The RETA will involve a study on the North South Economic Corridor (NSEC) development from a multi-sectoral perspective, reviewing spatial development options, and addressing practical infrastructure, human resource, policy, regulatory and institutional barriers to trade, investment, and the movement of goods and people. The study will explore opportunities (one-stop border trade facilities, border town development twinning arrangements, sharing social and physical infrastructure, cross-border production networks, etc) to promote across border trade and investment. This study will also promote private sector participation in development of the corridor and partnership between the private and public sector. increase investment returns using existing transport modes (roads, water, air, and rail). The study should draw on practical international experiences, including initial lessons from other GMS initiatives.
|Project Name||Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North-South Economic Corridor)|
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Description||The RETA will involve a study on the North South Economic Corridor (NSEC) development from a multi-sectoral perspective, reviewing spatial development options, and addressing practical infrastructure, human resource, policy, regulatory and institutional barriers to trade, investment, and the movement of goods and people. The study will explore opportunities (one-stop border trade facilities, border town development twinning arrangements, sharing social and physical infrastructure, cross-border production networks, etc) to promote across border trade and investment. This study will also promote private sector participation in development of the corridor and partnership between the private and public sector. increase investment returns using existing transport modes (roads, water, air, and rail). The study should draw on practical international experiences, including initial lessons from other GMS initiatives.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The development of NSEC directly supports the GMS RCSP's key strategies of strengthening connectivity, enhancing competitiveness, and sharing greater sense of community in the subregion.|
Reduced poverty and improved living standards, resulting from increased trade and investment, for
people in the GMS North South Economic Corridor (NSEC).
|Description of Outcome||Increased intra- and cross-subregion trade and inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) to the corridor.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Issues identified based on sound analysis of the major constraints faced by the NSEC in economic integration.
Development of an institutional network on policy research, monitoring, and investment promotion
to enhance interface between policy makers and private investors, and between entrepreneurs and financiers, in the areas of trade facilitation and investments
A development strategy to promote private investment, especially FDI, into the corridor, including
an indicative list of priority sectors and major potential projects for both public and private
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
National Workshops on the Trade Flows and Logistics Studies were held in Beijing and Chiang Rai on 16-20 April 2007 and another National Workshop was held on 3-4 May 2007. The outcomes of these Workshops were subsequently discussed during the Regional Worskhop on 14-15 May 2007 in Bangkok The Logistics Development Study on the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC) was completed and stock taking exercises of various initiatives related to the development of the NSEC to be used as inputs for the formulation of the overall development strategy of the NSEC have been initiated.
A major change in scope was approved on 7 July 2008 to cover the inclusion of the following activities: (i) conducting supporting studies on economic corridors; (ii) formulating updated strategies and action plans for the EWEC and SEC; (iii) assisting the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum (ECF) and recommending ways to make the ECF complementary to and supportive of existing GMS institutional mechanisms; and (iv) supporting the holding of ECF meetings and other related events. To enable the implementation of the additional activities the completion date was extended by 27 months from September 2008 to December 2010.
The TA completion date was extended for a total of 39 months until 31 December 2010 to accommodate the implementation of new activities (i.e., expansion of country coverage, additional activities to include not only the North-South Economic Corridor, but also the East-West Economic Corridor, and the Southern Economic Corridor, and the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum) as a result of a major change in scope approved on 7 July 2008.
The GMS Second Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-2) was held on September 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which directed efforts toward speeding up and enhancing the effectiveness of implementation of the CBTA and other transport and trade facilitation measures, particularly through the strengthening of the supporting institutional arrangements in individual countries, and of the subregional institutions for the purpose, as well as toward the close and active participation of all stakeholders, particularly the private sector and local authorities, in economic corridor development.
As a follow up to the second ECF, corridor-specific symposia were organized for the Southern and North South Economic Corridors, in Phnom Penh and Kunming respectively in 2011, whose recommendations were then endorsed by the third Economic Corridor Forum in Vientiane in June 2011.
Financial closure is in progress.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||A total of 62 months of consultant services will be required comprising 12 months of international consultants' services involving intermittent inputs by 2 individual consultants (Team Leader / Regional Development Planner (7 months) and International Development Planner/Trade and Business Economist (5 months)) and a total of 50 months of domestic consultant services. The country studies that underpin this study will be undertaken by domestic consultants with technical advice from the international consultants.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Srivastava, Pradeep|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||10 Mar 2005|
|Fact Finding||18 Sep 2005 to 22 Sep 2005|
|Approval||20 Mar 2006|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||22 Feb 2006|
|Last PDS Update||01 Oct 2012|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|20 Mar 2006||-||20 Mar 2006||30 Sep 2007||30 Jun 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|400,000.00||800,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,200,000.00||20 Mar 2006||1,148,504.93|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North South Economic Corridor)||TA Completion Reports||Jan 2013|
|Development Study of GMS Economic Corridors (Formerly Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North South Economic Corridor)||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Jul 2008|
|Greater Mekong Subregion: Development Study of the North South Economic Corridor||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2006|
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