Regional : Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program

Sovereign Project | 38075-012

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Srivastava, Pradeep
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name
Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program
Project Number
38075-012
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6262-REG: Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.50 million
TA 6262-REG: Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 450,000.00
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 6262-REG: Enhancing the Development Effectiveness of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program (2nd Supplementary)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 450,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Industry and trade / Trade and services

Gender
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.

Impact

The intended impact of the TA is to sustain and accelerate the realization of benefits

from subregional projects and initiatives.

Project Outcome

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

Implementation Progress

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.

Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

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.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Srivastava, Pradeep
Responsible ADB Department
Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Regional Cooparation and Integration, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
26 Mar 2004
Fact Finding
10 Mar 2004 to 24 Mar 2004
MRM
-
Approval
11 Oct 2005
Last Review Mission
-
PDS Creation Date
22 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update
23 Dec 2011

Funding

TA 6262-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Oct 2005 - 11 Oct 2005 31 Jan 2008 31 Dec 2010 30 Jun 2012
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,400,000.00 500,000.00 625,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,525,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 3,862,495.79

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