The TA will require 20 person-months of consulting services (9 person-months international and 11 person-months national). The consultants will be recruited through a reputable organization (consultant firm) that is highly professional and experienced in preparing and organizing similar high-level international economic forums. Within this framework, the selected organization will also undertake specialized studies on the sectors and themes selected for the summit through the engagement of local experts, from which additional 12 person-months of inputs will be required. Based on the selected sectors and themes to be finalized in consultation with the government and other stakeholders (from among the tentative list in para. 12), these additional experts will be selected by the consultant firm in consultation with ADB from among the best-qualified and available local experts. In addition, the consultant firm will further engage an event management agent to manage the logistics for the summit. The outline terms of reference for consultants are in Appendix 3.
In view of (i) the need to engage a highly reputed organization that can manage the summit with high-level international experts (a critical component of the TA), and (ii) urgency to organizing the summit by September 2013 and to reflect the outputs in the medium-term development plan of the government within 2013, the TA will recruit the consultant firm through the quality- and cost-based selection method with simplified technical proposals. ADB will adopt fast-track measures, including advance actions. The consultants will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). Office equipment required for the implementation of the TA will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time), and will be handed over to the government upon completion of the TA. Disbursements under the TA will be in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistant Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
The TA will be implemented over 15 months, from 1 February 2013 to 30 April 2014. The steering committee will meet for the inception of the TA, and at least every 2 months thereafter to review the implementation progress and resolve any related issues. It will provide policy guidance to the SOC for effective day-to-day implementation of the TA and for organizing the summit. The steering committee and the SOC may invite representatives of the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders to their meetings. ADB will field frequent missions to review implementation progress, and to guide the TA consultants (in consultation with MOF). These missions will make appropriate recommendations to MOF and ADB management should the implementation environment change drastically, affecting the achievement of the TA objectives.