Lao People's Democratic Republic: Strengthening Technical Vocational Education and Training Project

Sovereign Project | 42278-012

Summary

The project will support the strategic objectives of the Government of Lao PDR - sustainable economic growth, accelerated social development and poverty eradication ? as set out in the country?s Sixth Socioeconomic Development Plan 2006-2010 (SEDP6). SEDP6 provides a coherent development framework focusing on and prioritizing a small number of sectors (including education) and accelerating reforms in key thematic areas such as capacity development, governance and private sector development. The project is also aligned with the ADB?s country strategy and program 2007?2011 (CSP), which seeks to promote pro-poor sustainable growth, foster social inclusiveness and improve governance. The core of the CSP ? a multi-partner move towards coordinated capacity development and program and/or sector-based approaches in core sectors ? is supported by the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its associated country action plan.

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Project Name Strengthening Technical Vocational Education and Training Project
Project Number 42278-012
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7299-LAO: Strengthening Technical Vocational Education and Training Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Education - Technical and vocational education and training
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The project will support the strategic objectives of the Government of Lao PDR - sustainable economic growth, accelerated social development and poverty eradication ? as set out in the country?s Sixth Socioeconomic Development Plan 2006-2010 (SEDP6). SEDP6 provides a coherent development framework focusing on and prioritizing a small number of sectors (including education) and accelerating reforms in key thematic areas such as capacity development, governance and private sector development. The project is also aligned with the ADB?s country strategy and program 2007?2011 (CSP), which seeks to promote pro-poor sustainable growth, foster social inclusiveness and improve governance. The core of the CSP ? a multi-partner move towards coordinated capacity development and program and/or sector-based approaches in core sectors ? is supported by the Vientiane Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its associated country action plan. CSP implementation is linked to a multi-partner effort to improve the quality of and access to basic education and preventive health services, to foster agricultural diversification and commercialization, and to improve the enabling environment for private sector development. The PPTA will prepare the first ADB operation in Lao PDR at the TVET level. It would also allow for the development of a comprehensive plan to address the needs of the TVET sector.
Impact The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Lao PDR is more accessible, efficient, relevant and responsive to labor market needs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An agreed design for an ADF grant-funded project, suitable for ADB financing, that will enhance the quality and relevance of the TVET system in Lao PDR and produce graduates that possess skills that are relevant to the needs of the labor market.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

The PPTA will consist of the following outputs:

(i) Comprehensive assessment of the TVET sector in Lao PDR. This will include an examination of the size and nature of TVET provision, as well as sector constraints such as the lack of relevance of TVET programs/curricula to labor market needs, institutional and government TVET capacity, linkages between TVET and the private sector, the nature and extent of private TVET provision and the scope for PPPs and weaknesses in the existing regulatory and funding framework for TVET.

(ii) Detailed labor market assessment. This will be based on available data sources such of labor market information such as MoLSW and MoE information systems, as well as new surveys and studies to be undertaken as part of the PPTA. The labor markets assessment will examine: (a) the labor market situation, including the supply of, and demand for, labor in selected major towns in the country; (b) the nature, extent and distribution of skills gaps in the country; (c) emerging labor market requirements in the country, including forecasting the demand for, and supply of, labor in Lao PDR for the period 2010 to 2015; and (d) the extent to which the TVET and higher education systems are meeting the needs of the labor market.

(iii) Assessment of critical issues in improving TVET performance and lessons learned from international experience with TVET reform.

(iv) Completed project outline that addresses key sector constraints and required reforms.

(v) Detailed project design, including feasibility study with economic and financial analysis, and gender/social analysis, based on the Design and Monitoring Framework (DMF).

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Recruitment of consultants is completed. Consultants were mobilized in October 2009. An Inception workshop was conducted in November 2009. During the inception, the phasing of the implementation which required the phasing of the consultant services was removed and a new implementation schedule was prepared. However, the consultant inputs remain the same.
Responsible ADB Officer Norman LaRocque
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education_and SportsAssoc. Prof. Dr. Kongsy Sengmanyksengmany@yahoo.comDepartment of Technical and Vocational Education
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Mar 2009
Fact Finding 18 Feb 2009 to 27 Feb 2009
MRM -
Approval 15 Jun 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 27 Mar 2009
Last PDS Update 13 Oct 2010

TA 7299-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Jun 2009 28 Jul 2009 28 Jul 2009 28 Feb 2010 30 Oct 2010 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,120,000.00 15 Jun 2009 894,245.49

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