Regional: Developing the Services Sector as an Engine for Inclusive Growth

Sovereign Project | 45334-001

Summary

The TA will undertake in-depth studies to enhance the productivity of the services sector and enable it to have a greater role in the growth process. It will provide relevant lessons on services sector status and reforms for developing Asia, as well as for specific countries. The main output of the TA will be a comprehensive, policy-relevant, high-quality book that covers the following: (a) analysis of the role of services in making growth more inclusive; (b) analysis of the constraints to the development of the services sector in the region, and (c) policy recommendations to strengthen the services sector.

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Project Name Developing the Services Sector as an Engine for Inclusive Growth
Project Number 45334-001
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development
Finance - Finance sector development
Health - Health system development
Industry and trade - Trade and services
Information and communication technology - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development
Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA will undertake in-depth studies to enhance the productivity of the services sector and enable it to have a greater role in the growth process. It will provide relevant lessons on services sector status and reforms for developing Asia, as well as for specific countries. The main output of the TA will be a comprehensive, policy-relevant, high-quality book that covers the following: (a) analysis of the role of services in making growth more inclusive; (b) analysis of the constraints to the development of the services sector in the region, and (c) policy recommendations to strengthen the services sector.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy While a number of studies have been undertaken to examine services sector in Asia, the major contribution of this TA is that it provides an in-depth exploration of barriers to services sector development across the region, and policy options for overcoming them. As one critical barrier to services sector development is the protection of certain subsectors, the TA will explore how the sector can be liberalized domestically, and be made more open and tradable to allow it to contribute to Asia's future growth. It is important to identify the benefits and costs of both domestic and international liberalization of the sector to help push reforms. Another important contribution of the TA is that it will more explicitly examine the impact of services sector development on poverty reduction and inclusive growth. As creating decent employment is an important element of inclusive growth, the TA will examine how the services sector can provide sufficient jobs to Asia's workers.
Impact Enhanced productivity of the services sector and a greater role for it in the growth process.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Relevant lessons on services sector status and reforms are provided to governments and the general public.

Improved understanding of developing Asia's services sector by policymakers and the general public (e.g., their main structural features, their main weaknesses, and strategic directions to foster strong services sector).

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Book covering:

a. Analysis of the role of services sector in making growth more inclusive

b. Analysis of the constraints to the development of the services sector in the region

c. Policy recommendations to strengthen the services sector

2. Background papers which may be published as ADB working papers

3. At least two workshops to present study results for comments

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

ADB will engage a consulting firm through consultants' qualifications selection to work with ADB staff and other consultants on the research papers. The firm will contribute to determining the strategic direction and the technical scope of the research papers, oversee the quality and timely delivery of the research papers, and ensure that they are widely disseminated. A total of 7 person-months of international consulting services will be required from the selected firm, comprising 2.5 person-months from one lead economist and 4.5 person-months from three senior economists.

The TA will also require 6 person-months of international consultants' time to prepare five country studies. Resource persons will be hired for approximately 2 person-months to review the papers, provide comments, and serve as discussants in the workshops. The TA will also engage the services of an economics editor for 2 person-months to ensure that the publication to be produced is of high quality. The TA will also require 6 person-months of services from 3 national consultants: 2-person months for assistance in the preparation of research studies and in organizing workshops and related activities, 2 person-months from a manuscript editor to ensure a quality publication that adheres to ADB style, usage, and format, and 2 person-months from a graphic designer to prepare the book for publication.

Procurement To be determined.
Responsible ADB Officer Donghyun Park
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division ERMR
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2011
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 25 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Nov 2011

TA 7898-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
25 Oct 2011 - 25 Oct 2011 31 Oct 2013 31 Dec 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25 Oct 2011 383,126.90

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