Regional: Enhancing Engagement with Pacific Developing Member Countries, Phase 2

Sovereign Project | 46221-001

Summary

The regional capacity development TA, originally for $2,016,000 financed on a grant basis from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and administered by ADB, was approved on 31 May 2012. In addition to maintaining the objectives of the previous TA, the TA supports (i) ADB development coordination offices (DCOs) role in facilitating the governments' policy dialogue with development partners, and (ii) strengthening the governments' capacity to implement and administer a growing portfolio of infrastructure projects.

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Project Name Enhancing Engagement with Pacific Developing Member Countries, Phase 2
Project Number 46221-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8088-REG: Enhancing Engagement with Pacific Developing Member Countries, Phase 2 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
TA 8088-REG: Enhancing Engagement with Pacific Developing Member Countries, Phase 2 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 374,969.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public administration
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The regional capacity development TA, originally for $2,016,000 financed on a grant basis from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and administered by ADB, was approved on 31 May 2012. In addition to maintaining the objectives of the previous TA, the TA supports (i) ADB development coordination offices (DCOs) role in facilitating the governments' policy dialogue with development partners, and (ii) strengthening the governments' capacity to implement and administer a growing portfolio of infrastructure projects.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

1. The proposed technical assistance (TA) will support ADB's Pacific Approach 2010-2014. It will generate economic growth and development, and reduce poverty, through improved development effectiveness.

2. It will support ADB development coordination offices (DCOs) in the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

3. The Government of Australia will finance on a grant basis the total cost of the TA, which is estimated at $2,016,000.

Impact Enhanced implementation of national plans in each of the five Pacific DMCs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved ADB portfolio management and aid coordination in each of the five Pacific DMCs.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. DCOs in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, FSM, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu support governments in national plan implementation and aid coordination

2. Midterm and final TA reviews

1. DCOs in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, FSM, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu support governments in national plan implementation and aid coordination

2. High quality advice on infrastructure project design and implementation in Solomon Islands (and in Nauru and Vanuatu, subject to available capacity).

3. TA implemented within budget.

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

1. Country focal officers for the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Republic of Marshall islands DCOs; administrative assistants for Cook Islands, Kiribati, and Solomon Islands DCOs, and; an infrastructure specialist based in Solomon Islands, are all in place.

2. Dedicated development coordination office premises with office equipment, furniture, and supplies are in place.

3. A midterm review of the DCOs was conducted from March to July 2014. The original objectives of the DCO as articulated in TA 6475, updated in TA 8088 were to: (i) enhance the relationship between ADB and the participating governments; (ii) improve development partner coordination, and (iii) improve country portfolio performance; (iv) support the DCOs' role in facilitating the governments' policy dialogue with development partners, and (v) strengthen the governments' capacity to implement and administer a growing portfolio of infrastructure projects. In general, this review has concluded that all five objectives have been met.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

ADB counterpart officers in ministries of finance in each of the relevant Pacific DMC governments have been consulted and support the proposed TA. A no-objection letter will be sought and obtained from the governments of the Cook Islands, FSM, Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu prior to the commencement of the TA in these countries.

Drawing on the lessons of the previous TA 6475, PARD supervising officers will reinforce with governments and development partners the role and decision-making authority of the development coordination officers. The development coordination officers engage with development partners to ensure that missions are scheduled appropriately. To ensure the reporting lines between the DCOs, the governments, and ADB's SPSO, PLCO, and PARD headquarters are clear, terms of reference for the country focal officers will establish appropriate reporting responsibilities.

During Project Implementation During the midterm review of the DCOs in March and July 2014 stakeholders provided feedback on DCOs. Member country governments of the countries visited during the review have expressed uniformly positive feedback on the establishment of the DCOs. No government stakeholders met, across the countries visited, provided negative feedback on the DCOs; although some suggestions for improvement were offered. Stakeholder's articulated a clear improvement from the pre-DCO establishment relationship with ADB, and the WB where appropriate.
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Consulting Services The TA is expected to commence on 1 July 2012 and be completed by 30 June 2014. Implementation of activities will require an estimated 24 person-months of international consulting services for the country focal officer in Solomon Islands; 24 person-months of international consulting services for the infrastructure specialist in Solomon Islands; 72 person-months of national consulting services for country focal officers in the Cook Islands, FSM, and Vanuatu; and 120 person-months of national consulting services for administrative assistants in each of the DCOs. The successful applicants for these positions will be recruited as individual consultants in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (April 2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Office equipment and utilities will also be financed under the TA. Procurement of equipment will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (April 2010, as amended from time to time). The equipment will be handed over to the official contact points of the host governments on TA completion.
Responsible ADB Officer Paul William Curry
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Mar 2012
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 31 May 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Mar 2015

TA 8088-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 May 2012 - 31 May 2012 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
574,969.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 574,969.00 31 May 2012 1,750,640.45

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