Regional: Assessing the Socioeconomic Effects of the Greater Mekong Subregion Projects

Sovereign Project | 42148-012 Status: Closed


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Project Name Assessing the Socioeconomic Effects of the Greater Mekong Subregion Projects
Project Number 42148-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6490-REG: Assessing the Socioeconomic Effects of the Greater Mekong Subregion Projects
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 950,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome A Mission was fielded from July 15-16 2010 to attend the third regional workshop to discuss and provide feedback on the draft final country reports produced by the participating research institutes (RIs). 11. A lot of progress has been made by the RIs on the use of techniques, and there has been a significant increase in capacity of all the RIs to undertake impact evaluation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The RETA encountered periodic delays with the implementation period extended three times and is supposed to be due for completion on 31 May 2013. Within that period, ten case studies were completed and a draft regional synthesis report was prepared on the socioeconomic effects of the GMS projects. Apart from the regional synthesis report and the case studies originally envisaged for dissemination through an appropriate publication, it was also agreed that a monograph based on the RETA outputs will be produced for policy makers, evaluation specialists and general readers familiar with regional cooperation and project evaluation. Additional consultations were undertaken to provide information needed in the planning of further analytical work. However, there were substantive structural constraints and limitations to assessing the socioeconomic impact of selected GMS projects like the North-South Economic Corridor using the previous survey results (e.g., in the selection of villages, sampling size, questionnaire design, and limited economic data about the control group, among others). Given that substantial technical input and time will be required to address these constraints, it was agreed that the existing final report could be used for dissemination. The final report was issued in 2014.
Geographical Location Greater Mekong Subregion

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The proposed RETA addresses a key recommendation of the Mid-Term Review of the GMS Strategic Framework (2002-2012) that was prepared in close consultation with GMS countries as well as the private sector and civil society organizations. The Review was approved by the GMS Ministers at the 14th Ministerial Meeting held on 21 June 2007. The RETA concept was also presented to senior officials of the GMS at the Fifth Meeting of the Task Force for the GMS Summit held on 28 March 2008, and will be discussed further during fact-finding.
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The RETA will be implemented in partnership with national research institutes (NRIs) in each country, and will require the services of international and national consultants. for an estimated period of 12 person-months and 9 person-months, respectively. The international consultants will consist of (i) a team leader/coordinator, and (ii) economists/ specialists. The RETA will also engage a national consultant / analyss on an individual basis for 9 person-months to assist the TA Supervising Unit officer in coordinating the RETA activities.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Cuong Nguyen
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance 23 Jun 2008
Fact Finding 10 Mar 2008 to 24 Mar 2008
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 25 Jul 2008
Last PDS Update 02 Jan 2015

TA 6490-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Oct 2008 - 02 Oct 2008 30 Jun 2010 30 Jun 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
950,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 02 Oct 2008 696,522.04

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