Regional: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020

Sovereign Project | 46140-001

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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.

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Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020
Project Number 46140-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8301-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Health - Health system development

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description

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.

Impact Efficient and effective implementation of priority CAREC projects
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of CAREC countries to plan, manage, and implement projects and activities that contribute to the goals of CAREC 2020
Progress Toward Outcome The CAREC countries have reached broad agreement on the CI Work Plan for 2013-2017 after several rounds of consultations , and this was endorsed as part of the Wuhan Action Plan at the 11th MC.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Development and delivery of demand-driven learning programs on CAREC-related concerns at the strategic, policy, and sectoral levels on a sustainable basis
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Sector Coordinating Committees meetings are presently being held and are expected to flesh out the details and implementing modalities of the Work Plan activities in their respective sectors, in particular for capacity building (knowledge services) activities. For trade facilitation, various trainings have been conducted since early 2013. For trade policy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chairs the Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC). ADB collaborated with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in developing and delivering capacity development activities on trade policy in the second half of 2013. Details on these initiatives on trade facilitation and trade policy as well as plans for transport and energy were reported in the second half of 2013.

The TA also funded a workshop that aimed to examine the growth of global supply chains and their implications for policy development and strategies in CAREC countries.

A legal expert and an institutional expert were engaged to help in setting up the CAREC institute (CI). These consultancy assignments constitute a key component of ADB's overall support to CI within CAREC in improving capacity of the CAREC member countries.

A minor change in implementation arrangements was approved to include in the TA consultancy requirement the engagement of a results management specialist who will provide technical inputs and overall support in the preparation of CAREC's annual Development Effectiveness Review.

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 Conceptualization and formulation of the TA is based on the work of CAREC Institute Performance Assessment Review carried out in 2010, various sector and subregional workshops undertaken in 2011, as well as the recommendations received from last year's senior officials' meetings and the 10th Ministerial Conference. This two-year long consultation process included extensive discussions with government officials in all relevant ministries of the member countries, participants of the past capacity building initiatives, development partners, and other stakeholders in nongovernmental organizations. Most planned activiites under the TA will be further discussed and endorsed by the forthcoming senior officials' meetings and ministerial conferences.
During Project Implementation The TA will be monitored primarily by the various CAREC bodies and the CAREC Unit. Evaluation of the TA's outputs will be done through the periodic Performance Review of the CAREC Institute with the assistance of the CAREC National Focal Points in all member countries. The TA implementation will also be reviewed during the CAREC Senior Officials' Meetings, which are held at least twice each year.
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Consulting Services About 25 person-months of international and 15 person-months of national consultant inputs will be required to provide advisory and technical services under the TA. The consultants and resource persons will be specialists in the areas of transport, energy, trade facilitation, financial and economic analysis, and other fields related to implementation of CAREC 2020. As the TA will involve different activities consisting mostly of straightforward assignments, consultants and resource persons will be selected and engaged by ADB as individuals based on their qualifications and experience in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Workshops, conferences, or seminars will be held during TA implementation. All procurement of goods and other services under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.
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 Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 10 Apr 2012
Fact Finding 03 Jun 2012 to 08 Jun 2012
MRM -
Approval 17 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2015

TA 8301-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2012 - 17 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 17 Dec 2012 357,017.32

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