Regional : Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)

Sovereign Project | 40380-012

The BIMSTEC Working Group meeting held on 25 March 2011 requested ADB assistance in enhancing BIMSTEC institutional arrangements through convening the sector committee on transport and meetings of expert groups. The sector committee can help with overall transport sector coordination. The five expert groups will coordinate, monitor, and review progress with project implementation in their sector, and report on implementation progress to the sector committee. This can help strengthen the coordination of projects and activities under the BIMSTEC Transport Cooperation Agenda, including the action plan and implementation program. To expedite the process, the BIMSTEC countries nominated members for the five expert groups in May 2011.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Li, Dongxiang
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)
Project Number
40380-012
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8009-REG: Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 8009-REG: Support for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation II (BIMSTEC II) (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

  • Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender
No gender elements
Description

The BIMSTEC Working Group meeting held on 25 March 2011 requested ADB assistance in enhancing BIMSTEC institutional arrangements through convening the sector committee on transport and meetings of expert groups. The sector committee can help with overall transport sector coordination. The five expert groups will coordinate, monitor, and review progress with project implementation in their sector, and report on implementation progress to the sector committee. This can help strengthen the coordination of projects and activities under the BIMSTEC Transport Cooperation Agenda, including the action plan and implementation program. To expedite the process, the BIMSTEC countries nominated members for the five expert groups in May 2011.

The TA aims to strengthen the BIMSTEC institutional mechanism, including (i) the BIMSTEC Secretariat, and (ii) the sector committee on transport and the expert groups. The TA is consistent with ADB's Strategy 2020 and Regional Cooperation and Integration Strategy (pillar on Regional and Subregional Cooperation Programs, and pillar on Trade and Investment Cooperation and Integration). The TA is included in the pipeline of the regional cooperation operations business plan for South Asia, 20122014.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
At the request of the BIMSTEC countries, ADB helped prepare the BTILS report. The report included specific recommendations for strengthening the institutional structure of BIMSTEC to expedite regional cooperation in transport and trade facilitation. The 12th Ministerial Meeting in December 2009 endorsed these recommendations, which include establishing (i) a ministerial conference of relevant transport ministries for policy coordination and decision-making; (ii) a sector committee on transport and logistics at the secretary or permanent secretary level; and (iii) five expert groups for subsector technical discussions and project implementation, preferably at the director general or joint secretary level. These expert groups include road development, railways, maritime transport, aviation, and transport facilitation and logistics.
Impact

Enhanced regional cooperation and integration

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Enhanced capacity of BIMSTEC institutions

Progress Toward Outcome

Completed the updating and enhancement of the BIMSTEC Transport Infrastructure and Logistic Study. The updated study is expected to be submitted for endorsement to higher BIMSTEC bodies.

The 15th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting held in Kathmandu on 11 August 2017 approved the final report of the Study. The Final Report of the Study was published in July 2018.

On 15-16 February 2016, BIMSTEC officials went on a study tour to the UNESCAP Secretariat.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

1) Strengthened BIMSTEC Regional Bodies

2) Strengthened BIMSTEC Secretariat

BIMSTEC Website

Research Papers

Exchange visits for capacity building

BIMSTEC transport infrastructure financing conference conducted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Updated the BIMSTEC Website.

Provided assistance in the holding of the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit in Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar.

Working with the BIMSTEC Secretariat on future activities.

BTILS Updating and executive summary ready for publication.

Closely coordinating with the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka to determine assistance required.

Updating of status of projects in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal was carried out.

In 2015, the RETA supported the finalization of the Motor Vehicles Agreement among India, Myanmar, Thailand. This was one of the recommendations of the BTILS.

In February 2016, the RETA supported training for officials of the BIMSTEC Secretariat on indexing, documentation, and other related tasks at the UNESCAP Headquarters in Bangkok.

The Inception Meeting of the BIMSTEC Transport Connectivity Working Group was held on 30-31 August 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 2nd Meeting of the BTCWG was held on 13-14 November 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The RETA is providing assistance to the BIMSTEC Secretariat in drafting the BIMSTEC Transport Connectivity Masterplan. The workshop to discuss the draft will be held in Bangkok on 17-18 September 2018.

The draft BIMSTEC Transport Master Plan is being finalized.

The TA closed on 31 December 2018. Financial closing has been requested.

Target TA Completion Report is Q3 2019.

Geographical Location
Regional

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The 13th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting in January 2011 endorsed the establishment of the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The secretariat will play a critical role in facilitating regional cooperation in BIMSTEC countries, especially in the areas of cross-border connectivity and trade.
During Project Implementation
The BIMSTEC Working Group, together with the BIMSTEC Secretariat will be the focal agencies for BIMSTEC countries.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The TA will finance 12 person-months of international consulting services and a total of 36 person-monhs of national consulting services. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement
Procurement of equipment, if any, will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Li, Dongxiang
Responsible ADB Department
South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
21 Nov 2011
Fact Finding
24 Oct 2011 to 28 Oct 2011
MRM
-
Approval
14 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
21 Mar 2019

Funding

TA 8009-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2011 - 14 Dec 2011 31 Jul 2013 31 Dec 2018 01 Mar 2019
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 1,398,912.08

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Transport Planning Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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