China, People's Republic of: Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition

Sovereign Project | 41098-012

Summary

The goal of the TA is to improve portfolio performance and impacts, and optimize value addition of ADB financed projects in the PRC. The purpose is to improve project implementation impacts through streamlining project implementation procedures; strengthening EAs/IAs capacity in planning, designing, implementing, managing, monitoring and operating ADB financed projects; and disseminating selectively best cases of transfer, dissemination and take-up of knowledge, technology, best practices and/or reform initiatives achieved through successful implementation of ADB-financed projects.

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Project Name Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition
Project Number 41098-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 4968-PRC: Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 4968-PRC: Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 4968-PRC: Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 100,000.00
TA 4968-PRC: Operational Capacity Building and Value Addition(3rd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Decentralization
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The goal of the TA is to improve portfolio performance and impacts, and optimize value addition of ADB financed projects in the PRC. The purpose is to improve project implementation impacts through streamlining project implementation procedures; strengthening EAs/IAs capacity in planning, designing, implementing, managing, monitoring and operating ADB financed projects; and disseminating selectively best cases of transfer, dissemination and take-up of knowledge, technology, best practices and/or reform initiatives achieved through successful implementation of ADB-financed projects.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project design and implementation are becoming more and more complex, but EAs/IAs are not necessarily prepared to face the challenge. EAs/IAs lack institutional capacity and experience in planning, managing, and implementing projects funded by international organizations. They also tend to be weak in establishing good financial management systems, corporate governance, and accountability mechanisms. The weak capacity and limited experience often result in inefficient project implementation and could adversely affect project outcomes and impacts.

Capacity development is one of ADB's thematic priorities, aimed at enhancing the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of ADB interventions. Strengthened country capacity contributes to achieve better public sector performance. Capacity development is particularly important as ADB-financed projects are increasingly moving to the poorer middle and western provinces where problems of weak financial management, institutional capacity, and corporate governance are more acute.

As new lending modalities evolve, ADB will also need to help develop the EAs and IAs experience and capability in carrying out innovative projects such as sector loan or multitranche financing facility (MFF) projects. Strong project management capacity at the provincial to county levels is essential for successful implementation, and an innovative model to scale up project preparation and implementation will be needed where projects involve a large number of smaller cities and counties, and multiple subprojects.

Impact Improved portfolio performance of ADB-financed projects in the PRC and optimized recycling of value additions to PRC's public sector development.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened capacity of EAs/IAs to plan, design, implement, manage, monitor, and operate ADB-financed loan projects.
Progress Toward Outcome

The TA amount was increased by US$300,000 and completion date was extended on 18 December 2012 to fortify the TA outcome and support the prioritized activities identified.

Notes: the project team and EA are in Beijing, and contact with the EA (the Ministry of Finance) is constant. TA review has been conducted through meetings, discussions, and phone calls. ADB staff and project team members conducted training and showcase workshops, and CPRM workshops, and other activities financed by the TA.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Well-defined functions, roles, and responsibilities of all stakeholders, particularly of EAs and IAs, identified in the project cycle.

2. Training programs and training materials developed, and training workshops in project design, planning, implementation, and management conducted.

3. Workshops conducted for selectively showcasing best examples of transfer, dissemination, and take-up of knowledge, technology, best practices and/or reform initiatives achieved through successful implementation of ADB-financed projects.

4.Training programs for trainers developed, and a pool of trainers established.

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

1. Individual Tailor-Made Workshops:

1.1 Two individual tailor-made workshops held in Jilin and Heilongjiang in February 2008 to prepare the proposed ADB lending project on Songhua River Basin Water Pollution Control and Management Project.

1.2 One individual tailor-made workshop held in early Jul 2008 in Jinan, Shandong Province to train project people from Shandong, Henan and Gansu Provinces under the proposed Dryland Sustainable Development Project.

1.3 Two individual training were held in Jilin and Kunming in August 2008. About 76 local project people in Jilin (Changchun and Yanji) and Kunming participanted in the training to learn procurement, disbursement, contract administration, financial reporting, resettlement and environment.

1.4 One individual training was held in early October 2008 for IAs staff from three ADB-financed projects (Guiyang, Qingdao and Anhui). Lectures on procurement, consulting services, disbursement and contract administration were provided.

1.5 Two individual training were held in Guangxi (March 2009) and Shanxi (July 2009) with focus on disbursement, procurement, resettlement, and PPMS.

1.6 One individual training was held in Xinjiang (Nov 09) with focus on procurement, disbursement, safeguards, and PPMS.

1.7 One individual training was held in Gansu (Mar 2010) with focused on procurement and disbursement for the proposed forestry project in northwestern provinces.

1.8 One individual training was held in Jiangxi (Aug 2010) with focused on procurement and disbursement for the proposed Jiangxi Sustainable Forest Ecosystem Development Project.

1.9 One individual training was held in Qinghai (Oct 2010) with focused on procurement and disbursement for the proposed Qinghai Rural Water Resources Management Project.

No. of training participants (as of end-Dec 2010): 1174 project people were trained.

2. Other Workshops:

2.1 Two consultation workshop were held on (i) the non-financial costs of doing business with ADB; and (ii) prepartion ADB-financed projects.

2.2 A nation-wide conference on ADB-financed project portfolio review was held in Anhui from 22-24 Sept 2008. About 120 participants from central/provincial governments, EAs/IAs, ADB and other related stakeholders joined the conference.

2.3 A national Showcase conference on water modling was held in Wuhan in October 2008. About 120 participants joined this conference.

2.4 A national Showcase conference on clean energy development (MFF) was held in Gansu in August 2009. About 110 people participated in the conference.

2.5 The 2009 PRC Country Portfolio Review workshop was held in Beijing in September 2009 with more than 40 participants.

2.6 A consultation workshop on on-lending arrangments for agriculture projects were held in Jiangxi in November 2009.

2.7 A consultation workshop on lending modality was held in Guangdong Province in March 2010.

2.8 A training on TA delegation was held in Beijing in May 2010.

2.9 The 2010 PRC Country Portfolio Review Conference was held in Ningxia in September 2010 with more than 190 participants.

2.10 The workshop on Innovation in ADB Lending Operations was held during 1-2 June 2011.

2.11 the 2011 Country Portfolio Review Mission was held 19-21 September 2011.

2.12 CPS Consultation Workshop was held on 15 December 2011 in Jiangxi.

2.13 a Workshop on Newly Programmed Projects for ADB Financing was held on 22-23 February 2012 in Beijing.

2.14 the 2012 Country Portfolio Review Mission and Back-to-back Showcase of Guangdong EPP Project was held on 24-28 September 2012 in Guangzhou;

2.15 Workshop on Newly Programmed Projects for ADB Financing was held on 18-19 March 2013 in Beijing

2.16 Country Portfolio Review Mission was conducted 21-22 November 2013 in Beijing, participated by about 130 participants from the government agencies and EA/IAs.

2.17. The workshop for newly programmed projects was held on 9-10 April 2014 in Beijing.

2.18. The 2014 Country Portfolio Review Mission was held in November 2014 with 52 participants.

3. Learning Resources:

3.1 The online self-learning was prepared and launched in March 2010. The PRC local project people can access the learning resources by click the following link: http://www.adb.org/Documents/Handbooks/PRC-Project-Learning-Resources/

3.2 Four project management manuals were published, which are (i) Project Management Handbook; (ii) Environment Management Handbook; (iii) Social Assessment Handbook; (iv) Disbursement Practices Analysis Report.

3.3 The Collection on Good Practice Papers on Management of Projects Financial by Int'l Financial Institutions was published.

3.4 Two publications were completed: Project Management Handbook for ADB-financed Projects in PRC and the English version of Innovation and Development: Collection on Good Practice Papers on Management of Projects Financial by Int'l Financial Institutions.

TA completion date was extended to 31 December 2014.

Geographical Location national-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive consultations with EA were carried out during TA processing phase.
During Project Implementation Continouse consultations were carried out with EA and IAs during TA implementation phase.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Six individual consultants were recruited under the TA. Resource persons were engaged for conducting individual training.
Procurement The equipment procurement was completed.
Responsible ADB Officer Fang Wang
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of FinanceMr. Li DongxiangMinistry of Finance Sanlihe, Xicheng District, Beijing, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 May 2007
Fact Finding 18 Jun 2007 to 02 Jul 2007
MRM -
Approval 18 Sep 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Oct 2007
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2015

TA 4968-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Sep 2007 30 Nov 2007 30 Nov 2007 31 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,350,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,550,000.00 18 Sep 2007 1,181,013.34

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