The proposed regional policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) will build on earlier regional TA providing coordination support to the GMS program to help member countries strengthen their regional cooperation and integration. The TA has been developed in consultation with GMS national secretariats in all countries, which coordinate public and private sector as well as civil society participation in the GMS program in their respective countries.
|Project Name||Strengthening the Coordination of the GMS Program|
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||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The proposed regional policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) will build on earlier regional TA providing coordination support to the GMS program to help member countries strengthen their regional cooperation and integration. The TA has been developed in consultation with GMS national secretariats in all countries, which coordinate public and private sector as well as civil society participation in the GMS program in their respective countries.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The GMS countries have called upon ADB to provide further support to strengthen cooperation and coordination of its various programs and activities, as well as to help address other issues and requirements emanating from the emerging challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation. The GMS governments have subsequently indicated their concurrence with the TAs intended impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, financing arrangements, and terms of reference when its concept paper was circulated at the GMS Senior Officials Meeting held in Ha Noi, Viet Nam on 27 January 2010.|
|Impact||Strengthened regional cooperation and integration in the GMS|
|Description of Outcome||Improved coordination among GMS stakeholders, including between (i) GMS sector working groups, forums, and national secretariats; (ii) national and subregional projects within each country; and (iii) ADB and other development partners involved in the subregion.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The TA helped improve coordination among GMS stakeholders by supporting the organization and the conduct of major GMS events, numerous GMS sector working group meetings and sector ministers meetings (e.g. agriculture, energy, environment, tourism, transport, transport and trade facilitation, human resource development, and urban development) and the core operations of the GMS Secretariat. Moreover, Secretariat coordination specialists have been hired in some GMS countries to help coordinate with national agencies and other stakeholders, especially the GMS National Secretariats in these countries. There has been increased cross-participation/sharing of information and ideas among the various GMS sector working groups, forums and development partners roundtables.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
New GMS 10-year strategic framework (2012-2022), including possible linkages with other regional cooperation initiatives
GMS working groups, corridor development forums, and other high-level meetings promote the planned and prepared multisector approach.
Increased capacity of GMS national secretariats
New and emerging information and knowledge products for GMS prepared and disseminated
Structured information exchange and dialogue between ADB and other development partners, including the private sector
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The TA supported the organization and the conduct of major GMS events since the TA was approved in July 2010. These include: the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th GMS Ministerial Conference held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2011, Nanning PRC in December 2012, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR in 2013 and Nay Pyi Taw September 2015, respectively; the Mekong Development Forum held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2010; minister-level Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth GMS Economic Corridor Fora held in Vientiane in June 2011, Mandalay in June 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2013, Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2014, in Kunming, PRC in June 2015, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2016, respectively; the 5th GMS Summit held in Thailand in December 2014 and the 4th GMS Summit held in Myanmar in December 2011; the 20th GMS Anniversary celebration held in Manila, Philippines in Sept 2012; and the Business Opportunities Forum held in Thailand on 8 August 2013. In December 2014, the GMS Investment Forum, GMS Business Forum, the Second Youth Forum and Development Partners Meeting were held in conjunction with the 5th GMS Summit.
The TA also supported the conduct of (i) regular GMS Senior Officials Meetings (that are also serving as Task Force for preparation of deliverables for the Ministerial Conference and Summit), (ii) Sector Working Group meetings, and (iii) consultations and roundtable discussions with development partners (held either as stand-alone events or as side-events to the GMS Ministerial Conferences) to improve coordination of cooperation programs at the regional and country levels and the implementation of the GMS list of high priority projects in the GMS Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (2014-2018).
A new GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 which emphasized strengthening cross-sector linkages was also developed under the TA. The GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 along with new sector strategies for agriculture, environment and tourism were endorsed during the 4th GMS Summit held in 2011.
Furthermore, the TA supported the preparation of key knowledge products including the GMS Development Partners Assistance Matrix, the GMS Statistics Database (first and second editions, and online database), the RIF-IP Progress Reports for periods ending June 2015, December 2015, and June 2016, and the maintenance of the web-based GMS Projects Database.
The TA has facilitated policy dialogue on outcomes of sector assessments under the new Regional Investment Framework for the GMS program and supported ADB's responsiveness to the changing international context of Myanmar, a member of the GMS cooperation program, through policy dialogue and analysis.
In 2016, the TA has also supported a study to strengthen the institutional structure of the GMS Program, and a study on GMS corridor configuration. The studies will be presented at the 21st GMS Ministerial Conference in December 2016.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||The Senior Officials of the GMS countries have continuously been consulted and engaged in the planning/preparation of the TA outputs, e.g. the various GMS meetings and events such as the Summit, Ministerial Meetings, and Economic Corridor Forums. Development partners and the private sector have also been consulted on a regular basis, especially for the Development Partner's Meetings, and the Business Opportunities/Investment Forum. The GMS Ministers, in their Joint Ministerial Statement for the 20th GMS Ministerial Conference, welcomed the news that ADB extended the technical assistance for secretariat, advisory and overall coordination support to the GMS Program through 2018 and expressed their appreciation for ADB's enduring commitment to advancing GMS Cooperation and development.|
The original technical assistance (TA) required 27 person-months of international consulting services and 117 person-months of national consulting services. From April 2012 to April 2014, five minor changes in scope and/or increases in TA amount were approved that provided total additional consultancy inputs of 52.5 person-months of international consulting services and 300 person-months of national consulting services.
The increase in TA amount, which was approved in 2015, provides for the engagement of 32 person-months of international consulting services and 175 person-months of national consulting services. The contracts of core coordination consultants have been extended to continue to support GMS meetings and working groups, implementation and monitoring of the Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan, and the capacity of GMS national secretariats until April 2018. New consultants were hired, including issues experts and resource persons, for the preparation of the GMS projects database and website, the various GMS studies, and for the ongoing midterm review of the GMS Strategic Framework.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Nguyen, Cuong Minh|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Pradeep Srivastava
Asian Development Bank, 6 ADV Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
|Concept Clearance||23 Feb 2010|
|Fact Finding||11 Mar 2006 to 25 Mar 2006|
|Approval||15 Jul 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||07 Jan 2011|
|Last PDS Update||03 Oct 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|15 Jul 2010||-||15 Jul 2010||31 Dec 2011||30 Apr 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|5,450,000.00||500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||5,950,000.00||15 Jul 2010||5,298,752.37|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening the Coordination of the Greater Mekong Subregion Program: Major Change in Technical Assistance||TA Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements||Jun 2015|
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