1. Work on this RETA centered on supporting knowledge events and knowledge products as well as funding of subprojects.
2. Subprojects supported:
SAHS: Two reports: Challenges and Opportuities for Skills Development in Asia, and Sanitation in Rural Gujarat are in the final stages of publication and targeted to be printed by end of Q1 2016.
SAPF: Research study on Developing an Econometric Model for the Indian Banking Sector completed and the working paper has been published in November 2014.
SARC: Publication of ADB-Bhutan Development Partnership was launched on 3 February 2014 by the Prime Minister of Bhutan and ADB President.
SARC: Publication on ADB-Maldives 35 Years of Partnership was launched on 15 October 2015 by the Finance Minister of Maldives.
SARC: Film on Winds of Change, short version has been completed in January 2016.
SAUW: Publication of report entitled Gender and Urban Poverty in South Asia has been completed.
SAUW: Publication of knowledge product entitled Financing Low Carbon Urban Development in South Asia: A Post 2012 Context (formerly Accessing Carbon Finance for Solid Waste Projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal Post-2012: Lessons from Kyoto Protocol Projects in India and China) completed in October 2013.
SAOD: Publication of Lose to Gain: Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity? has been completed and launched in April 2014.
SAPF - A study to establish a PCRGFI for India has been completed and a second phase to update the work on PSCRGFI is ongoing.
BRM. The first articles under BRM's Quarterly Economic Updates were completed in the last quarter of 2015.
INRM: The reports on Impact of Trade and FDI Policies on Industrial Development in South Asia, and Food Security in South Asia: Developing Regional Supply Chains for the Food Processing Industry were published in December 2015. The report on Developing Regional Supply Chains in the Leather Sector in South Asia is undergoing final editing.
NRM: Study on Constraints to Agricultural Transformation in Nepal has been completed in November 2013.
NRM: NTNC - International Conference on Invasive Alien Species Management was held on March 25 - 27, 2014 at the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Biodiversity Conservation Centre in Sauraha, Chitwan, Nepal. A webpage has been dedicated for the conference (http://www.ntnc.org.np/iciasm) where conference materials are available. The conference proceedings was published in June 2015.
NRM: Translation of the Nepal's Office of Audit General Audit report was completed for 2014. A second Audit Report was translated in June 2015 and disseminated in the last quarter of 2015 .
NRM: The Nepal Country Environment Note has been published in December 2014 and the electronic copy is available in the ADB website.
NRM: A study on Impacts of social mobilization in local governance community development in Nepal has been completed in early 2015.
NRM: The National Strategic Framework for Nature Conservation underwent a series of consultation process and the final document was approved by the Nepal's National Planning Commission Board and printed in September 2015.
SLRM: Under the Eminent Speaker Series at Academy of Financial Studies, Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India delivered a presentation on Policy Reforms Towards Strengthening South Asia's Role in the Changing Global Economic Landscape on 10 December 2015 .
SLRM: Regional IFRS for SMEs Workshop has been completed.
3. Supplementary TA fund amounting to US$1.4 million and extension of TA completion date to 31 December 2017 were approved. The total TA amount is currently $3.0 million. Out of the total TA amount of $3.0 million, $1.155 million in contracts has been committed as of December 2015.