC projects and activities for the next three years.

The SASEC Nodal Officials' Meeting has held last 4 May 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In November 2015, the SASEC Trade Facilitation and Transport Working Group Meeting was held in Tokyo, Japan and the countries discussed the priority SASEC projects in trade and transport sectors.

In 2015, national and subregional training workshops on various areas of customs modernization recommended under the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework were held at the request of the member countries.

Geographical Location South Asian countries and its neighbors

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services A total of 133 person-months of consultancy services will be engaged for this TA. Of the 133 person-months, a total of 108 person-months of consultancy services will be needed for 3 national consultants who will be based in ADB Headquarters. The national consultants will be engaged as (i) regional cooperation advisor; (ii) senior regional cooperation specialist; and (iii) senior programs analyst/regional cooperation expert. They will provide technical and logistical inputs and assistance to TA-related activities. National consultants who will be In-country regional cooperation specialist(s) will be engaged in resident mission(s) for 12 person-months each while 13 person-months of international consultancy will be required fro thematic experts and capacity development specialists. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Ronald Antonio Butiong
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Cuong Minh Nguyen
cuongnguyen@adb.org
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 22 Sep 2009
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2010 to 25 Mar 2010
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 05 Jun 2009
Last PDS Update 04 Mar 2016

TA 7491-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jan 2010 - 27 Jan 2010 31 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
6,920,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,920,000.00 27 Jan 2010 5,055,583.14
Title Document Type Document Date
Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Mar 2013
Support for South Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Technical Assistance Reports Jan 2010

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