Viet Nam: Support the Implementation of Poverty Reduction Program (Safeguard Policy and Donor Coordination)

Sovereign Project | 41083-012

Summary

The goal of the proposed project is to ensure high-quality analytical work and compliance with ADB safeguard policies for ADB's cofinancing of PRSC 7-10. The Project is extended by one year to 31 March 2012 to utilize the uncommitted savings to support the Government in completing the pending reform actions under the Socioeconomic and Development Plan (SEDP) 2006 2010 and consider post-SIPRP issues to align ADB's current and future assistance for policy reform and poverty reduction program with the World Bank's PRSC and beyond PRSC operations.

The proposal to extend the SSTA to 31 December 2013 is being reviewed by the ADB Management. The extension is necessary because of a delay in processing of the World Bank led Economic Management Competitiveness Credit (EMCC) program loan that ADB is supporting. The EMCC is strategically important as interventions support economic competitiveness and are closely align with several ADB reform programs, particularly financial and corporate reforms.

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Project Name Support the Implementation of Poverty Reduction Program (Safeguard Policy and Donor Coordination)
Project Number 41083-012
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4990-VIE: Support the Implementation of Poverty Reduction Program (Safeguard Policy and Donor Coordination)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

The goal of the proposed project is to ensure high-quality analytical work and compliance with ADB safeguard policies for ADB's cofinancing of PRSC 7-10. The Project is extended by one year to 31 March 2012 to utilize the uncommitted savings to support the Government in completing the pending reform actions under the Socioeconomic and Development Plan (SEDP) 2006 2010 and consider post-SIPRP issues to align ADB's current and future assistance for policy reform and poverty reduction program with the World Bank's PRSC and beyond PRSC operations.

The proposal to extend the SSTA to 31 December 2013 is being reviewed by the ADB Management. The extension is necessary because of a delay in processing of the World Bank led Economic Management Competitiveness Credit (EMCC) program loan that ADB is supporting. The EMCC is strategically important as interventions support economic competitiveness and are closely align with several ADB reform programs, particularly financial and corporate reforms.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The SSTA, financed on a grant basis from ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund, is to assure compliance to ADB safeguard policies in a participatory manner to facilitate ADB support to the multi-donor program of the Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) 7-9 through the Program Cluster entitled Support for the Implementation of the Poverty Reduction Program (SIPRP) V including Subprograms 1, 2 and 3.

The SSTA is consistent with a CPS strategic pillar of reducing poverty and enhancing economic efficiency and in line with the Government's Socioeconomic and Development Plan (SEDP) 2006 2010 and SEDP 2011-2015.

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
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with the central and provincial governments, project owners/executing agencies, development partners.
During Project Implementation Individual consultants, workshops, and training programs as appropriate
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

1. International Environment Specialists (Total of 4 person-months -- 1 person-month for each of the SIPRP loans)

The key tasks include:

(i) review draft policy matrices of PRSC programs, SEDP, program documents and other relevant literature regarding government policy to ensure environment protection in the process of economic development and reforms;

(ii) provide input for preparing the Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) Checklist to support the environmental classification of the proposed loan as part of completing the environmental categorization form that is to be prepared and submitted to the Chief Compliance Officer of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department;

(iii) prepare an in-dept environmental assessment and analysis in line with ADB guidelines and ADB format for program loan documents and in consultation with ADB VRM staff responsible for poverty reduction strategy;

(iv) assess ADB's environmental protection efforts in terms of coordination with initiatives of other stakeholders including other donors and civil society groups; and

(v) provide input and advice in the area of environment for preparing consultative workshops that will address, among other, environment protection of the proposed reforms under the proposed PRSC programs.

2. National Social Safeguard Specialists (Total of 4 person-months -- 2 person-month for each of the SIPRP loans)

The key tasks include:

(i) review draft policy matrices of PRSC programs, SEDP, program documents, and other relevant literature and draw lessons from poverty-related activities of the national and local governments;

(ii) prepare in consultation with ADB VRM staff responsible for poverty reduction strategy an in-depth poverty analysis with a focus on social risks related to proposed reforms under the subsequent program loans;

(iii) prepare the Summary Poverty Reduction Assessment that elaborates social safeguard impact on indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement and other social risks in line with ADB guidelines and ADB format for program loan documents, particularly assessments required for the poverty impact analysis;

(iv) prepare an updated report on the impact of related proposed policy actions that are related to indigenous peoples and involuntary resettlement using data and background reports and information from responsible government agencies, research institutes, and statistical office such as, among others, General Statistics Office, Committee for Ethnic Minorities, Institute of Ethnic Minority Affairs;

(v) reduction efforts in terms of coordination with initiatives of other stakeholders including other donors and civil society groups; and

(vi) participate and provide necessary advice and inputs in consultative meetings and workshops.

3. International and National Labor Economist (3 PMs for each individual)

The principal objective of the assgnment is to review relevant legislation relating to the proposed SOE restructuring, in order to fully inform the design and sequensing of the reform program and associated labor programs.

4. International and National Political Economy Specialist (3 PMs for each individual)

The objective is to analyze the political economy of selected reform processes under the EMCC. The work will involve developing an appropriate methodology for and then developing a reform strategy and communication plan using political economy approach.

Responsible ADB Officer Dominic P. Mellor
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Viet Nam Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
State Bank of VietnamLe Minh Hung, General Director, ICDadbsbv@hn.vnn.vn47-49 Ly Thai To Street Hanoi Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 Sep 2006
Fact Finding 22 Aug 2007 to 24 Aug 2007
MRM -
Approval 14 Nov 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Dec 2008
Last PDS Update 25 Sep 2013

TA 4990-VIE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Nov 2007 - 14 Nov 2007 30 Nov 2010 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
150,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 180,000.00 14 Nov 2007 101,398.63

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