Regional: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020

Sovereign Project | 46140-001 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
Wu, Guoliang Central and West Asia Department Request for information
  • Regional
  • Technical Assistance
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Industry and trade
  • Public sector management
  • Transport
Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020
Project Number 46140-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8301-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 400,000.00
TA 8301-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Supporting Capacity Development Needs of CAREC 2020 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
People's Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

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

Energy - Energy sector development and institutional reform

Health - Health system development

Industry and trade - Industry and trade sector development

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The CAREC countries have reached broad agreement on the CI Work Plan for 2013-2017 after several rounds of consultations , and this was endorsed as part of the Wuhan Action Plan at the 11th MC.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

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.

A consultation meeting of the CAREC National Focal Points was held in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2016 to discuss, among others, the draft intergovernmental agreement establishing the CAREC Institute.

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.

An increase in TA amount ($400,000 from PRCF; $1,000,000 from TASF) was approval by the PRC government [for the PRCF counterpart] on 25 October 2016 and by ADB on 8 December 2016.

The TA supported two more workshops in the last quarter of 2016:

The Conference "Investing for the Future: Infrastructure Development in Central Asia" was held in Bishkek on 16-17 November 2017. The conference brought together policymakers from CAREC countries and experts from international organizations, universities and private sector to exchange views on the current state of infrastructure development in Central Asia.

The Conference on Agriculture Development in Central Asia:Challenges, Opportunities and Policy Options and Workshop on Cross Border Animal

Disease Control, was held on 5-7 December 2016 in Shenzhen, PRC. The Conference aimed to(i) share IFPRI research on agriculture

development in four CAREC member countries (ii) share CAREC countries' experience; and (iii) initiate a policy dialogue to develop policy briefs in areas of cooperation among the CAREC countries. Similarly, the workshop on animal disease control aimed to inform policymakers about the incidence and policy actions to control outbreaks and avoid cross border spread of animal disease. Both activities set the stage for future cooperation between CAREC member countries in the critical areas of agriculture development.

Geographical Location Kyrgyz Republic,Mongolia,Pakistan,People's Republic of China,Kazakhstan,Afghanistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan,Azerbaijan

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Conceptualization and formulation of the TA is based on the work of CAREC Institute Performance Assessment Review carried out in 2010, various sector and subregional workshops undertaken in 2011, as well as the recommendations received from last year's senior officials' meetings and the 10th Ministerial Conference. This two-year long consultation process included extensive discussions with government officials in all relevant ministries of the member countries, participants of the past capacity building initiatives, development partners, and other stakeholders in nongovernmental organizations. Most planned activiites under the TA will be further discussed and endorsed by the forthcoming senior officials' meetings and ministerial conferences.
During Project Implementation The TA will be monitored primarily by the various CAREC bodies and the CAREC Unit. Evaluation of the TA's outputs will be done through the periodic Performance Review of the CAREC Institute with the assistance of the CAREC National Focal Points in all member countries. The TA implementation will also be reviewed during the CAREC Senior Officials' Meetings, which are held at least twice each year.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services About 25 person-months of international and 15 person-months of national consultant inputs will be required to provide advisory and technical services under the TA. The consultants and resource persons will be specialists in the areas of transport, energy, trade facilitation, financial and economic analysis, and other fields related to implementation of CAREC 2020. As the TA will involve different activities consisting mostly of straightforward assignments, consultants and resource persons will be selected and engaged by ADB as individuals based on their qualifications and experience in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants.
Procurement Workshops, conferences, or seminars will be held during TA implementation. All procurement of goods and other services under the TA will be made in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Wu, Guoliang
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2017

TA 8301-REG

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Dec 2012 - 17 Dec 2012 31 Dec 2015 30 Jun 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,500,000.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,400,000.00 17 Dec 2012 1,005,967.01

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