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Regional: The Future of Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49068-001 Status: Active

This corporate TA will support the implementation of the ADB Strategy 2020 midterm review recommendations under a proposed RCI Operational Plan by producing operationally-relevant knowledge work to guide ADB's future operations in RCI.

More specifically, this TA is envisioned to produce knowledge products consisting of (i) one background paper on regionalism in Asia and the Pacific: emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges; (ii) a thematic paper on economic clusters and economic corridor development; (iii) a research report that consolidates the key findings and recommendations of the two knowledge products; and (iii) a synthesis paper summarizing the implications for ADB's operations in RCI.

Project Details

Project Officer
Arjun Goswami SDTC Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Multisector
 
Project Name The Future of Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 49068-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9032-REG: The Future of Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 850,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

This corporate TA will support the implementation of the ADB Strategy 2020 midterm review recommendations under a proposed RCI Operational Plan by producing operationally-relevant knowledge work to guide ADB's future operations in RCI.

More specifically, this TA is envisioned to produce knowledge products consisting of (i) one background paper on regionalism in Asia and the Pacific: emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges; (ii) a thematic paper on economic clusters and economic corridor development; (iii) a research report that consolidates the key findings and recommendations of the two knowledge products; and (iii) a synthesis paper summarizing the implications for ADB's operations in RCI.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Regionalism in Asia and the Pacific is often described as unique: market-driven, dynamic, open, multitrack, and multispeed, owing to different development patterns, economic circumstances, and geopolitical realities across the region. This model has served the region well, with RCI playing an increasingly important role in the region's economic development.

ADB has sought to take this process forward through a bottom-up approach built on support to subregional cooperation efforts, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3 (ASEAN plus the People's Republic of China, Japan, and Republic of Korea); the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC); the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS); and the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC), with focus on cross border infrastructure and related software, trade and investment, monetary and financial cooperation, and regional public goods. These subregional cooperation efforts have progressed at different speeds and served as building blocks for an eventual broader and more unified regional architecture.

Impact

RCI initiatives that address the emerging challenges faced by ADB's DMCs are implemented

(ADB Strategy 2020)

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome New and/or enhanced RCI initiatives are identified
Progress Toward Outcome A volume on "An Evolving ASEAN: Vision and Reality", completed under TA 8664, is being published. The volume traces the evolution of ASEAN cooperation over the past five decades and examines how ASEAN should position itself to face the challenges of the next half century and beyond. The volume is expected to contribute to the expected outcome of this TA by providing guidance for future RCI operations of ADB and regional initiatives.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Knowledge products on RCI produced

2. Research results disseminated

3. Synthesis paper on programmatic and operational implications produced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) One background paper and two country case studies (Thailand and Malaysia) were completed. Research findings were presented at the Final Workshop in May 2017 and Roundtable Conference on RCI during RCI Week in November 2017. Operational implications of research findings will appear in the 2017 RCI Roundtable Conference proceedings (for publication).
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with ADB's regional departments, through the RCI Thematic Group, were done to improve the design of the TA paper.
During Project Implementation The TA is being implemented in collaboration with relevant ADB regional departments. ADB also worked with global and regional institutions to produce knowledge work and conduct other activities under this TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require approximately 29 person-months of international consulting services, 30 person-months of national consulting services, and 4.1 person-months of resource persons. All consultants will be selected and engaged individually by ADB in accordance with ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). For this TA, hiring a team of individual consultants will provide more benefits for ADB than engaging a firm because of the following reasons: (i) faster mobilization of consultants, (ii) greater control by ADB staff in selecting and managing individual consultants; and (iii) greater flexibility in engaging experts specializing in a broad spectrum of RCI-related topics.

Eleven international consultants will be engaged to prepare the background, thematic, and synthesis papers. An economics editor will also be engaged to help review and edit the knowledge products that will be produced under this TA. Six resource persons will be invited either to present or write background papers for regional workshops, or to serve as peer reviewers for the knowledge products that will be produced under this TA.

The TA will require five national consultants: one to assist in supervising and coordinating the TA activities and outputs, and four to provide research support. A typesetter will be sourced from ADB's Department of External Relations list of accredited service providers who will be responsible for graphics and design, typesetting, and page layout. Appendix 3 of the TA report provides the outline terms of reference for consultants.

Procurement Purchases of equipment (computer hardware and software) and statistical databases will be undertaken in accordance with ADB''s Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time), in coordination with ADB''s Office of Information Systems and Technology and Office of Administrative Services where applicable. After the TA is completed, any procured equipment will be disposed in compliance with ADB guidelines on administering grant-financed TA projects. Disbursements under this TA will be made in accordance with ADB''s Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). The project officer and other ADB experts will serve as contributors to the research and development of the knowledge products or as resource persons during the workshops to be conducted under this TA.
Responsible ADB Officer Arjun Goswami
Responsible ADB Department SDTC
Responsible ADB Division SDTC-RCI
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Jayant Menon
[email protected]
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 May 2015
Fact Finding 19 Mar 2015 to 23 Mar 2015
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2019

TA 9032-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2015 - 10 Dec 2015 31 Dec 2016 31 Dec 2019 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 850,000.00 10 Dec 2015 604,643.64

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Aug 2019 12 Aug 2019
Program Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Aug 2019 08 Aug 2019
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Jul 2019 06 Aug 2019
Economist (Regional Cooperation) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Apr 2019 01 May 2019
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2018 04 Dec 2018
Program Coordinator/Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Nov 2018 04 Dec 2018
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Aug 2018 22 Aug 2018
Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jan 2018 18 Jan 2018
Economics and Copy Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Oct 2017 25 Oct 2017

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

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