Regional : Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 48335-002

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport Strategy Plans, which will continue to promote regional cooperation through competitive and sustainable transport corridors. This TA builds on and continues the work under TA 8789-REG and TA 8804-REG which have significantly advanced knowledge exchange in transport within the CAREC region and supported the critical role of ADB as the CAREC Secretariat. The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2030, ADB's Operational Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration (20162020), and the CAREC Strategy 2030.

Project Details

Project Name
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)
Project Number
48335-002
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9754-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)
Source Amount
United Kingdom Fund for Asia Regional Trade and Connectivity under the Regional Cooperation and Integration Financing Partnership Facility US$ 1.00 million
TA 9754-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9754-REG: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 400,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport Strategy Plans, which will continue to promote regional cooperation through competitive and sustainable transport corridors. This TA builds on and continues the work under TA 8789-REG and TA 8804-REG which have significantly advanced knowledge exchange in transport within the CAREC region and supported the critical role of ADB as the CAREC Secretariat. The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2030, ADB's Operational Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration (20162020), and the CAREC Strategy 2030.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

There remains a strong demand from CAREC countries for operationally-relevant knowledge solutions to advance the implementation of transport initiatives in the above priority areas. However, the CAREC countries are still constrained to effectively deliver on these new areas as they have inadequate knowledge and capabilities (policy, regulatory, institutional) to plan and implement appropriate policies and programs in these areas. At the same time, there is a wealth of experience in other countries (including developing ones) in implementing policies and programs in these areas, which CAREC countries can benefit from. There is a continuing need for a knowledge management function to solicit good practices on the transport priorities areas, index and catalog both past and new information, ensure dissemination of this knowledge in a form that is of operational use, and serve as an information broker, as experienced from current TAs, to facilitate knowledge exchange between and among various stakeholders.

Lessons learned from implementing the current TAs are: (i) continuing engagement and support at the national level is needed to successfully carry out the regional transport strategies, as key actions need policy/institutional change at the national level (e.g. development of national road safety strategies; development of road asset management systems; aviation policy reforms, etc.); (ii) support and coordination with regional cooperation coordinators fielded in each CAREC member country is necessary to enhance communication with the national government, conduct appropriate capacity-building activities, and ensure effective dissemination of knowledge products; (iii) resource persons are valuable and could contribute significantly to the development of knowledge products and capacity-building activities; (iv) knowledge dissemination needs to be continued to ensure the uptake of best practices in all transport priority areas; and (v) feedback from countries and demand-based knowledge delivery are valuable in ensuring that country-specific needs are addressed.

During the 16th TSCC meeting held in May 2017, the CAREC member countries confirmed their strong continued demand for additional TA in all priority areas of the CAREC transport program. The 17th TSCC meeting held in April 2018 and the CAREC Senior Officials Meeting in June 2018 endorsed the preparation of the new CAREC Transport Strategy 2030. The Strategy will be presented to the 18th CAREC TSCC meeting in April 2019 for review and endorsement. Thus, a new TA is needed to facilitate regional cooperation and continuingly help increase capacity of the transport agencies in CAREC countries.

Impact

Reliability, resilience and sustainability of transportation systems improved

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Capacity of CAREC countries to implement CAREC transport sector strategic plans enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Policy dialogue and knowledge sharing among member countries facilitated

Skills and capacity of the transport agencies in CAREC member countries on key topics in transport improved

Knowledge products produced and disseminated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
Individual international and national consultants will be hired on an intermittent basis on output-based contracts where appropriate. Resource persons with specialized knowledge in key area of the TA's scope will also be hired on the basis of need. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement
ADB will procure a small amount of office equipment and software to support the delivery of the outputs. The Transport and Communications Division of the Central and West Asia Department will undertake the procurement. All licenses and registrations will be secured under ADB's name to facilitate transfer upon completion of the TA. Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Herz, Thomas
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
22 Mar 2019
Fact Finding
01 Feb 2019 to 01 Feb 2019
MRM
-
Approval
02 Jul 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
02 Jul 2019

Funding

TA 9754-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Jul 2019 - 02 Jul 2019 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,400,000.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,400,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
04 Jul 2024 2,051,113.38

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
BCP Architect/Design Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Logistics Consultant (Team Leader) Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Facilitation Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Border Crossing Point Infrastructure Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Coordination Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics and Freight Research Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Aviation Freight Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics and Freight Research Specialist (Central Asia and Caucuses) Individual - Consulting Closed
International Logistics and Freight Specialist/Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics Facilities Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.