|Sector / Subsector
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
- Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
- Energy sector development and institutional reform
- Health system development
Industry and trade
- Industry and trade sector development
Public sector management
- Economic affairs management
- Transport policies and institutional development
CAREC 2020 calls for stronger commitments by member governments to fully mainstream regional cooperation into their development strategies. The Medium-Term Priority Project List (MTPPL) is intended to put into action the operational priorities needed to achieve strategic objectives of CAREC 2020. Projects to be included in the MTPPL must be reflected in the respective member country's national development plan. The TA will help meet sector capacity development needs of member countries in implementing CAREC 2020 and hence support planning and implementation of their national development plans as well.
The TA is a continuation of ADB's firm commitment to support the CAREC program through capacity building initiatives and will complement the earlier and ongoing TAs including (i) TA 6158-REG: Capacity Building for Regional Cooperation in Central Asia (2004-2008, $950,000); (ii) TA 6409-REG: Strengthening Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation, 2007-2012 (2007 - present, $9,750,000); and (iii) TA 6488-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute, 2009-2012 (2009 - present, $5,200,000).
The CAREC program has followed a phased approach, moving from consensus building and institutional assessments to formulation of sector strategies and action plans, and on to identification and implementation of investment projects as highlighted in CAREC 2020. Previous TAs mainly supported institutional arrangement of the CAREC program and professional development in close coordination with the CAREC program. The TA will focus on addressing member countries' specific capacity development needs to implement CAREC 2020 and achieve tangible results on the ground.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Capacity building has always been one of the key elements in promoting regional cooperation under the CAREC Program.
In this regard, the CAREC Institute was established in 2007 to (i) enhance the capabilities of CAREC government officials to engage in regional cooperation processes, and improve their capacities to plan and implement regional cooperation projects, and (ii) apply new solutions and best practices based on empirical research to regional challenges and cooperative processes, and build up policy analysis capabilities in the region.
A CAREC Institute Performance Assessment Review (CIPAR) was conducted in 2010. The CIPAR confirmed the progress that the CAREC Institute made so far in achieving its objectives and made a number of interim recommendations in going forward, which were endorsed by the 9th CAREC Ministerial Conference in Cebu in 2010. For capacity building component, the CIPAR recommendations included among others more focus on areas of sector-specific interest and substantive involvement of the sector coordinating committees in the design of training program.
Furthermore, CAREC 2020 places strong emphasis on project implementation and achieving results on the ground as the CAREC program enters into its new phase of cooperation in the next decade. To this effect, the MTPPL that accompanies the CAREC 2020 will be updated every year. For projects to be included in the MTPPL, they must have a well-developed concept, supported by a concrete financing and implementation plan. Therefore, in order to successfully implement CAREC 2020 as well as the MTPPL, project and sector-related capacity of CAREC countries in the priority sectors of cooperation should be further strengthened. More specifically, this should cover, among others (i) program and project development , planning, and analysis from a regional perspective, (ii) project management and implementation, and (iii) results monitoring. This regional technical assistance is designed to strengthen focus of the CAREC Institute's capacity building initiatives to be more in line with the new requirements of CAREC 2020.