Sector Coordinating Committees meetings are presently being held and are expected to flesh out the details and implementing modalities of the Work Plan activities in their respective sectors, in particular for capacity building (knowledge services) activities. For trade facilitation, various trainings have been conducted since early 2013. For trade policy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chairs the Trade Policy Coordinating Committee (TPCC). ADB collaborated with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in developing and delivering capacity development activities on trade policy in the second half of 2013. Details on these initiatives on trade facilitation and trade policy as well as plans for transport and energy were reported in the second half of 2013.
The TA also funded a workshop that aimed to examine the growth of global supply chains and their implications for policy development and strategies in CAREC countries.
A legal expert and an institutional expert were engaged to help in setting up the CAREC institute (CI). These consultancy assignments constitute a key component of ADB's overall support to CI within CAREC in improving capacity of the CAREC member countries.
A minor change in implementation arrangements was approved to include in the TA consultancy requirement the engagement of a results management specialist who will provide technical inputs and overall support in the preparation of CAREC's annual Development Effectiveness Review.
For this year, the TA has already supported 2 major activities:
- On 2-5 June 2015 in Tokyo Japan, the Asian Development Bank, Agence Francaise de Developpement, Asian Development Bank Institute, jointly organized the "Asia Regional Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships". The training aimed to aims to improve the capacity of government officials to establish effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) to fulfill infrastructure demands in the Asia-Pacific region.
- The CAREC Energy Workshop on New Technologies in Tokyo, Japan on 27-29 July 2015. The experts and representatives from technology companies discussed the renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, advanced coal power plants,
smart meters and smart grids, renewable energy and battery storage, and efficient building energy management.
- Knowledge Sharing Workshop on SME Development and Economic Growth in Suzhou, PRC on 26-29 October 2015. Senior government officials from CAREC member countries attended the workshop jointly organized by CAREC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).Senior government officials from CAREC member countries attended the workshop jointly organized by CAREC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The workshop focused on public sector support for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development, with expert presentations and sharing of best practices among participants.
- Workshop on Regional Economic Cooperation Database and Modeling, and Computable General Equilibrium Model Training in Urumqi, PRC on 2-4 Dec 2015. The course offered an introduction to the theory and practice of Regional and National Economic Assessment using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models. It combined theoretical and empirical material with the latest data and software resources, training participants to assess economy wide impacts and communicate their findings to effectively support evidence-based policy dialog. It enabled the participants to be familiar with state-of-the-art decision tools that can be used to assess the economic impacts of policy and external events within and across the CAREC economies.
The TA also supported the conduct of meetings among CAREC National Focal Points (NFPs) in Guangzhou, PRC (27 28 January 2016) and Almaty, Kazakhstan (31 March-1 April 2016) to facilitate consensus building among CAREC countries for the CAREC Institute to become an intergovernmental organization.
A minor change in implementation arrangement was approved to include one international consultant, who will undertake the midterm review of CAREC 2020 in the TAs consultancy requirement.
An increase in TA amount ($400,000 from PRCF; $1,000,000 from TASF) is planned for 2016 and awaiting approval from PRC government [for the PRCF counterpart].
The TA supported a Development Evaluation Workshop held in Shanghai, PRC on August 2016. This is in line with CI's mission to enhance the quality of the CAREC Program through the generation of knowledge products and services for effective regional cooperation needed to achieve CAREC's strategic goals and accelerate economic growth in the CAREC region.
A consultation meeting of the CAREC National Focal Points was held in Bangkok, Thailand on September 2016 to discuss, among others, the draft intergovernmental agreement establishing the CAREC Institute.