The goal of this umbrella regional technical assistance (RETA) is to promote regional economic cooperation in Central Asia. The RETA includes support for high-level policy and sector-related meetings among CAREC participating countries and their development partners. The RETA also supports the conduct of studies and other analyses on strategic issues, key themes, and current or potential priority areas. The RETA includes support for exploring new approaches or tools for results-based regional projects; securing feedback and support from larger constituencies for regional cooperation; and ensuring effective communications on regional cooperation with various stakeholders through the most relevant and cost effective channels of communications.
|Project Name||Greater Silk Road Initiative 2006|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management - Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The goal of this umbrella regional technical assistance (RETA) is to promote regional economic cooperation in Central Asia. The RETA includes support for high-level policy and sector-related meetings among CAREC participating countries and their development partners. The RETA also supports the conduct of studies and other analyses on strategic issues, key themes, and current or potential priority areas. The RETA includes support for exploring new approaches or tools for results-based regional projects; securing feedback and support from larger constituencies for regional cooperation; and ensuring effective communications on regional cooperation with various stakeholders through the most relevant and cost effective channels of communications.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The CAREC Member Countries Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (2005-2007), approved by ADB in 2004, included in the assistance pipeline for nonlending products and services the RETA for Greater Silk Road Initiative 2006.|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Subregional Central Asia|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||A total of 7 person months of international consultancy services are expected, for (i) assisting preparation of a Regional Country Strategy and Program Update for 2007-2009; (i) finalizing a comprehensive action plan for regional cooperation and development of performance indicators; (iii) strengthening the CAREC framework including assessment of needs for capacity building for regional coooperation, and support for capacity building initiatives such as workshops and study tours; (iv) assisting in planning, preparing for, facilitating, and conducting the CAREC ministerial conference and senior officials' meetings; (v) identifying and preparing concept papers for new regional projects covering participating and neighboring countries; (vi) promoting participation in the CAREC program by the private sector, academics, NGOs, and other stakeholders; (vii) performing analytical studies on regional cooperation related to priority sectors of transport, energy, trade facilitation, and trade policy, as required; (viii) participating in consultations with participating countries and development parties, as required, on particular issues related to the CAREC program; (ix) helping identify and assess possible areas of focus in the CAREC program; and (x) providing other technical, administrative, and coordinating support, as required. In addition, 76 person-months of domestic consultancy are required. Domestic consultants are expected to have skills and experience in the following areas: (i) excellent writing and speaking skills in English language; (ii) proven ability to undertake background research and analysis; (iii) good computer skills including PowerPoint and graphics software; and (iv) good knowledge of Central Asia. All consultants will be recruited by ADB according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Kruger, David J.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||09 Mar 2004|
|Fact Finding||10 Mar 2004 to 24 Mar 2004|
|Approval||24 Nov 2005|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||28 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||22 Feb 2008|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Nov 2005||-||24 Nov 2005||31 Mar 2007||30 Jun 2007||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|985,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||985,000.00||24 Nov 2005||935,981.29|
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