The proposed regional small scale policy and advisory technical assistance (R-S-PATA) seeks to support the implementation of the new Long-Term Strategic Framework of the GMS, 2012-2022, endorsed by Leaders at the recently held 4th GMS Summit, which is emphasizing second-generation connectivity projects along and around developing economic corridors; and the draft Implementation Blueprints, 2012-2016 of the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT subregional groupings, respectively, being prepared for endorsement by Leaders at the respective BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Summits in April 2012, which are also emphasizing connectivity through corridor development, along with eco-tourism, food security, and environmental protection.
|Project Name||Support for the Preparation of Harmonized Regional Cross-Sector and Thematic Assessments, Strategies, and Roadmaps for a Regional Cooperation Strategy for Southeast Asia, 2013 - 2015|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change|
|Sector / Subsector||
Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform
Finance / Trade finance
Industry and trade / Trade and services
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
The proposed regional small scale policy and advisory technical assistance (R-S-PATA) seeks to support the implementation of the new Long-Term Strategic Framework of the GMS, 2012-2022, endorsed by Leaders at the recently held 4th GMS Summit, which is emphasizing second-generation connectivity projects along and around developing economic corridors; and the draft Implementation Blueprints, 2012-2016 of the BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT subregional groupings, respectively, being prepared for endorsement by Leaders at the respective BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Summits in April 2012, which are also emphasizing connectivity through corridor development, along with eco-tourism, food security, and environmental protection. The R-S-PATA would also indirectly support ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint (AEC) objective of achieving the AEC by 2015, including through the narrowing of development gaps in the smaller economies under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan 2 (WP2), 2009-2015 and the implementation of priority projects, including in some middle-income Southeast Asian countries, listed in the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC). The proposed R-S-PATA would help operationalize this support to Southeast Asia member countries by providing the necessary analytical and broad operational inputs into a Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS) for Southeast Asia, 2012-2016, to be endorsed by Southeast Asia member countries. The R-S-PATA would complement ongoing or planned TAs in support of regional and sub-regional cooperation and integration administered by SERD, ERD, OGC, OREI, and RSDD.
More specifically, the R-S-PATA would: (i) undertake a rigorous background economic assessment of the likely impact of the ongoing global macroeconomic shifts, including those related to the People's Republic of China (PRC), on ASEAN and the three sub-regional groupings in Southeast Asia over the next four years to end-2015; namely, BIMP-EAGA, GMS, and IMT-GT; and (ii) produce three background harmonized regional cross-sector and thematic assessments, strategies, and roadmaps (regional ASRs), along the lines prepared for the Southeast Asian countries' country partnership strategies (CPSs) with ADB, covering the agreed but still a priori strategic priorities; namely, improved connectivity, enhanced competitiveness, and promoting a sustainable environment. The background economic assessment would help validate the selection of the three strategic priorities, while the background regional ASRs would build on the relevant national ASRs to ensure that the RCI initiatives are value-adding to the national programs, and thereby help ensure country ownership and commitment to implement the agreed operational programs.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Increased development effectiveness of SERD's RCI related sector and thematic interventions to support SERD's contribution to implementing ADB's RCI Strategy.|
|Description of Outcome||A well-informed and SERD-wide integrated RCI strategy and implementation plan, as the basis for the RCS for Southeast Asia, 2013-2015.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Background economic assessment.
2. Three harmonized regional cross-sector and thematic ASRs.
3. Lending and non-lending pipelines for 2013-2015.
4. Results-management framework and plan.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
The R-S-PATA will require the hiring of 4 international consultants for a total of 5.5 person-months to draft the background economic analysis and the regional cross-sector and thematic ASRs, and the engagement of local resource persons (about 1 person-month in total) to help conduct up to 9 in-country coordination workshops.
" Consulting services (5.5 person-months for international consultants; $166,000)
" Resource persons services (about 1 person-month; $2,000)
|Responsible ADB Officer||Bando, Shunsuke|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||19 Dec 2011|
|Fact Finding||20 Dec 2011 to 23 Dec 2011|
|Approval||27 Dec 2011|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||19 Dec 2011|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|27 Dec 2011||-||27 Dec 2011||30 Sep 2012||31 Dec 2012||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|225,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||225,000.00||27 Dec 2011||148,121.14|
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