Regional: Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North-South Economic Corridor)

Sovereign Project | 39084-012

Summary

The RETA will involve a study on the North South Economic Corridor (NSEC) development from a multi-sectoral perspective, reviewing spatial development options, and addressing practical infrastructure, human resource, policy, regulatory and institutional barriers to trade, investment, and the movement of goods and people. The study will explore opportunities (one-stop border trade facilities, border town development twinning arrangements, sharing social and physical infrastructure, cross-border production networks, etc) to promote across border trade and investment. This study will also promote private sector participation in development of the corridor and partnership between the private and public sector. increase investment returns using existing transport modes (roads, water, air, and rail). The study should draw on practical international experiences, including initial lessons from other GMS initiatives.

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Project Name Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North-South Economic Corridor)
Project Number 39084-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6310-REG: Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North-South Economic Corridor)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 6310-REG: Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North-South Economic Corridor) (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The RETA will involve a study on the North South Economic Corridor (NSEC) development from a multi-sectoral perspective, reviewing spatial development options, and addressing practical infrastructure, human resource, policy, regulatory and institutional barriers to trade, investment, and the movement of goods and people. The study will explore opportunities (one-stop border trade facilities, border town development twinning arrangements, sharing social and physical infrastructure, cross-border production networks, etc) to promote across border trade and investment. This study will also promote private sector participation in development of the corridor and partnership between the private and public sector. increase investment returns using existing transport modes (roads, water, air, and rail). The study should draw on practical international experiences, including initial lessons from other GMS initiatives.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The development of NSEC directly supports the GMS RCSP's key strategies of strengthening connectivity, enhancing competitiveness, and sharing greater sense of community in the subregion.
Impact

Reduced poverty and improved living standards, resulting from increased trade and investment, for

people in the GMS North South Economic Corridor (NSEC).

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased intra- and cross-subregion trade and inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the corridor.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Issues identified based on sound analysis of the major constraints faced by the NSEC in economic integration.

Development of an institutional network on policy research, monitoring, and investment promotion

to enhance interface between policy makers and private investors, and between entrepreneurs and financiers, in the areas of trade facilitation and investments

A development strategy to promote private investment, especially FDI, into the corridor, including

an indicative list of priority sectors and major potential projects for both public and private

investments.

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

National Workshops on the Trade Flows and Logistics Studies were held in Beijing and Chiang Rai on 16-20 April 2007 and another National Workshop was held on 3-4 May 2007. The outcomes of these Workshops were subsequently discussed during the Regional Worskhop on 14-15 May 2007 in Bangkok The Logistics Development Study on the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC) was completed and stock taking exercises of various initiatives related to the development of the NSEC to be used as inputs for the formulation of the overall development strategy of the NSEC have been initiated.

A major change in scope was approved on 7 July 2008 to cover the inclusion of the following activities: (i) conducting supporting studies on economic corridors; (ii) formulating updated strategies and action plans for the EWEC and SEC; (iii) assisting the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum (ECF) and recommending ways to make the ECF complementary to and supportive of existing GMS institutional mechanisms; and (iv) supporting the holding of ECF meetings and other related events. To enable the implementation of the additional activities the completion date was extended by 27 months from September 2008 to December 2010.

The TA completion date was extended for a total of 39 months until 31 December 2010 to accommodate the implementation of new activities (i.e., expansion of country coverage, additional activities to include not only the North-South Economic Corridor, but also the East-West Economic Corridor, and the Southern Economic Corridor, and the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum) as a result of a major change in scope approved on 7 July 2008.

The GMS Second Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-2) was held on September 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which directed efforts toward speeding up and enhancing the effectiveness of implementation of the CBTA and other transport and trade facilitation measures, particularly through the strengthening of the supporting institutional arrangements in individual countries, and of the subregional institutions for the purpose, as well as toward the close and active participation of all stakeholders, particularly the private sector and local authorities, in economic corridor development.

As a follow up to the second ECF, corridor-specific symposia were organized for the Southern and North South Economic Corridors, in Phnom Penh and Kunming respectively in 2011, whose recommendations were then endorsed by the third Economic Corridor Forum in Vientiane in June 2011.

Financial closure is in progress.

Geographical Location
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 62 months of consultant services will be required comprising 12 months of international consultants' services involving intermittent inputs by 2 individual consultants (Team Leader / Regional Development Planner (7 months) and International Development Planner/Trade and Business Economist (5 months)) and a total of 50 months of domestic consultant services. The country studies that underpin this study will be undertaken by domestic consultants with technical advice from the international consultants.
Responsible ADB Officer Pradeep Srivastava
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Mar 2005
Fact Finding 18 Sep 2005 to 22 Sep 2005
MRM -
Approval 20 Mar 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 22 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2012

TA 6310-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Mar 2006 - 20 Mar 2006 30 Sep 2007 30 Jun 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 20 Mar 2006 1,148,504.93

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