The overall goal of the RETA is to enhance and focus cooperation among the GMS countries toward achieving key results that will bring them closer to their shared vision of growth, equity, and prosperity in the subregion. Its purposes are to (i) strengthen the results-orientation of the GMS Program and achieve greater focus in its activities; (ii) build capacity for managing for development results into the GMS institutional framework; and (iii) strengthen development partnerships and private sector participation in the GMS Program.
|Project Name||Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program|
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Regional integration
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Industry and trade / Trade and services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The overall goal of the RETA is to enhance and focus cooperation among the GMS countries toward achieving key results that will bring them closer to their shared vision of growth, equity, and prosperity in the subregion. Its purposes are to (i) strengthen the results-orientation of the GMS Program and achieve greater focus in its activities; (ii) build capacity for managing for development results into the GMS institutional framework; and (iii) strengthen development partnerships and private sector participation in the GMS Program.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||In order to develop sectoral programs in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, environment, and toursism for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and to ensure program financing from a large number of donors, an annual sector meeting is envisaged based on full documentation of sector strategy, programs, and projects.|
The intended impact of the TA is to sustain and accelerate the realization of benefits
from subregional projects and initiatives.
|Description of Outcome||
The envisaged outcome of the TA is an improvement in the results orientation of the GMS Program through a strengthening of results management in its institutions and mechanisms and timely provision of assistance in terms of resources and
knowledge inputs for the expanding regional cooperation and integration initiative
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Initiatives of development partners to support the GMS Program mobilized and coordinated effectively
Coordination capacity of the GMS national secretariats enhanced
Work programs of GMS Program institutional structures focused on a clear and manageable set of priorities.
GMS Program capacity for rapid assessment and timely response to emerging and unforeseeable subregional developments and issues strengthened
Sectors projects with greatest potential for private sector investment identified and major constraints to such investment identified and approaches to addressing them proposed
Establishment of a formal and quantitative impact evaluation and monitoring framework for the GMS Program
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The Midterm Review of the Ten-Year (2002-2012) GMS Strategic Framework (MTR) was endorsed by the 14th GMS Ministerial Conference (19-21 June 2007, ADB Headquarters, Manila).
Meanwhile, the Third GMS Summit of Leaders of the six GMS countries met in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 30-31 March 2008 to discuss the progress and chart future directions in GMS cooperation. The triennial meeting, had as its theme _Enhancing Competitiveness Through Greater Connectivity_.
A minor change in scope of the TA 6262 to include the additional activities with a corresponding budget increase by $450,000 equivalent and financed from the Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund was approved by VPO2 on 3 April 2009.
The 15th GMS Ministerial Conference, which was held in Cha-am, Petchburi Province, Thailand in June 2009, endorsed the following strategies and action plans that will guide GMS cooperation in the next several years, and facilitate a more results-focused implementation of key endeavors: (i) the new GMS HRD Strategic Framework and Action Plan for 2009-2012; (ii) the Road Map for Expanded GMS Energy Cooperation; (iii) the Strategy and Action Plan for the North-South Economic Corridor; (iv) the updated Strategy and Action Plan for the East-West Economic Corridor; and (v) a proposal for reorientation of the Work Program for GMS Investment Cooperation.
To promote private sector investment in regional cooperation, the Subregional Investment Working Group was revived after a gap of five years in December 2010, meeting in Vientiane.
Financial closure of TA is in progress. The TA Completion Report is under preparation.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The RETA will finance about 170 person months of consultancy services, 60 of which are from international consultants and 110 from domestic consultants. A core group of consultants will provide advisory, technical and administrative support services to assist in the overall management of the GMS. In addition, consultants for specific requirements, e.g., private sector development, sector-specific issues, development management, strategic planning, publications/communications, shall be engaged. The consultants are all individual consultants. They will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Srivastava, Pradeep|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
|Concept Clearance||26 Mar 2004|
|Fact Finding||10 Mar 2004 to 24 Mar 2004|
|Approval||11 Oct 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||22 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||23 Dec 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Oct 2005||-||11 Oct 2005||31 Jan 2008||31 Dec 2010||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|4,350,000.00||500,000.00||625,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,475,000.00||11 Oct 2005||3,862,495.79|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program||TA Completion Reports||Aug 2012|
|Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program and Supplementary Grant from the Technical Assistance Special Fund and the People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Sep 2007|
|Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Cooperation Program||Technical Assistance Reports||Sep 2005|
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