Regional: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program

Sovereign Project | 39499-012 Status: Approved

Summary

The proposed regional policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) will build on earlier regional TA providing coordination support to the GMS program to help member countries strengthen their regional cooperation and integration. The TA has been developed in consultation with GMS national secretariats in all countries, which coordinate public and private sector as well as civil society participation in the GMS program in their respective countries.

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Project Name Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program
Project Number 39499-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7561-REG: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 450,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Regional Coop. & Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 7561-REG: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 7561-REG: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 7561-REG: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 7561-REG: Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed regional policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) will build on earlier regional TA providing coordination support to the GMS program to help member countries strengthen their regional cooperation and integration. The TA has been developed in consultation with GMS national secretariats in all countries, which coordinate public and private sector as well as civil society participation in the GMS program in their respective countries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The GMS countries have called upon ADB to provide further support to strengthen cooperation and coordination of its various programs and activities, as well as to help address other issues and requirements emanating from the emerging challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation. The GMS governments have subsequently indicated their concurrence with the TAs intended impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and terms of reference when its concept paper was circulated at the GMS Senior Officials Meeting held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 27 January 2010.
Impact Strengthened regional cooperation and integration in the GMS

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved coordination among GMS stakeholders, including between (i) GMS sector working groups, forums, and national secretariats; (ii) national and subregional projects within each country; and (iii) ADB and other development partners involved in the subregion.
Progress Toward Outcome The TA helped improve coordination among GMS stakeholders by supporting the organization and the conduct of major GMS events, numerous GMS sector working group meetings and sector ministers meetings (e.g. agriculture, energy, environment, tourism, transport, transport and trade facilitation, human resource development, and urban development) and the core operations of the GMS Secretariat. Moreover, Secretariat coordination specialists have been hired in some GMS countries to help coordinate with national agencies and other stakeholders, especially the GMS National Secretariats in these countries. There has been increased cross-participation/sharing of information and ideas among the various GMS sector working groups, forums and development partners roundtables.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

New GMS 10-year strategic framework (2012-2022), including possible linkages with other regional cooperation initiatives

GMS working groups, corridor development forums, and other high-level meetings promote the planned and prepared multisector approach.

Increased capacity of GMS national secretariats

New and emerging information and knowledge products for GMS prepared and disseminated

Structured information exchange and dialogue between ADB and other development partners, including the private sector

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

The TA supported the organization and the conduct of major GMS events since the TA was approved in July 2010. These include: the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th GMS Ministerial Conference held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2011, Nanning PRC in December 2012, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR in 2013 and Nay Pyi Taw September 2015, respectively; the Mekong Development Forum held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2010; minister-level Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and 7th GMS Economic Corridor Fora held in Vientiane in June 2011, Mandalay in June 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2013, Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2014, and Kunming, PRC, respectively; the 5th GMS Summit held in Thailand in December 2014 and the 4th GMS Summit held in Myanmar in December 2011; the 20th GMS Anniversary celebration held in Manila, Philippines in Sept 2012; and the Business Opportunities Forum held in Thailand on 8 August 2013. In December 2014, the GMS Investment Forum, GMS Business Forum, the Second Youth Forum and Development Partners Meeting were held in conjunction with the 5th GMS Summit.

The TA also supported the conduct of (i) regular GMS Senior Officials Meetings (that are also serving as Task Force for preparation of deliverables for the Ministerial Conference and Summit), (ii) Sector Working Group meetings, and (iii) consultations and roundtable discussions with development partners (held either as stand-alone events or as side-events to the GMS Ministerial Conferences) to improve coordination of cooperation programs at the regional and country levels and the implementation of the GMS list of high priority projects in the GMS Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (2014-2018).

A new GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 which emphasized strengthening cross-sector linkages was also developed under the TA. The GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 along with new sector strategies for agriculture, environment and tourism were endorsed during the 4th GMS Summit held in 2011.

Furthermore, the TA supported the preparation of key knowledge products including the GMS Development Partners Assistance Matrix, the GMS Statistics Database, the First and Second RIF-IP Progress Reports for periods ending June 2015 and December 2015, and the maintenance of the web-based GMS Projects Database.

The TA has facilitated policy dialogue on outcomes of sector assessments under the new Regional Investment Framework for the GMS program and supported ADB's responsiveness to the changing international context of Myanmar, a member of the GMS cooperation program, through policy dialogue and analysis.

In 2015, the TA has also supported a study to strengthen the institutional structure of the the GMS Program, and a study on GMS corridor configuration. The studies will be presented at the 21st GMS Ministerial Conference in November 2016.

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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation The Senior Officials of the GMS countries have continuously been consulted and engaged in the planning/preparation of the TA outputs, e.g. the various GMS meetings and events such as the Summit, Ministerial Meetings, and Economic Corridor Forums. Development partners and the private sector have also been consulted on a regular basis, especially for the Development Partner's Meetings, and the Business Opportunities/Investment Forum. The GMS Ministers, in their Joint Ministerial Statement for the 20th GMS Ministerial Conference, welcomed the news that ADB extended the technical assistance for secretariat, advisory and overall coordination support to the GMS Program through 2018 and expressed their appreciation for ADB's enduring commitment to advancing GMS Cooperation and development.

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Consulting Services

The original technical assistance (TA) required 27 person-months of international consulting services and 117 person-months of national consulting services. From April 2012 to April 2014, five minor changes in scope and/or increases in TA amount were approved that provided total additional consultancy inputs of 52.5 person-months of international consulting services and 300 person-months of national consulting services.

For the 2015 increase in TA amount, 32 person-months of international consulting services and 175 person-months of national consulting services will be required. The contracts of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) core coordination consultants will be extended to continue to support GMS meetings and working groups, implementation and monitoring of the Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan, and the capacity of GMS national secretariats until April 2018 . New consultants to be hired include experts involved in the preparation of the GMS project database and website, a GMS institutional specialist, and issues experts. All consultants will be hired on an individual basis.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Cuong Nguyen
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Pradeep Srivastava
psrivastav@adb.org
Asian Development Bank, 6 ADV Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila

Timetable

Concept Clearance 23 Feb 2010
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2006 to 25 Mar 2006
MRM -
Approval 15 Jul 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 07 Jan 2011
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

TA 7561-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Jul 2010 - 15 Jul 2010 31 Dec 2011 30 Apr 2018 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,450,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,950,000.00 15 Jul 2010 4,004,779.96
Title Document Type Document Date
Strengthening the Coordination of the Greater Mekong Subregion Program: Major Change in Technical Assistance TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Jun 2015

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