Regional: Strategic Partnerships for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia
To support policy related research on both sensitive and cutting edge issues of strategic importance to South Asian countries. The research will be on topics that are of critical relevance to the economic, environmental and social stability of the region.
Iyengar, Kavita Srinivas
South Asia Department
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- Public sector management
|Project Name||Strategic Partnerships for Policy Development and Action to Foster Regional Cooperation in South Asia|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Partnerships
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Finance / Finance sector development
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development
Public sector management / Economic affairs management
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming|
|Description||To support policy related research on both sensitive and cutting edge issues of strategic importance to South Asian countries. The research will be on topics that are of critical relevance to the economic, environmental and social stability of the region.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||RCSP (2006-2008); ADB Strategy 2020.|
|Impact||Greater economic and social stability in South Asia .|
|Description of Outcome||Strengthened knowledgebased collaboration among South Asian policy makers, researchers, and private sector partners to address national and regional development issues|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
The RETA objective was to strengthen knowledge-based collaboration
among South Asian researchers, policymakers, and private sector investors to address national and regional development issues by partnering with knowledge institutions. Research critical to regional trade in goods and services and promotion of private-sector led development was designed as Track II initiatives. Studies topics were identified in close consultation with the Government and consultations took place with a wide range of stakeholders in the region.
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Four studies prepared outlining opportunities for accelerating regional collaboration
2. Studies and/or analysis disseminated, experiences shared, and policy impact assessed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
In 2010, Research and Information Systems (RIS), New Delhi, led three sets of studies in collaborations with institutions across South Asia: (i) Developing Economic Corridors in South Asia; (ii) Deepening the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement, and (iii) Expanding Regional Trade in South Asia with Global Production Network. Dissemination seminars were held in New Delhi, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu, with private sector and government agencies. Publication of the first two studies was initiated.
The second phase was initiated with two new institutions in middle of 2011 and an LoA was subsequently signed with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) for a study on Strengthening the Textile and Clothing Sector in South Asia. ICRIER partnered with five institutions in the region for the study which examined firms' strategies that have led to upward mobility in the value chains in the post-MFA period. Five country studies based on analyses of secondary data, case studies of leading firms and stakeholder consultations fed into the final report. Two workshops were held in 2012 in New Delhi.
The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) undertook two sets of studies with a netork of researchers and policymakers across South Asia to prepare regional reports on: (i) Development Impact of Trade and FDI in South Asian Countries, and (ii) Potential Supply Chain in South Asia in Leather, and (iii) Potential Supply Chain in South Asia in the Agriculture Sector. A regional consultation seminar was held in Dhaka in May 2012 for the Agriculture study and in September 2012 in Chennai for the Leather study after which a SAARC Leather Manufacturers Association was established.
Publication of all studies is planned under other knowledge TAs.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||In several South Asian countries|
|During Project Implementation||In several South Asian countries|
The TA will require 6 person-months of international and 12 person-months of national consulting services on intermittent basis that will be hired as individual consultants according to ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time).
The international consultant is a development specialist with working experience on issues related to international trade, environment, regional cooperation and private sector/SME development. The consultant should be familiar with the work of research institutes in South Asia and has a good understanding of the political, institutional, and operational mechanisms for promoting regional cooperation in South Asia.
The national consultant is a coordination specialist responsible for assisting ADB and the international development specialist in coordinating and supervising all activities under the TA. The consultant will provide inputs intermittently and/or part-time, as required.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Iyengar, Kavita Srinivas|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||India Resident Mission|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||29 Apr 2008|
|Fact Finding||06 May 2008 to 09 May 2008|
|Approval||25 Jul 2008|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||26 May 2008|
|Last PDS Update||22 Apr 2014|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|25 Jul 2008||-||25 Jul 2008||31 Aug 2010||31 Mar 2013||10 Jun 2014|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|700,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||700,000.00||17 Jun 2022||548,913.59|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Impact of Trade and FDI Policies on Industrial Development in South Asia||Books||Dec 2015|
|Food Security in South Asia: Developing Regional Supply Chains for the Food Processing Industry||Books||Aug 2015|
|Deepening Economic Cooperation between India and Sri Lanka||Books||Sep 2013|
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