49403-001: People's Republic of Bangladesh: Support for Economic Data Development and Research to Facilitate Evidence-Based Policy-Making | Asian Development Bank

Bangladesh: People's Republic of Bangladesh: Support for Economic Data Development and Research to Facilitate Evidence-Based Policy-Making

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49403-001 Status: Proposed

The proposed technical assistance (TA) will assist Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) with implementing the Integrated Business Survey (IBS) to complement national statistics on economic activity and global value chains (GVC), including areas and sectors not covered previously or not adequately covered. The survey will help fill the information gap on the services sector and the sub-regional distribution of economic activity. Such information is crucial for policy-makers to be able to identify the potential for thrust sectors to develop alongside providing timely and reliable information to major stakeholders in the service sectors. In addition to supporting the IBS, the proposed TA will help establish a fully functional statistical business register, enhance the quality of price statistics, develop an efficient economic data production system based on the national accounts framework and improve economic data collection methods using information technology.

Project Details

Project Officer
Mariasingham, Mahinthan Joseph Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name People's Republic of Bangladesh: Support for Economic Data Development and Research to Facilitate Evidence-Based Policy-Making
Project Number 49403-001
Country
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA: People's Republic of Bangladesh: Support for Economic Data Development and Research to Facilitate Evidence-Based Policy-Making
Government of the United Kingdom US$ 1.40 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The proposed technical assistance (TA) will assist Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) with implementing the Integrated Business Survey (IBS) to complement national statistics on economic activity and global value chains (GVC), including areas and sectors not covered previously or not adequately covered. The survey will help fill the information gap on the services sector and the sub-regional distribution of economic activity. Such information is crucial for policy-makers to be able to identify the potential for thrust sectors to develop alongside providing timely and reliable information to major stakeholders in the service sectors. In addition to supporting the IBS, the proposed TA will help establish a fully functional statistical business register, enhance the quality of price statistics, develop an efficient economic data production system based on the national accounts framework and improve economic data collection methods using information technology. Finally, the TA will produce at least two research studies on GVCs through the development of key sectors, particularly services, using the survey data collected. This will be partially achieved through a pilot survey of firms in selected sectors (including thrust' sectors) with export potential, as well as their suppliers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA has a close linkage with the objectives of the 7th 5-year plan of the country and National Strategy for the Development of the Statistics (NSDS). According to the NSDS, the Industry and Labor Wing of the BBS should generate reliable statistics on service sectors, including wholesale and retail trade, hotel and restaurant, and small manufacturing. Indeed, one of the main objectives of the 7th 5-year plan (2016-2020) is the Strengthening of the BBS is probably the topmost priority for instituting a result based Monitoring and evaluation. Under the Seventh Plan time interval, the Government will offer greater effort to generate high quality data in a timely fashion by strengthening the capacity and scope of BBS. Developing partners and donors are expected to be involved in the implementation of the NSDS. It is also consistent with the aim of boosting industrial production and other employment opportunities in the industry and service sector.
Impact The intended impact of the proposed TA is to improve the quality, timeliness, relevance, and frequency of economic statistics produced by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) on all the productive sectors including the manufacturing and service sectors to support the compilation of national accounts, global value chain related estimates, and the 7th 5-year plan of the country to promote evidence based policymaking. The research agenda of the technical assistance will also provide policy-makers with a better understanding of the productive sector and insight into implementing more effective export promotion policies.
Outcome Regular conduct of the Integrated Business Survey with government support.
Outputs

1. A cost-effective survey design for the Integrated Business Survey developed

2. A fully functional Statistical Business Register established, installed and tested

3. The quality of CPI and PPI enhanced

4. Trainings for management and technical staff on effective and efficient data management and on survey design, sampling techniques and methodologies, and analysis of survey data implemented

5. Modernization of the national statistical system particularly the national accounts achieved

6. Results of the pilot firm-level data, Integrated Business Survey, global value chains, and other economic and social statistics generated

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations with BBS will be required to finalize the implementation of the project. The scope of the discussions will include (i) the finalization of survey design of the Integrated Business Survey, (ii) the selection of counterpart staff that will be trained to implement the sampling procedure and the conduct the survey field work, and related activities on GVC and research studies.
During Project Implementation Close coordination with the Bangladesh Resident Mission, Department for International Development , and other developmental partners is needed to ensure that there is no duplication of activities.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will contract for a total of 223.5 person-months of individual consulting services (19.5 person-months international and 204 person-months national) to implement the proposed TA. All consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time) and any procurement under this TA will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Equipment will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time) like personal computers, handheld devices, printers, scanners, and other supplies related to the conduct of training and field survey.
Responsible ADB Officer Mariasingham, Mahinthan Joseph
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Development Indicators and Policy Research Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Feb 2016
Fact Finding 02 May 2016 to 31 May 2016
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Feb 2016

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