The RETA will support strengthened regional cooperation in aSEA playing a greater role in the development of the region. It will accelerate the implementation of the existing roadmaps through capacity development, and provide for impact and results monitoring.
|Project Name||Institutional Development for Enhanced Subregional Cooperation in the aSEA Region|
|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 - Decentralization - Economic affairs management - Law and judiciary - Public expenditure and fiscal management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The RETA will support strengthened regional cooperation in aSEA playing a greater role in the development of the region. It will accelerate the implementation of the existing roadmaps through capacity development, and provide for impact and results monitoring.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||The impact of the RETA will be to strengthen regional cooperation in development activities within aSEA.|
|Description of Outcome||Strengthened institutional environment for more effective regional cooperation in the aSEA region.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
ADB continues to foster regional cooperation and integration initiatives in line with ADBs long term strategic framework (Strategy 2020) via this TA by providing assistance to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-
Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the Indonesia- Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) at the strategic, operational, and administrative levels.
At the strategic level, as the Regional Development Advisor for both BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT, ADB has assisted in the preparation of separate Roadmaps for Development which charted a strategic course for accelerating the economic development of member countries, focused on neighboring states and provinces of the subregional groupings. The ADB has also prepared separate Implementation Blueprints (IBs) that will guide cooperation over the 5-year period 2012-2016. The IBs were formally endorsed by the Leaders at the 8th BIMP-EAGA Summit and 6th IMT-GT Summit on 4 April 2012. In addition, ADB assisted in the preparation of Project Manuals for both subregional programs, to identify, prepare, implement and monitor priority projects, and new activities that support ASEAN connectivity. These Project Manuals were launched at the 10th BIMP-EAGA Summit and 8th IMT-GT Summit on 11 May 2014. Furthermore, related capacity building training programs for the countries on how to best utilize the Project Manuals have been organized by ADB in May 2014.
At the operational level, ADB has strong and close involvement in the BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT business groups, working groups, clusters and other subregional mechanisms to help implement the IBs, and promote convergence in the following areas: (i) transport connectivity and economic corridor development, (ii) trade facilitation, (iii) environmental management, (iv) energy sector development, (v) private sector development, (vi) institutional strengthening and capacity building, (vii) policy dialogue; and (viii) project identification and development. ADB participates in the meetings of the National Secretariats, the Senior Officials, the Ministers, and in the annual Summits.
The TA has helped formulate tailored development strategies for both subregions and is now focusing more on helping both subregional groupings strengthen their respective institutional environments for more effective regional cooperation in the aSEA region, including by improving the implementation of agreed strategies and priority infrastructure projects (PIPs) in BIMP-EAGA and priority connectivity projects (PCPs) in IMT-GT. The TA also significantly contributed in the implementation of key BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT priority subregional programs.
|Description of Project Outputs||
Database with relevant baseline information on aSEA that will enable evaluation of (sub-) regional programs' impact
Capacities for regional development cooperation strengthened, including those of BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center, Center for IMT-GT Regional Cooperation, clusters, business councils, and LGUs.
Capacity provided for rapid reviews and studies, including policy, strategy, and sector analyses of emerging subregional developments and issues.
Stakeholder participation increased in information exchange and lessons sharing, and information effectively disseminated.
aSEA's PDP, RBME, and resulting subprograms developed and implemented
Resource mobilization promoted by improving private sector participation in development, and coordination with development partners facilitated.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Both the BIMP-EAGA Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs) and IMT-GT Priority Connectivity projects (PCPs), included in the IBs, are viewed as critical building blocks and test-beds for achieving the goal of an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. The challenge has been how to start implementing some of these projects to begin showing visible results, by overcoming problems related to project readiness, project management, and in-country coordination.
The TA prepared the BIMP-EAGA Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016 endorsed by the Leaders at the 8th BIMP-EAGA Summit on 4 April 2012.
ADB also assisted in the preparation of a Project Manual launched at 10th BIMP-EAGA Summit on 11 May 2014. A training program on Project management has been organized by ADB in May 2014 for the capacity-building of BIMP-EAGA stakeholders.
ADB assisted in the review of the implementation of the land transport Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and supported a study on EAGA's maritime transport connectivity.
The TA also supported a scoping study for a power project interconnecting Borneo and Mindanao was also prepared by ADB and finalized in November 2014.
In the environment sector, ADB is currently finalizing a report on the assessment of EAGA's vulnerabilities to climate change. Also, linkages with the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) and the Heart of Borneo (HOB) programs is being explored.
ADB also prepared a statistical leaflet in close consultation with the statistics agencies and NS, which was launched at the 18th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting on 19 November 2014. ADB plans to continue its assistance in the development of a sustainable statistical database for BIMP-EAGA.
The TA has been providing support to IMT-GT in the key areas of institutional strengthening and capacity building, policy dialogue and knowledge management to forge subregional-national synergies.
The TA provided support for the development of the Implementation Blueprint 2012-2016. The IB was endorsed by the Leaders at the 6th IMT-GT Summit on 4 April 2012. ADB is currently finalizing the Mid-term Review of the IB by December 2014, as requested by the countries.
The TA also prepared a Project Manual for IMT-GT which serves as a guide for project planning and implementation and which was launched at the 8th IMT-GT Summit on 11 May 2014. In relation to this, enhancing capacities of IMT-GT stakeholders in project design and implementation has been provided through a training program organized by ADB in May 2014.
For the Special Border Economic Zones (SBEZ) of Thailand and Malaysia, ADB assisted in the conduct of a scoping study to identify feasible SBEZs that would ensure synergies, complementarities and attract investment in the border of the two countries. Border visits were conducted and a SBEZ Technical Task Force Meeting was held on 23 April 2014 in Melaka, Malaysia to discuss the recommendations of the study.
The TA supported a scoping study for Melaka under the Green Cities Initiative that identified and prioritized projects to realize the green city status and develop program for knowledge exchange platform where the cities can learn from each other. A knowledge workshop on the Green City Action Plan for Melaka was held on 22-23 April 2014 in Malaysia to launch the plan, which was adopted by the State Government. The scoping study for Songkla has been undertaken in 2014
A significant contribution of TA was in helping the countries develop an IMT GT Database on Trade, Investment and Tourism (ITITD). The first set of IMT-GT trade, investment and tourism database has been established and a statistical brochure was produced and launched at the 7th IMT-GT Summit on 25 April 2013. ADB also assisted the countries in producing a statistical booklet compiling the aggregate subregional data for IMT-GT which was launched at the 8th IMT-GT Summit on 11 May 2014.
|Geographical Location||aSEA includes Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The RETA will finance about 260 person-months of individual consultant services, 99 for international and 161 for domestic consultant services. Experts will also be engaged for short-term studies.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Perdiguero, Alfredo|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Shunsuke Bando
SEOC-SERD, Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||05 Dec 2007|
|Fact Finding||21 Jan 2008 to 22 Jan 2008|
|Approval||22 May 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||14 Mar 2008|
|Last PDS Update||17 Dec 2014|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|22 May 2008||-||22 May 2008||28 Feb 2010||31 Dec 2014||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|3,800,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||3,800,000.00||22 May 2008||3,269,895.17|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Institutional Development for Enhanced Subregional Cooperation in the aSEA Region: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Jun 2015|
|Institutional Development for Enhanced Subregional Cooperation in the aSEA Region||Technical Assistance Reports||Mar 2008|
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