Regional: Establishing the Asian International Economists Network

Sovereign Project | 45118-001

Summary

The TA will establish an open-ended, internet-based network of international economic policy experts which, through targeted outputs, aims to strengthen institutional capacity on trade policy across the region. Key activities include: (i) creation of a platform for network interaction and development of a database and online tools for trade policy analysis: (ii) training programs on new trade issues; (iii) conferences on new trade issues; (iv) informal policy dialogues and roundtable discussions; (v) a research associates program on new trade issues; and (vi) policy-oriented research. The impact of the TA will be stronger national and regional trade policies and cooperation of trade ministries, policymakers, and trade experts in Asia.

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Project Name Establishing the Asian International Economists Network
Project Number 45118-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7829-REG: Establishing the Asian International Economists Network
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.10 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will establish an open-ended, internet-based network of international economic policy experts which, through targeted outputs, aims to strengthen institutional capacity on trade policy across the region. Key activities include: (i) creation of a platform for network interaction and development of a database and online tools for trade policy analysis: (ii) training programs on new trade issues; (iii) conferences on new trade issues; (iv) informal policy dialogues and roundtable discussions; (v) a research associates program on new trade issues; and (vi) policy-oriented research. The impact of the TA will be stronger national and regional trade policies and cooperation of trade ministries, policymakers, and trade experts in Asia.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Trade patterns are in a state of flux in the rapidly evolving post-global financial crisis world and, amid stalled Doha Round trade talks, there is a rapid spread of free trade agreements (FTA) and a momentum for large intra- and interregional FTA proposals. Despite strong political signals from world leaders to conclude the Doha Round, and the resumption of negotiations early this year, it seems unclear whether economies will overcome disagreement over liberalization of agriculture and non-agricultural market access in the near future. Moreover, with protectionist sentiments and momentum for regionalism, countries are seeking liberalization through bilateral and regional trade agreements. Accordingly, however, regional trade negotiations are becoming more complex as they increasingly deal with matters that go beyond traditional tariff and nontariff barriers. Meanwhile, trade policy capacity varies across the region, with notable gaps in low-income developing economies. There is a need to increase the capacity of the region's trade officials and think tanks to analyze implications and formulate competitiveness-enhancing trade policies.
Impact The intended impact of the TA is strengthened national and regional trade policies and cooperation of trade ministries, policy makers, and trade experts in Asia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The envisioned outcome is enhanced trade policy capacity among Asian International Economists Network (AIEN) members to deal with issues in "2nd generation" FTA negotiations through analysis, negotiations, policy formulation, and information dissemination.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The TA will have 6 major components: (i) creation of a virtual web-based platform for network interaction and development of a database and online tools for trade policy analysis; (ii) training programs on new trade issues; (iii) conferences on new trade issues; (iv) informal policy dialogues and roundtable discussions among trade ministers, ADB Management, and trade experts; (v) research associates program at ADB/ADBI on new trade issues; and (vi) policy-oriented research.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
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 The TA will require a full-time Project Manager with expertise in international law or economics (international or national, 30 person-months); a Researcher with expertise in economics, international relations, or law (national, 30 person-months); a trade economist/macroeconomist (international, 4 person-months intermittent); a web developer (national, 3 person-months); and research associates with expertise on economics or international law (international or national, 36 person-months intermittent).
Procurement Recruitment of Project Manager, Researcher, and Research Associates is expected to commence in April 2011.
Responsible ADB Officer Xinglan Hu
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division ERCI
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankGaneshan Wignaraja6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Feb 2011
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2011 to 25 Mar 2011
MRM -
Approval 13 Jun 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Apr 2011

TA 7829-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Jun 2011 - 13 Jun 2011 30 Jun 2014 30 Sep 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 13 Jun 2011 812,599.82

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