China, People's Republic of: Promoting Partnerships for South-South Cooperation

Sovereign Project | 45058-001 Status: Closed


The technical assistance is envisaged to enhance knowledge cooperation between the PRC and other developing countries. It aims to increase awareness of best practices and emerging issues and challenges in the region, enabling improved sector policymaking and capacity building among PRC and DMCs in the region. The TA will carry out Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP) workshops on development themes and publications on results of the KSP workshops.

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Project Name Promoting Partnerships for South-South Cooperation
Project Number 45058-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7974-PRC: Promoting Partnerships for South-South Cooperation
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Finance - Finance sector development

Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban water supply

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The technical assistance is envisaged to enhance knowledge cooperation between the PRC and other developing countries. It aims to increase awareness of best practices and emerging issues and challenges in the region, enabling improved sector policymaking and capacity building among PRC and DMCs in the region. The TA will carry out Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP) workshops on development themes and publications on results of the KSP workshops.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA supports the knowledge and innovation thrust of the current PRC Country Partnership Strategy (CPS). The TA will build on the objective of PRC's 12th Five Year Plan in deepening friendly relations and pragmatic cooperation with neighboring countries to maintain peace and stability, promote prosperity and development in the region, and expand South-South cooperation. The TA will build on past ADB TAs on knowledge management sharing and help promote the knowledge intermediary role of ADB in the region.
Impact Enhanced knowledge cooperation between the PRC and other DMCs.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Increased awareness of best practices and emerging issues and challenges among the PRC and DMCs in the region
Progress Toward Outcome Outcome achieved.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. KSP workshops, field visits, and study tours on development themes to enhance awareness on best practices and emerging development issues in the region completed

2. Publications on results of the KSP workshops, including policy notes prepared

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

The following outputs and activities were achieved towards project outcome and impact:

1. South-South Knowledge Cooperation: Study Tour of three PRC Ministry of Finance Officials to the Republic of Korea (KOR) and Thailand (THA) held on 15-21 April 2012. In their report, MOF considered the study tour as beneficial to their work in terms of good examples on knowledge cooperation successes in KOR and THA.

2. Participation of PRC MOF officials at the High-Level Meeting on South and Triangular Cooperation "Towards Country-Led Knowledge Hubs", 10-12 July 2012, Bali, Indonesia. MOF reported the usefulness of this meeting to their knowledge cooperation work through good practices learned on knowledge hub experiences from other countries.

3. High-Level Forum on South-South Knowledge Cooperation held on 13 Sepember 2012 in Manila, with about 80 participants from 15 developing member countries. ADB President Kuroda and PRC Assistant Minister of Finance Zheng Xiaosong led the discusssion among renowed resource speakers and delegates. President Kuroda cited the ADB-PRC jointly managed Knowledge Sharing Platform which enables sharing of solutions for key emerging development issues and challenges faced by the region's developing countries; contributes to sound development management and policy making; and promotes regionally inclusive development. The KSP has also helped create learning opportunities that build on ADB's and PRC's respective key strengths.

4. The case study on PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform: Promoting South-South Cooperation was prepared, published and presented in November 2011 at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Republic of Korea as a showcase of innovative South-South knowledge cooperation.

5. Another publication on the Case Study on South-South Cooperation: PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform was written and printed in September 2012 in time for the High Level Forum on South-South Knowledge Cooperation.

6. The launching ceremony for the Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative (RKSI) was held on 30 August 2012 in Beijing. The RKSI is a vehicle to promote South-South cooperation by mutual learning and sharing of development experiences between the PRC and other member countries, promoting networking among knowledge institutions in the region, and linking the RKSI with agencies in the PRC and other developing member countries. The RKSI aims to enhance existing knowledge cooperation as well as regional cooperation among the PRC and other member countries.

7. The ADB-International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC) International Policy Workshop on Urban Poverty and Inclusive Cities was held on 24-25 June 2013 in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, PRC with over 110 participants from various ministries and local governments. International experts from Bangladesh,Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, PRC, Thailand, USA, and Viet Nam led the discussions which focused on urban poverty across many countries. Policy prescriptions for PRC based on lessons learned from other countries were identified.

8. Study Tour to Malaysia and Singapore of six PRC Ministry of Finance officials was conducted from 13-21 July 2013 covering knowledge cooperation experiences of Malaysia and Singapore and identification of good examples for replication in PRC. The MOF reported that the study tour was very useful in terms of practical knowledge on knowledge exchange experiences of Malaysia and Singapore as well as on the current economic challenges of the two countries.

9. The 5th PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP) on Sustainable Vocational Training Towards Industrial Upgrading and Economic Transformation was successfully conducted on 2 5 December 2013 in Beijing, with a field visit to Guangzhou. Over 80 participants from 10 developing member countries (DMCs) participated. The workshop report was published.

10. The 6th PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform on Public-Private Partnerships was held on 25-27 November 2014 in Beijing and Shanghai with 126 participants from 14 DMC countries. Lessons and insights from global experience were shared. A publication on the workshop proceedings was published.

11. The 7th PRC-ADB Knowledge Sharing Platform on Social Assistance was held last 7-8 December 2015. There were 30 participants from - three DMCs (Philippines, Indonesia, Viet Nam), 4 resource persons, staff from WHO and Columbia University.

A TA Review Mission was fielded on 24 April 2015 to discuss final activities before the TA closing by end 2015.

On 14-15 October 2014, a TA Review Mission held discussions with PRC MOF on the 6th PRC-ADB KSP on Public-Private Partnerships and the GMS training on urban planning targeted in April/May 2015.

A TA Review Mission was held on 14-17 March 2014 to discuss the 5th KSP and remaining funds under the TA. PRC MOF proposed to organize the 6th KSP on public-private partnerships in Oct-Nov 2014.

A TA Review Mission was conducted on 21-22 October 2013 and exchanged ideas with the PRC MOF on planned activities on South-South knowledge cooperation, including the 5th KSP on vocational education.

A TA Review Mission was fielded on 5-7 March 2013 and held discussions with the Ministry of Finance (MOF), People's Republic of China (PRC) on the status of implementation of TA 7974-PRC and TA 7703-PRC, change in project officer, and planned future priority activities. Discussions also explored the possible use of the TA funds to support the immediate activities of the RKSI.

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with PRC were conducted during the 2010 PRC country programming mission. The TA is included in PRC's country operations business plan 2011-2013 as a firm TA. Subsequent discussions were held with the government on the impact, outcome, outputs, implementation arrangements, cost, and financing arrangements of the TA. Inputs from DMC participants in the past three regional KSPs were used in the project design.
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA will require about 8 person-months of international and about 12 person-months of national consulting services to carry out the terms of reference. The international and national consultants will have expertise in (i) training and capacity building, (ii) institutional development, (iii) economic policy making, (iv) social development, (v) environment, and (vi) regional cooperation. TA and workshop coordinators may be appointed after discussions with the steering committee. The steering committee will discuss and finalize the required expertise and detailed terms of reference for specific assignments, including duration and expected results. Additional international and national resource persons and short-term task-specific experts will be recruited to carry out well-defined tasks (e.g., case study papers, workshop presentations, participation in workshops, and review of draft reports). All consultants and resource persons will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Yu, Fei
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Sanlihe, Xicheng District
People's Republic of China


Concept Clearance 01 Dec 2011
Fact Finding -
Approval 14 Dec 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2016

TA 7974-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2011 09 Jan 2012 09 Jan 2012 31 Dec 2015 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 14 Dec 2011 649,033.17
Title Document Type Document Date
Promoting Partnerships for South-South Cooperation: Technical Assistance Completion Report TA Completion Reports Jun 2016
Urban Poverty in Asia Documents Produced Under Grant/Loans/TA Aug 2013

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