Regional: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)
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 (2016 2020), and the CAREC Strategy 2030.
Central and West Asia Department
Request for information
|Project Name||Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Knowledge Sharing and Services in Transport and Transport Facilitation (Phase 2)|
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||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 (2016 2020), 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|
|Description of Outcome||The capacity of CAREC countries to implement CAREC transport sector strategic plans enhanced|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Samukhin, Oleg|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||22 Mar 2019|
|Fact Finding||01 Feb 2019 to 01 Feb 2019|
|Approval||02 Jul 2019|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Jul 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|02 Jul 2019||-||02 Jul 2019||31 Dec 2021||31 Dec 2022||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||1,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,500,000.00||29 Sep 2021||749,107.84|
Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.
The Access to Information Policy (AIP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.
The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.