|Project Name||Building Capacity for Enhanced Connectivity in Southeast Asia|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|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 / Electricity transmission and distribution
Finance / Infrastructure finance and investment funds
Health / Disease control of non-communicable diseases and other priority programs
Industry and trade / Trade and services
Transport / Multimodal logistics
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||No gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
At the outcome level, data gathering for the tracer study which commenced in February 2018 is on-going. A survey instrument was used to assess application of knowledge acquired and skills developed in the workplaces by the BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS government officials.
Based on the preliminary results of 76 respondents, 71 (93%) confirmed that they applied in their work place what they learnt (compared with 70% outcome indicator target). They applied the following in their work: (i) knowledge on concepts and tools in regional cooperation and integration (RCI) and connectivity (68), strategy development (63); and (ii) skills development in problem solving and analysis (61), strategic thinking (63), working in teams (60), and action planning (60).
The B-I-G Program targeting of participants was effective with 68 (89%) respondents working in RCI. Sixty-three (83%) were members of the BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS national and subregional secretariats, served as focal points for the sector working groups, and were part of project teams. In terms of level of involvement, 63 (83%) indicated having moderate to high involvement in BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS institutional mechanisms and activities.
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Output 1: A Comprehensive training program delivered
For output 1, 838 (compared to 500 target) middle and senior level officials from BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS attended 26 trainings and knowledge events organized in collaboration with 29 knowledge and institutional partners. Nineteen trainings were conducted on economic corridor development (2 modules, 8 trainings), tourism (3 trainings), regional power market (3 trainings), SEZs (3 trainings), social protection (1 training) and project management (1 training). A total of seven knowledge events conducted on cross-border e-commerce (3 workshops); 3 forums on poverty reduction and social development, health impact assessment in economic zones, and trade facilitation; and a seminar on integrated transport. Of the 25 trainings and knowledge events (718 participants), three hundred (300) participants (42%) were women and majority (386, 61% were Directors and above).
The list of training programs and knowledge events from July 2015 to December 2018 is provided below:
Economic Corridor Development for Competitive and Inclusive Asia
Module 1: Economic Corridors Concepts, Characteristics and Models
Partners: ADB, Asian Development Bank Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Singapore Cooperation Programme and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University
Dates and Locations: 26-28 August 2015, Singapore; 17-18 August 2016, Singapore; 23-25 August 2017, Singapore; and, 9-11 July 2018, Indonesia
Number of Participants: 31 with 5 from CAREC and SASEC (2015); 26 with 6 from CAREC and SASEC (2016); 27 with 4 from CAREC and SASEC (2017); and, 28 (2018)
Module 2: Drivers of Economic Corridors Development
Partners: Center for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation, National Economic and Social Development Board-Thailand, and Prince Songkhla University
Dates and Locations: 29 August to 4 September 2015, Malaysia (Johor, Melaka, Putrajaya, Penang, Hang Tuah Jaya and Bukit Kayu Hitam) and Thailand (Sadao and Songkhla); 20-26 August 2016, Malaysia (Johor, Melaka, Putrajaya and Bukit Kayu Hitam) and Thailand (Sadao, Hat Yai and Songkhla); 26 August-1 September 2017, Malaysia (Johor, Melaka, Putrajaya, Penang, Hang Tuah Jaya and Bukit Kayu Hitam) and Thailand (Sadao); and, 12-21 July 2018, Brunei Darussalam (Bandar Seri Begawan and Muara), Indonesia (Pontianak and Entikong) and Malaysia (Tebedu, Kuching, Miri, Labuan and Kota Kinabalu)
Number of Participants: 29 (2015); 26 (2016); 26 (2017); and, 27 (2018)
Tourism Management in BIMP EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS Enhancing People-to- People Connectivity for Inclusive Growth Training (3 trainings)
Partner: Guilin Tourism University (GTU)
Dates and Locations: 19-23 October 2015, GTU, Guilin, Peoples Republic of China (PRC); 24-29 April 2016, GTU, Guilin, PRC; and 25-30 April 2017, GTU, Guilin, PRC.
Number of Participants: 26 (2015); 25 (2016); and 26 (2017)
Regional Power Market and Cross-border Interconnections Training
Partner: ASEAN Korea Center with support from POSCO Engineering and Construction
Dates and Locations: 29 November-4 December 2015, POSCO Group University, Republic of Korea (ROK); 25-30 September 2016, Seoul, ROK; and 12-17 November 2018, Seoul, ROK
Number of Participants: 24 (2015); 28 with 1 ROK (2016); and 28 (2017)
Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks Training (3 trainings)
Partners: ADB TA 8430: Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, CAREC Institute, China Association of Development Zones, and Asia Pacific Finance and Development Institute (AFDI)
Dates and Locations: 17-22 October 2016, Shanghai, PRC; 25-30 September 2017, AFDI, Shanghai, PRC; and, 7-11 May 2018, AFDI, Shanghai, PRC
Number of Participants: 24 with 7 from CAREC (2016);
27 (2017); and, 20 (2018)
Regional Training on Social Protection Systems: Social Assistance
Partner: Centre of Social Protection, Institute of Development Studies
Date and Location: 16-20 January 2017, Manila, Philippines
Number of Participants: 32 (2017)
Workshop on Cross-border E-commerce: Towards Seamless Connectivity
Partners: ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand and Ministry of Commerce-PRC
Dates and Locations: 9-11 March 2016, CU and ADB-Thailand Resident Mission (TRM), Bangkok, Thailand; and 16-18 May 2017, CU and ADB-TRM, Bangkok, Thailand
Number of Participants: 29 (2016)
12th ASEAN-China Forum on Poverty Reduction and Social Development
Partner(s): RKSI, ADB provided support to the main organizers
Date and Location: 27-29 June 2018, Manila, Philippines
Number of Participants: 120
Regional Forum on Innovation for Healthy Economic Zones and Border Area Development in the GMS
Partners: ADB Regional Departments
Dates and Locations: 16-17 August 2018, Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
Number of Participants: 50
Workshop on Promoting e-Commerce in Asia and the Pacific
Partners: ADB TA 8813: Information and Communication Technology for Development Initiative Facility in Asia and the Pacific and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
Dates and Locations: 27-28 August 2018, United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand
Number of Participants: 14 participants with 7 from SASEC (2018)
Seminar on Integrated Green Urban Transport Plans Preparation
Partners: Centre for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation and National Economic and Social Development Board-Thailand
Date and Location: 4-5 September 2018, Phuket, Thailand
Number of Participants: 71
Regional Training in Project Management
Partner: National University of Management, Cambodia
Date and Location: 22-27 October 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Number of Participants: 31
Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
Partners: World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization, CAREC Institute and ADB Regional Departments
Date and Location: 30-31 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
Number of Participants: 19
Output 2: An information repository established
The internet based information repository and website is fully functional since April 2017. It serves as a platform for information dissemination and knowledge exchanges between and among the government officials trained and knowledge partners of the B-I-G Program. The online platform aims to promote and provide information about the TA along with details about past, on-going, and upcoming activities. The information repository and website also have a discussion room and provides access to the training materials and related sites for the training content, and a database of government officials as well as knowledge partners.
Other project updates include:
Governance and Reporting Mechanisms- As part of the TA governance and reporting mechanisms, updates and progress of activities are reported to the Steering Committee. The first Steering Committee meeting was held on 7-8 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Steering Committee assessed achievements of the B-I-G Program from June 2015 to October 2018. They provided strategic and technical guidance on the B-I-G Program performance monitoring and evaluation system, demand based training needs, and potential knowledge partners. Mechanisms to strengthen strategic linkages and institutional coordination with ASEAN and the four secretariats, BIMP-Facilitation Centre, Centre for IMT Subregional Cooperation, GMS Secretariat and ASEAN Secretariat, tackled.
The meeting provided opportunities to take stock of progress and achievements as well as define future plans. The discussions yielded useful suggestions and recommendations for overall B-I-G Program improvement. The BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS governments, and the subregional secretariats also took it as an opportunity to express support and great satisfaction for the B-I-G Program.
Resource Mobilization- The B-I-G Program successfully worked with a total of 29 knowledge and institutional partners including international organizations, governments, and universities and education institutions. The B-I-G Program also collaborated with various ADB TAs and sector divisions to leverage existing resources. The knowledge and institutional partners provided financial and in-kind contributions, which led to significant savings. Financial support from development partners such as the Governments of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Korea to the TA was highly appreciated by the governments and expanded the scope of activities.
Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System- an effective performance monitoring and evaluation system has been set up. Comprehensive evaluation methodologies are used to measure inputs for trainings such as evaluation forms, mid-program assessment, needs and baseline assessments (to compare knowledge and skills levels before and after training), meetings with training teams, and lead experts and knowledge partners reports.
For the July 2015 to December 2018 training programs and workshops, overall training evaluation ratings are between 4.34-4.89 (with no ratings below 4.00 on a scale of 1.00 as lowest to 5.00 as highest). Pre- and post- tests have been administered to assess knowledge acquired and skills developed of BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS civil servants. Participating BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS officials have increased scores from pre-to posts tests.
The B-I-G Program also uses other complementary instruments and tools to assess qualitative results of learning such as: (i) use of participatory learning methodologies for skills development; (ii) networking and cross learning; (iii) fostering team work and collaboration in the multi-country exercises; (iv) integration exercises where participants work in multi-country teams to apply what they learned in the BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS context; (v) strategies and action plans development; and (vi) project concept proposals and implementation plans.
The participants acknowledged the relevance of the content and the usefulness of what they learned in their workplace. They value the unique knowledge and experience sharing opportunities and networking. The BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and GMS civil servants also requested continued capacity development on the connectivity and subregional cooperation themes given no other institutions are offering similar customized and demand-based trainings.
At the outcome level, data gathering for the tracer study which commenced in February 2018 is on-going. The preliminary results of the tracer study indicated majority of participants: (i) applied what they learned in the work place; (ii) worked in the three subregions, e.g. national focal points, secretariats, members of working groups, and part of project teams; and (iii) are involved in policy and planning for regional cooperation and integration.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||It is estimated that 28 person-months of international consulting services and 46 person-months of national consulting services are required for the TA. Individual consultants will be recruited on an intermittent basis, in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||Purchases of equipment (computer hardware and software) will be undertaken in cost-efficient manner, in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time) and in coordination with ADB's Office of Information Systems and Technology and Office of Administrative Services, where applicable. After the TA completion, any procured equipment will be disposed in compliance with Project Administration Instruction 5.09.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Krishnan, Gary P.|
|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||08 Sep 2014|
|Approval||18 Dec 2014|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||29 Mar 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|18 Dec 2014||-||18 Dec 2014||31 Dec 2017||31 Dec 2018||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|750,000.00||750,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,500,000.00||18 Dec 2014||1,418,466.61|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Building Capacity for Enhanced Connectivity in Southeast Asia: Technical Assistance Completion Report||TA Completion Reports||Jul 2019|
|Building Capacity for Enhanced Connectivity in Southeast Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2014|
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