Regional: Preparing the Regional Technical Assistance on Energy Sector Dialogue and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Energy Center Capac

Sovereign Project | 40541-012

Summary

The expected impact of the proposed TA is to create, together with other interventions, an enabling environment for optimization of supply and demand of the energy through energy development and trade within South Asia (or SAARC countries). It will promote better dialogue, higher cooperation and identify mutually beneficial investment options. It will also support strengthening the capacity of the SAARC Energy Center (SEC) and thereby energy sector professionals in the region. The TA will comprise three main components: (i) undertaking the SAARC Regional Energy Trade Study (SRETS); (ii) capacity building of SEC; and (iii) technical and logistical support by ADB.

The overall expected outcome of the TA is the identification of the appropriate energy development and trading opportunities to meet growing energy demand in SAARC countries.

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Project Name Preparing the Regional Technical Assistance on Energy Sector Dialogue and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Energy Center Capac
Project Number 40541-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6368-REG: Preparing the Regional Technical Assistance on Energy Sector Dialogue and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Energy Center Capacity Development Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The expected impact of the proposed TA is to create, together with other interventions, an enabling environment for optimization of supply and demand of the energy through energy development and trade within South Asia (or SAARC countries). It will promote better dialogue, higher cooperation and identify mutually beneficial investment options. It will also support strengthening the capacity of the SAARC Energy Center (SEC) and thereby energy sector professionals in the region. The TA will comprise three main components: (i) undertaking the SAARC Regional Energy Trade Study (SRETS); (ii) capacity building of SEC; and (iii) technical and logistical support by ADB.

The overall expected outcome of the TA is the identification of the appropriate energy development and trading opportunities to meet growing energy demand in SAARC countries.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy In view of the improved prospects for regional cooperation in South Asia under the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) after the 12th SAARC Summit (January 2004), where the SAARC leaders reaffirmed the "centrality of SAARC for promoting regional cooperation" and emphasized the need to increase its efficiency and effectiveness, ADB and the SAARC Secretariat started discussions on mutual cooperation, and subsequently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 12 April 2004. Based on the MOU, ADB processed and approved RETA 6187: Promoting South Asian Regional Cooperation in September 2004 for $500,000. This RETA has been successfully implemented with strong commitments by both the SAARC Secretariat and its member states. The SAARC leaders commended said RETA at the 13th SAARC Summit held in Dhaka in November 2005 as an example of cooperation initiative to move forward cooperation in the region.
Impact An enabling environment for development and more efficient use of energy in the SAARC region.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

A set of energy sector development options with regional benefits

A report highlighting the benefits from energy trade among and identifying trade options in SAARC member countries

Increased number of energy professional with understanding and appreciation of regional cooperation

Strengthened capacity of the SAARC Energy Center

Effective sharing of information among regional energy professionals on improvement of systems,

best-practice examples, and capacity building

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. A list of energy sector development opportunities with regional benefits, preferably win-win options

2. Strengthened capacity of the SAARC Energy Center

3. Knowledge sharing networks, and other systems

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location SAARC member states
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

SRETS will be undertaken by an international consulting firm with a team leader from a SAARC member country. The consultants will include international energy experts for 8 person-months, and national energy experts for 24 person-months.

The capacity development component will require 16 person-months of national energy experts and 8 person-months of regional energy experts.

The technical and logistical support component will require an international consultant (Senior Advisor) for 6 person-months; and two domestic consultants, a regional cooperation advisor and a program analyst for 12 person-months each.

The consultants for capacity development and logistical support components will be selected as individual consultants.

Responsible ADB Officer Priyantha D.C. Wijayatunga
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankP. Wijayatungapabeygunawardena@adb.org#6 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Feb 2006
Fact Finding 18 Apr 2006 to 21 Apr 2006
MRM -
Approval 14 Dec 2006
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 19 Sep 2007
Last PDS Update 09 Sep 2010

TA 6368-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2006 - 14 Dec 2006 30 Jun 2008 31 Dec 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 14 Dec 2006 915,218.67

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