China, People's Republic of: Innovative Financing for Urban Infrastructure and Municipal Services in Harbin

Sovereign Project | 46055-001

Summary

The proposed policy and advisory and technical assistance (TA) aims to develop key strategies and policies that foster financial arrangements which will further support and susatin the economic growth of Harbin municipality. This objective will both support the development of the city's current master plan, "Further Developing the Northern, Southern and Central Parts of Harbin Municipality as well as the Affiliated Countries" and also serve as a pilot for exploring, developing, and promoting sound fiscal policies for local governments across the PRC.

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Project Name Innovative Financing for Urban Infrastructure and Municipal Services in Harbin
Project Number 46055-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8103-PRC: Innovative Financing for Urban Infrastructure and Municipal Services in Harbin
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed policy and advisory and technical assistance (TA) aims to develop key strategies and policies that foster financial arrangements which will further support and susatin the economic growth of Harbin municipality. This objective will both support the development of the city's current master plan, "Further Developing the Northern, Southern and Central Parts of Harbin Municipality as well as the Affiliated Countries" and also serve as a pilot for exploring, developing, and promoting sound fiscal policies for local governments across the PRC.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact The impact of the TA will be the strengthened capacity of local governments to manage municipal finances. This strengthened financial capacity will contribute to smooth economic growth and help provide jobs and increased social services for the migrating rural poor entering the city.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Harbin's municipal financing mechanism options deepened
Progress Toward Outcome The assistance is in the final stages of implementation.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Analysis of current HMG's fiscal structure and health

2. Assessment reports of government-backed investment units

3. Assessment report with recommendations for improved municipal revenue arrangements

4. White paper on innovative financing for infrastructure development

5. Knowledge products produced and disseminated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The inception mission and workshop was held on 22- 26 July 2013, the first mobilization of the full team. The consultant team was able to meet key agencies and clarify the needs and priorities of the Harbin Municipal Government (HMG)'. The inception workshop held on July 26 was effective in explaining the proposed work of the TA and securing feedback from HMG and its agencies, which emphasized the need for a forward-looking, action-oriented approach. It was agreed that implementation would be condensed so as to compensate for the slow start-up and ensure the main outputs are delivered in early 2014.

The midterm report had been completed, the final workshop was held in August 2014 and a draft final technical report has been submitted to the Municipal Government. Most TA activities are completed or on track to completion.

Regular review missions have been fielded.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Harbin Municipal Finance Bureau actively participated in TA preparation. Local university staff, and relevant provincial and municipal agencies were also consulted during preparation.
During Project Implementation The implementing agency has been actively engaged in implementation and refining activities to meet the need. The implementing agency emphasized that the project implementation would now be condensed so as to compensate for a slow start-up, and ensure the main outputs are delivered in early 2014.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will engage four national consultants for a total of 20 person-months and an international consultant for 4 person-months. The consultants will be responsible for producing the TA outputs and deliverables effectively and on time, consistent with the design and monitoring framework, and for organizing and carrying out all TA activities including surveys, field visits, training, and workshops. Consultants for the TA project will be individually engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Craig Sugden
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Harbin Municipal Government233 Youyi Road, Daoli District
Harbin, Heilongjing Province
China 150018
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Apr 2012
Fact Finding 11 Apr 2012 to 13 Apr 2012
MRM -
Approval 29 Jun 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2014

TA 8103-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jun 2012 06 Aug 2012 06 Aug 2012 31 Dec 2014 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 29 Jun 2012 302,358.64

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