Regional: Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program

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Project Name Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number 46134-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8148-REG: Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 8148-REG: Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Energy - Electricity transmission and distribution - Large hydropower generation

Industry and trade - Trade and services

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban) - Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome At the 11th Ministerial Conference, ministers of the 10 CAREC member countries--Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People's Republic of China (PRC), Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan endorsed the Wuhan Action Plan (Action Plan), which charts the next steps of the CAREC Program. The Action Plan was supported by representatives of the 6 CAREC multilateral institutions and other development partners. Since 2001 over $22 billion worth of CAREC related investments was made. Of this, $8.2 billion was financed by ADB, $9.8 billion by other donor organizations, and $4.4 billion from CAREC governments. Of these investments, transport has the biggest share with over $17.7 billion accounting for about 80%.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The 2013 Mid-year CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting discussed (i) key issues and progress made in implementing the CAREC Program in transport, trade facilitation, trade policy, and energy; (ii) updates on the Mid-Term Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan; and (iii) highlights of the Annual Report on CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM). Drafts of the 2012 CAREC Development Effectiveness Review and the CAREC Institute Work Plan 2013-2017 were also presented.

The 12th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2013 endorsed the refined CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020, which calls for a more integrated approach to improving transport and logistics infrastructure, and trade and transport facilitation. Ministers also endorsed the revised Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan 2013-2017, which calls for increased focus on nontariff measures and the removal of quantitative restrictions that are not World Trade Organization (WTO) compliant, to open trade and expand trade in services and thus bring about greater regional integration.

The CAREC RETA provided support to the following activities from April- September 2014:

13th CAREC Transport Sector Coordinating Committee, Bishkek, May 2014

CAREC Senior Officials Meeting, Manila, June 2014

18th CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee, Beijing, September 2014

Consultation Meeting of the National Focal Points, Issyk Kul, September 2014

At the 13th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic last November 2014, the ministers of the 10 CAREC member countries expressed support for the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative.The initiative--the first example of city-level cooperation in the CAREC region--will help coordinate urban development planning between Almaty and Bishkek, and will generate detailed studies to identify infrastructure requirements, policies, and market opportunities to better integrate their economies.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two cities to pilot an economic corridor.

The meeting, which carried the theme Linking Connectivity with Economic Transformation in CAREC, also addressed the physical establishment of the CAREC Institute in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, PRC.

The 2013 Mid-year CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting discussed (i) key issues and progress made in implementing the CAREC Program in transport, trade facilitation, trade policy, and energy; (ii) updates on the Mid-Term Review of the Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy and Implementation Action Plan; and (iii) highlights of the Annual Report on CAREC Corridor Performance Measurement and Monitoring (CPMM). Drafts of the 2012 CAREC Development Effectiveness Review and the CAREC Institute Work Plan 2013-2017 were also presented.

The 12th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2013 endorsed the refined CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020, which calls for a more integrated approach to improving transport and logistics infrastructure, and trade and transport facilitation. Ministers also endorsed the revised Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan 2013-2017, which calls for increased focus on nontariff measures and the removal of quantitative restrictions that are not World Trade Organization (WTO) compliant, to open trade and expand trade in services and thus bring about greater regional integration.

The CAREC RETA provided support to the following activities from April-September 2014:

13th CAREC Transport Sector Coordinating Committee, Bishkek, May 2014

CAREC Senior Officials Meeting, Manila, June 2014

18th CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee, Beijing, September 2014

Consultation Meeting of the National Focal Points, Issyk Kul, September 2014

At the 13th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic last November 2014, the ministers of the 10 CAREC member countries expressed support for the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative.The initiative--the first example of city-level cooperation in the CAREC region--will help coordinate urban development planning between Almaty and Bishkek, and will generate detailed studies to identify infrastructure requirements, policies, and market opportunities to better integrate their economies.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two cities to pilot an economic corridor.

The meeting, which carried the theme Linking Connectivity with Economic Transformation in CAREC, also made an ministerial announcement on the physical establishment of the CAREC Institute in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, PRC and approved the 10-member Governing Council for the CAREC Institute.

The TA provided support to the following activities

" 19th and 20th Energy Sector Coordinating Committee Meetings

" 14th Transport Sector Coordinating Committee Meeting and related workshops

The TA supported the conduct of the CAREC Senior Officials' Meeting held on 17 18 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. Senior government officials of the 10 CAREC countries and representatives from multilateral development partners:

" reviewed the operational progress in the CAREC Program's priority sectors;

" provided an update on the Almaty - Bishkek Corridor Initiative;

" presented the outcomes of the regional technical assistance, Promoting Cooperation in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures for CAREC, and discuss next steps to advance cooperation and reform;

" considered the proposal for a ministerial declaration on a strategy for road safety in CAREC transit corridors;

" endorsed the draft of the CAREC Institute's work program for 2015 - 2016; and

" discussed key deliverables for the 14th CAREC Ministerial Conference to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

On 24-25 August 2015, a consultation meeting of the CAREC National Focal Points was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The National focal points from the 10 CAREC member countries:

" discussed the progress of the Almaty - Bishkek Corridor Initiative;

" discussed the revised draft on promoting cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary measures for CAREC;

" updated progress on CAREC priority sectors: transport, energy, and trade facilitation;

" discussed the revised draft of the intergovernmental agreement establishing CAREC Institute as an international organization; and

" reviewed deliverables and prepare for the 14th Ministerial Conference in September 2015.

The meeting highlighted increasing infrastructure requirements for better connectivity in the region. Representatives from CAREC member countries strongly reaffirmed the program's importance in enabling investment mobilization.

The 20th CAREC Energy Sector Coordinating Committee (ESCC) Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-10 September 2015 discussed updates on the deliverables of the Energy Work Plan 2013-2015 and the current draft of the Energy Strategy and Work Plan 2016-2020. The meeting was attended by energy sector focal points of CAREC member countries, officials from energy ministries and agencies, and representatives from multilateral development partners.

The 14th CAREC Ministerial Conference held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on 25 September 2015 was attended by Ministers of the 10 CAREC member countries and discussed progress in the program's four priority areas: transport, trade facilitation, energy, and trade policy. ADB President Nakao made a keynote address and noted that in the current difficult global economic environment, CAREC countries should further strengthen regional cooperation and integration efforts. The meeting, which carried the theme Linking Connectivity with Economic Transformation in CAREC, also tackled the implementation of the Almaty-Bishkek Corridor Initiative, cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and endorsed a high-level commitment to road safety in CAREC.

Geographical Location Kyrgyz Republic,Mongolia,Pakistan,People's Republic of China,Kazakhstan,Afghanistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Azerbaijan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The CAREC Overall Institutional Framework (OIF) has guided the program effectively through a flexible and informal structure. National and regional CAREC bodies are in place and operational. Stakeholders increasingly expect ADB to step up its support to the OIF. In response to this expectation, at the 10th CAREC Ministerial Conference, ADB expressed its strong commitment to support the CAREC 2020 Strategy by providing financial, technical, and knowledge resources, and to assist in the coordination of the program.
During Project Implementation Over the first 10 years of the program, an annual calendar for regular meetings took shape and is anticipated to be maintained for the coming years. These regular meetings may be supplemented by ad hoc calls for extraordinary meetings as issues arise.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Equipment budgeted under the TA consists of computers and small office equipment that will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (201, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Hong Wang
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines

Timetable

Concept Clearance 09 Apr 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Mar 2016

TA 8148-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Aug 2012 - 30 Aug 2012 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,500,000.00 30 Aug 2012 4,818,544.06
Title Document Type Document Date
Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Jun 2014
Enhancing Coordination of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2012

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