China, People's Republic of: Provincial Development Strategies for Chongqing Municipality and Guizhou Province

Sovereign Project | 42139-012

Summary

The TA comprises a Chongqing component and a Guizhou component, and aims to help develop balanced and sustainable socioeconomic development strategies for the PRC's poorest municipality (Chongqing) and poorest province (Guizhou).

The Chongqing component will produce a strategic report on promoting social investments in the construction of "five Chongqings" under the framework for unifying urban-rural development. This report will comprise a comprehensive report and five subproject reports on the key emphasis areas e.g., livability, transport, the environment, safety and security, and health (footnote 6). The findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations will be submitted to the government in the form of policy briefs, report summaries, and final reports. The outputs of the Chongqing component will serve as inputs to the municipality's 12th FYP. The Chongqing component will also include consultative workshops and a dissemination conference.

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Project Name Provincial Development Strategies for Chongqing Municipality and Guizhou Province
Project Number 42139-012
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7361-PRC: Provincial Development Strategies for Chongqing Municipality and Guizhou Province
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Health - Health system development
Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA comprises a Chongqing component and a Guizhou component, and aims to help develop balanced and sustainable socioeconomic development strategies for the PRC's poorest municipality (Chongqing) and poorest province (Guizhou).

The Chongqing component will produce a strategic report on promoting social investments in the construction of "five Chongqings" under the framework for unifying urban-rural development. This report will comprise a comprehensive report and five subproject reports on the key emphasis areas e.g., livability, transport, the environment, safety and security, and health (footnote 6). The findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations will be submitted to the government in the form of policy briefs, report summaries, and final reports. The outputs of the Chongqing component will serve as inputs to the municipality's 12th FYP. The Chongqing component will also include consultative workshops and a dissemination conference.

The Chongqing component will address key constraints by reviewing ways to mobilize more private investments. This component will (i) diagnose the constraints to development in the five emphasis areas; (ii) rank the constraints in the order of importance and identify those that most urgently need to be addressed; (iii) prepare a strategy for development based on an analysis of the key constraints, favorable conditions, and their interrelationships; (iv) estimate the costs and resources needed to promote the "five Chongqings" against the background of unifying urban-rural development; (v) draw from experiences and lessons from international best practices; and (vi) provide policy recommendations on how to attract private investment to promote the "five Chongqings."

The Guizhou component will produce a comprehensive report on changing Guizhou's economic development pattern, and will be supported by four sub-reports on: (i) accelerating industrialization in Guizhou; (ii) approaches to and policy reforms for accelerating green urbanization in Guizhou; (iii) more rapid development of hazard-free, green and organic food (as defined in footnote 8); and (iv) approaches to and policy measures for preventing and managing stony desertification. The findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations will be submitted to the government in the form of policy briefs, a summary report, and final reports. The outputs of the Guizhou component will serve as inputs to the province's 12th FYP. The Guizhou component will also include consultative workshops, a dissemination conference, and technical training.

The Guizhou component will focus on optimizing provincial economic development patterns through effective use of natural resources. This component will (i) conduct a thorough diagnosis of constraints to urbanization, industrialization, food development, and stony desertification management; (ii) rank the constraints in terms of importance and identify the most urgent constraints; (iii) develop a development strategy based on an analysis of the key constraints, favorable conditions, and their interrelationships; (iv) draw from experiences and lessons from international best practices; and (v) provide policy recommendations to promote changes in Guizhou's economic development pattern.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The PRC has made considerable progress in overall economic development in the last three decades, but the benefits have been unevenly distributed among regions. The western region covers 12 provinces or autonomous regions or municipalities, and has benefited less than the east coast from economic growth and reforms. Incomes are lower, poverty is more widespread, and health and education facilities are poorer than the national average. The Government has implemented its western development strategy since 1999 in an effort to rebalance regional development. ADB supports the Government's strategy by allocating more resources to the interior provinces, including loans and TA. The outputs of the previous TA projects for provincial development strategies were highly appreciated by the central and relevant provincial governments. Many policy recommendations and innovative ideas proposed under these TA projects have been reflected in government policy documents. The Government strongly supports continued provision by ADB of such TA.Chongqing and Guizhou are located in the southwestern region, and each has a large rural population. Chongqing was established as the PRC's fourth provincial-level municipality in 1997, and has subsequently experienced robust economic growth. It remains poor, however; in 2008 it ranked 19th of 31 provincial-level units in terms of per capita gross domestic product (GDP). Chongqing was recently selected as the only provincial-level unit to pilot the urban?rural unification strategy, and it was felt that this pilot would benefit from external assistance. Guizhou is the nation's poorest province, with an average per capita GDP of CNY8,284 ($1,298) in 2008, or about one third of the national average of $3,266. Both Chongqing and Guizhou are home to many poor people. Supporting Chongqing and Guizhou in planning their development strategies will contribute to the PRC's poverty reduction, urban?rural unification, western development, and sustainable development strategies.
Impact More balanced development in Guizhou and unified development supported by related physical and social infrastructure in Chongqing
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Adoption by relevant government agencies of policy reforms and regulations, and introduction or recommendation of new practices and ideas under the TA
Progress Toward Outcome To be assessed at project completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Report on attracting social investments in the construction of "five Chongqings" under the framework of unifying urban-rural development

2. Report on promoting changes in Guizhou's economic development pattern

3. Consultative workshops

4. Dissemination conferences

5. Technical training

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Two review Missions for each component have been fielded. The draft final reports have been submitted to the EA and ADB for review.
Geographical Location Chongqing Municipality and Guizhou Province
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive consultation was carried out during project processing phase.
During Project Implementation Consultation will be continued during project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA requires 77 person-months of international and national consultants and about 180 days of resource person services. The consulting firms were selected and engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
Procurement The TA provides $50,000 for purchasing office equipment and facilities to support implementation of the TA project, including laptop computers, printers, fax machines, scanners, cameras, digital recorders, copy machines, and other office consumables. Specific package is subject to prior ADB approval. The equipment will be procured through shopping procedure.
Responsible ADB Officer Long Yun Peng
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division PRC Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Chongqing Municipal GovernmentLi YingNo.1, Honghuxi Road, Yubei District, Chongqqing City
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Jun 2009
Fact Finding 01 Jul 2009 to 08 Jul 2009
MRM -
Approval 14 Sep 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 17 Jul 2009
Last PDS Update 09 Dec 2011

TA 7361-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Sep 2009 04 Dec 2009 04 Dec 2009 31 Mar 2011 30 Sep 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 14 Sep 2009 740,118.67

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