Regional: SASEC Tourism Development Project

Sovereign Project | 39399-012

Summary

The project goal will be to develop sustainable and pro-poor tourism in the subregion?s Buddhist Heartland. The immediate purpose will be to upgrade tourism infrastructure and facilities in identified key areas of the Buddhist Heartland.

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Project Name SASEC Tourism Development Project
Project Number 39399-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6362-REG: SASEC Tourism Development Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 950,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The project goal will be to develop sustainable and pro-poor tourism in the subregion?s Buddhist Heartland. The immediate purpose will be to upgrade tourism infrastructure and facilities in identified key areas of the Buddhist Heartland.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Economic growth in South Asia needs to be sustained and accelerated, to boost economic and social development and achieve the Millennium Development goals. Regional cooperation can help achieve these development goals, by eliminating physical and nonphysical barriers, expanding markets for goods and services, and reducing transaction and transportation costs. Cross-border development of basic infrastructure will reduce physical barriers to the movement of goods and people, which in turn can expand regional trade and tourism. Tourism development can create expanded economic opportunities, generate employment and incomes, and promote infrastructure development. Increased tourism within the region can also contribute to mutual understanding and development of a stronger sense of community among the countries and peoples of the region. South Asia is rich in cultural and natural tourism resources, which can be made more attractive if thematic sites are linked as multi-country tourism circuits and products, through appropriate development of infrastructure and facilities. A Tourism Development Plan (TDP) was prepared and finalized in 2004 under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program, covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. The TDP identified priority programs and projects for further implementation, focusing on two common themes, Ecotourism and the Buddhist Circuits. The TDP was recently updated to include Sri Lanka.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and 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 A team of consultants with expertise in tourism planning and product development, ecotourism development and management, tourism infrastructure development and management, environment, social and financial analysis, tourism marketing, and community outreach and social development will be recruited.
Responsible ADB Officer Gulfer Cezayirli
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankGulfer Cezayirligcezayirli@adb.orgAsian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Oct 2006
Fact Finding 28 Feb 2005 to 13 Mar 2005
MRM -
Approval 13 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 03 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 28 Oct 2009

TA 6362-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2006 - 13 Dec 2006 31 Jan 2008 30 Jun 2009 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
950,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 13 Dec 2006 868,943.92

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