Both the BIMP-EAGA Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs) and IMT-GT Priority Connectivity projects (PCPs), included in the IBs, are viewed as critical building blocks and test-beds for achieving the goal of an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. The challenge has been how to start implementing some of these projects to begin showing visible results, by overcoming problems related to project readiness, project management, and in-country coordination.
The TA prepared the BIMP-EAGA Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016 endorsed by the Leaders at the 8th BIMP-EAGA Summit on 4 April 2012.
ADB also assisted in the preparation of a Project Manual launched at 10th BIMP-EAGA Summit on 11 May 2014. A training program on Project management has been organized by ADB in May 2014 for the capacity-building of BIMP-EAGA stakeholders.
ADB assisted in the review of the implementation of the land transport Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and supported a study on EAGA's maritime transport connectivity.
The TA also supported a scoping study for a power project interconnecting Borneo and Mindanao was also prepared by ADB and finalized in November 2014.
In the environment sector, ADB is currently finalizing a report on the assessment of EAGA's vulnerabilities to climate change. Also, linkages with the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) and the Heart of Borneo (HOB) programs is being explored.
ADB also prepared a statistical leaflet in close consultation with the statistics agencies and NS, which was launched at the 18th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting on 19 November 2014. ADB plans to continue its assistance in the development of a sustainable statistical database for BIMP-EAGA.
The TA has been providing support to IMT-GT in the key areas of institutional strengthening and capacity building, policy dialogue and knowledge management to forge subregional-national synergies.
The TA provided support for the development of the Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016. The IB was endorsed by the Leaders at the 6th IMT-GT Summit on 4 April 2012. ADB is currently finalizing the Mid-term Review of the IB by December 2014, as requested by the countries.
The TA also prepared a Project Manual for IMT-GT which serves as a guide for project planning and implementation and which was launched at the 8th IMT-GT Summit on 11 May 2014. In relation to this, enhancing capacities of IMT-GT stakeholders in project design and implementation has been provided through a training program organized by ADB in May 2014.
For the Special Border Economic Zones (SBEZ) of Thailand and Malaysia, ADB assisted in the conduct of a scoping study to identify feasible SBEZs that would ensure synergies, complementarities and attract investment in the border of the two countries. Border visits were conducted and a SBEZ Technical Task Force Meeting was held on 23 April 2014 in Melaka, Malaysia to discuss the recommendations of the study.
The TA supported a scoping study for Melaka under the Green Cities Initiative that identified and prioritized projects to realize the green city status and develop program for knowledge exchange platform where the cities can learn from each other. A knowledge workshop on the Green City Action Plan for Melaka was held on 22-23 April 2014 in Malaysia to launch the plan, which was adopted by the State Government. The scoping study for Songkla has been undertaken in 2014
A significant contribution of TA was in helping the countries develop an IMT GT Database on Trade, Investment and Tourism (ITITD). The first set of IMT-GT trade, investment and tourism database has been established and a statistical brochure was produced and launched at the 7th IMT-GT Summit on 25 April 2013. ADB also assisted the countries in producing a statistical booklet compiling the aggregate subregional data for IMT-GT which was launched at the 8th IMT-GT Summit on 11 May 2014.