Regional: Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)

Sovereign Project | 40380-012

Summary

The BIMSTEC Working Group meeting held on 25 March 2011 requested ADB assistance in enhancing BIMSTEC institutional arrangements through convening the sector committee on transport and meetings of expert groups. The sector committee can help with overall transport sector coordination. The five expert groups will coordinate, monitor, and review progress with project implementation in their sector, and report on implementation progress to the sector committee. This can help strengthen the coordination of projects and activities under the BIMSTEC Transport Cooperation Agenda, including the action plan and implementation program. To expedite the process, the BIMSTEC countries nominated members for the five expert groups in May 2011.

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Project Name Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)
Project Number 40380-012
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8009-REG: Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 8009-REG: Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II) (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The BIMSTEC Working Group meeting held on 25 March 2011 requested ADB assistance in enhancing BIMSTEC institutional arrangements through convening the sector committee on transport and meetings of expert groups. The sector committee can help with overall transport sector coordination. The five expert groups will coordinate, monitor, and review progress with project implementation in their sector, and report on implementation progress to the sector committee. This can help strengthen the coordination of projects and activities under the BIMSTEC Transport Cooperation Agenda, including the action plan and implementation program. To expedite the process, the BIMSTEC countries nominated members for the five expert groups in May 2011.

The TA aims to strengthen the BIMSTEC institutional mechanism, including (i) the BIMSTEC Secretariat, and (ii) the sector committee on transport and the expert groups. The TA is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2020 and Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy (pillar on Regional and Subregional Cooperation Programs, and pillar on Trade and Investment Cooperation and Integration). The TA is included in the pipeline of the regional cooperation operations business plan for South Asia, 2012 2014.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy At the request of the BIMSTEC countries, ADB helped prepare the BTILS report. The report included specific recommendations for strengthening the institutional structure of BIMSTEC to expedite regional cooperation in transport and trade facilitation. The 12th Ministerial Meeting in December 2009 endorsed these recommendations, which include establishing (i) a ministerial conference of relevant transport ministries for policy coordination and decision-making; (ii) a sector committee on transport and logistics at the secretary or permanent secretary level; and (iii) five expert groups for subsector technical discussions and project implementation, preferably at the director general or joint secretary level. These expert groups include road development, railways, maritime transport, aviation, and transport facilitation and logistics.
Impact Enhanced regional cooperation and integration
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced capacity of BIMSTEC institutions
Progress Toward Outcome Completed the updating and enhancement of the BIMSTEC Transport Infrastructure and Logistic Study. The updated study is expected to be submitted for endorsement to higher BIMSTEC bodies.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1) Strengthened BIMSTEC Regional Bodies

2) Strengthened BIMSTEC Secretariat

BIMSTEC Website

Research Papers

Exchange visits for capacity building

BIMSTEC transport infrastructure financing conference conducted

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

Updated the BIMSTEC Website.

Provided assistance in the holding of the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit in Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar.

Working with the BIMSTEC Secretariat on future activities.

BTILS Updating and executive summary ready for publication.

Closely coordinating with the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka to determine assistance required.

Updating of status of projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal was carried out.

A training for the BIMSTEC Secretariat on website management is scheduled in mid June 2015.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The 13th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in January 2011 endorsed the establishment of the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The secretariat will play a critical role in facilitating regional cooperation in BIMSTEC countries, especially in the areas of cross-border connectivity and trade.
During Project Implementation The BIMSTEC Working Group, together with the BIMSTEC Secretariat will be the focal agencies for BIMSTEC countries.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will finance 12 person-months of international consulting services and a total of 36 person-monhs of national consulting services. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of equipment, if any, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Ronald Antonio Q. Butiong
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankCuong Minh Nguyen6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Nov 2011
Fact Finding 24 Oct 2011 to 28 Oct 2011
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 May 2015

TA 8009-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2011 - 14 Dec 2011 31 Jul 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 14 Dec 2011 956,523.22

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