Regional: Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation

Sovereign Project | 38459-012

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Project Name Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation
Project Number 38459-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6187-REG: Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 6187-REG: Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 75,000.00
TA 6187-REG: Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 80,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The objectives of the RETA are to: (i) assist the SAARC Secretariat including the SAARC Centers, in implementing the regional cooperation initiatives effectively in the selected sectors, as outlined in the Islamabad Declaration; (ii) enhance the capacity of the SAARC Secretariat and its member states for undertaking regional cooperation work in the priority areas; and (iii) support collaborative activities to strengthen cooperation between SAARC and ASEA, and other regional organizations. The RETA will build and extend on the work already undertaken with ADB support.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Effective cooperation among all South Asian countries, enabled by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to help promote peace, stability, amity and progress in the region, reaffirming the centrality of SAARC for promoting regional cooperation and emphasizing the need to enhance its efficiency.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

The expected outputs of this project will be the enhanced regional cooperation through the SAARC framework in implementing the regional cooperation initiatives in priority sectors outlined in the islamabad Declaration, particularly:

(i) establishment of better transport connectivitiy in South Asia, thereby facilitating services and people among SAARC member states; (ii) effective planning, processing and implementation of the key regional cooperation agenda by the SAARC Secretariat and its member states; and (iii) institutionalization of collaborative activities to strengthen cooperation between SAARC and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other regional organizations

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The expeced outputs of this project are:

(i) SAARC Regional Multimodal Transport Study (SRMTS) report with a road map for improving regional connectivity, paying due considerations to major insitutional and physical constraints hindering smooth movement of goods and people in South Asia and social and environmental safeguards for the expanded/improved transport linkage and connectivity;

(ii) Enhanced capacity of the SAARC Secretariat in carrying out regional cooperation activities and teh SAARC member countries' institutions in tne priority sectors, through training targeted staff of these intitutions; and

(iii) Important lessons to be learned from other regional organizations as well as opportunities to enable the SAARC Secretariat to be an efficient and effective institution in implementing cooperation activities in South Asia

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
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

RETA will be implemented over a 16-month period beginning September 2004.

SAARC Components:

- Regional Transport Sector Experts (Domestic) - 9 person-months

- National Sector Experts (Domestic) - total inputs will be 24 person months but their engagement will vary from one country to another depending on the country.

ADB Components

- Senior Sector Advisor (International) - 1.5 person-months

- RETA Implementation Advisor (Domestic) - will be stationed in NRM and will be engaged for 16 months

- Senior Program Analyst (Domestic) - 14 months

- Senior Program Analyst (Domestic)

Responsible ADB Officer Cuong Minh Nguyen
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Mar 2004
Fact Finding 31 Mar 2004 to 02 Apr 2004
MRM -
Approval 27 Sep 2004
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 15 Aug 2007
Last PDS Update 02 Sep 2009

TA 6187-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Sep 2004 - 27 Sep 2004 31 Jan 2006 31 Dec 2008 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
655,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 655,000.00 27 Sep 2004 504,586.36
Title Document Type Document Date
Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation TA Completion Reports Oct 2011
Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Sep 2007
Promoting South Asian Regional Economic Cooperation Technical Assistance Reports Oct 2004

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