Overall, TA implementation has proceeded well and satisfactorily with proactive identification of KPS by PRC and MON as well as broad participation of ADB knowledge departments in the Working Group evaluation of KPS proposals.
As of 31 July 2015, eleven RETA Working Group meetings were conducted and 52 Working Group actions were taken via email to review KPS proposals, address implementation issues, and update status of EARD KPS program.
The 76 approved strategic KPS are at various stages of implementation. Work on 48 KPS is completed; work on 24 KPS ongoing; and 4 KPS were cancelled.
Five increases in TA amount from $1 million to $5.5 million were approved, i.e., on 21 April 2009 ($500,000), 17 December 2009 ($750,000), 12 November 2010 ($1.5 million), 19 December 2011 ($1.0 million), and 21 November 2012($750,000) to accommodate more KPS requests than originally expected and to address the unserved KPS requirements of PRC and MON. On 3 September 2015, the TA completion date was extended to 31 December 2016.
The change in MON implementing agency (IA), from the Ministry of Finance to the National Development and Innovation Committee (NDIC) under the Prime Minister's Office, was approved on 7 July 2009. With the government reorganization in 2012, the NDIC was abolished and IA was changed to the Ministry of Economic Development (MED). On 19 February 2015, the change in IA to the Ministry of Finance was approved, following government reorganization.
A TA review mission was recently completed in the PRC (3-7 August 2015) and MON (6-9 July 2015) where progress of KPS implementation was reviewed in light of pending original closing of the TA in January 2016. In 2014, mission to PRC (22-25 September 2014) and to MON (19-21 August 2014) were also conducted. The PRC review mission discussed possible planned KPS proposals and participated in the Guizhou evaluation study and training workshop. The MON review mission discussed possible major strategic study related to long-term strategic planning and regional development.
A TA review mission was conducted in MON from 16-19 Dec 2013 and discussed with MED the progress of knowledge products under the TA; identification of a possible major strategic study to be funded by the bulk of the remaining RETA funds; government's plans for capacity building for line ministries and a possible ADB role; and follow up with the SC which of the smaller proposals will be handled directly by the Policy Research Team.
A TA review mission was conducted in PRC and MON from 17-22 June 2013 to discuss the status of 2013 KPS program and any new priorities for 2013, KPS implementation, and future directions.
A TA review mission was conducted in PRC and MON from 28 June-5 July 2012 to (i) review the progress of knowledge products and services (KPS) subprojects with PRC Ministry of Finance (MOF) TA Division and MON National Development and Innovation Committee (NDIC); (ii) discuss future KPS priorities; and (iii) review the training program for NDIC staff in the area of research methodology.
On 3-7 December 2012, a follow-up knowledge management mission was held in Mongolia to (i) discuss the change of implementing agency; (ii) discuss the change in composition of the RETA Steering Committee (SC); (iii) review the progress of knowledge products and services (KPS) subprojects with the MON Ministry of Economic Development (MED); (iv) check the office space of the policy research team under the capacity building subproject and the team's work; and (v) review the training program for NDIC staff in the area of research methodology.
A knowledge management mission to PRC and MON was field from 6-11 June 2011 to discuss: (i) implementation of the 2011 KPS program; (ii) future KPS priorities; (iii) address procedural matters in appoval of KPS under the TA; and (iv) review the need for training of NDIC staff on research methodology.
TA review missions to PRC and MON were held in September 2010 to discuss the status of implementation of the 2010 KPS program. In MON, the review mission identified how to increase research capacity in Mongolia's National Development and Innovation Committee under the Office of the Prime Minister. In PRC, finalization of the draft reports on the strategy and promotion of industrial transfer in the 12th Five-Year Plan was worked out with the National Development and Reform Commission.
TA review missions were undertaken in January 2010 and November 2009 and reviewed progress on two strategic KPS related to PRC's 12th Five Year Plan. A mission also discussed KPS proposals with MON National Development and Innovation Committee and progress of research work with MON policy research advisory team.
A TA review mission in June 2009 in PRC discussed progress of KPS implementation. ADB and PRC Government agreed to emphasize interprovincial cooperation as a priority KPS area. Inception meeting held for the KPS Study on Direction and Policies for PRC's 12th Five-Year Plan.
KPS mission to MON and PRC in October 2008 resulted in identification of priority KPS areas for MON and closer monitoring of 7 strategic KPS for PRC. In addition, two strategic studies related to the preparation of the 12th Five Year Plan of PRC were being supported under the RETA.