Regional: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018-2020

Sovereign Project | 50160-001

The proposed TA cluster will comprise 3 TA subprojects encompassing production of the 2018-2020 KIs. These TA subprojects are chronologically sequenced. The cluster TA will support the following activities: (i) preparation of background research papers, (ii) continued data collection from national, international and ADB sources and modernization of ADB database systems such as the SDBS, (iii) publications hard copy and online versions of KI including the production of statistical tables for SDGs, country and regional trends, GVC's and special chapter, and (iv) consultation workshops for knowledge sharing and dissemination of key results and policy recommendations. As necessary, background research papers will be published through appropriate vehicles chosen to maximize the dissemination and impact of the analyses conducted (e.g., blogs, op-eds, policy briefs, journal publications, and/or edited volumes).

Project Name Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018-2020
Project Number 50160-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 0022-REG: Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018-2020 (Cluster TA)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Finance / Finance sector development

Health / Health system development

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Information and communication technology / ICT infrastructure

Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed TA cluster will comprise 3 TA subprojects encompassing production of the 2018-2020 KIs. These TA subprojects are chronologically sequenced. The cluster TA will support the following activities: (i) preparation of background research papers, (ii) continued data collection from national, international and ADB sources and modernization of ADB database systems such as the SDBS, (iii) publications hard copy and online versions of KI including the production of statistical tables for SDGs, country and regional trends, GVC's and special chapter, and (iv) consultation workshops for knowledge sharing and dissemination of key results and policy recommendations. As necessary, background research papers will be published through appropriate vehicles chosen to maximize the dissemination and impact of the analyses conducted (e.g., blogs, op-eds, policy briefs, journal publications, and/or edited volumes).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

To provide the policy makers, researchers and analysts working on development issues in the DMCs with a strong data and information support system and research for evidence-based policy making, the ERCD prepares the KI. It is one of the annual flagship publications of the ADB.

The publication provides the latest comprehensive compendium and analysis of trends in economic, social, financial, and environmental indicators including SDG indicators of ADB's regional members. Starting from 2015, the KI also provides reliable and accurate statistics on global value chains (GVCs) that capture trade linkages across countries and industries while accounting for the complex input-output relationships involved in producing goods and services. In addition to disseminating these statistics through print and digital media, the KI's associated online database the ADB's Statistical Database System (SDBS) features a user-friendly interface with which to access and analyze statistics on a variety of economic and social themes. A related online resource accessible to ADB staff, the Statistics Portal, disseminates information regarding statistics resources available in ADB and offers links to non-ADB data resources.

The KI also contains a special chapter that provides in-depth, data-intensive policy analysis of an important policy issue. Candidate topics for the special chapters include urbanization and agglomeration economies; innovation, trade and jobs; effective technical vocational education and training systems; human capital competitiveness; poverty and inequality; global value chains; infrastructure development, optimal structuring of public-private partnerships, and measurement issues relevant to public policy research.

To continue annual publication of the KI, the proposed TA cluster will support the preparation of the 49th, 50th and 51st editions of the KI. The project will also support follow-up studies on the topics related to the KI special chapters and preliminary studies to explore strategically significant topics for future KIs. Publication of KI reports will not result in the end of research on these topics, but are intended to provoke thoughtful feedback and interesting discussions within and outside ADB. In this case, follow-up studies could generate considerable knowledge returns and be published as KI supplements. To ensure that important and attractive relevant topics for inclusive policy development in the region can be continuously developed for future KIs, some kind of feasibility assessment and consultation will be utilized to identify unanswered questions as well as lay out approaches to address the relevant questions.

In order to address the absence of sufficient data and indicators that can inform and drive public policy to ensure that the region continues to reap the development effects it is important that ADB continues to support initiatives to develop data and statistics. In particular, the TA will continue to support innovative statistics related work on GVC indicators as these are important to understanding the benefits of trade for the region's entrepreneurs and workers. These statistics are the results of ERDI's initiatives to pioneer the production of original data on indicators to facilitate the quantification and analysis of the phenomenon of international production sharing in the globalized economy. While measuring the scale and structure of GVCs is a highly complicated task, the division has implemented cutting-edge methods that provide a powerful framework for measurement. Building on these developments, the TA will help selected DMCs to produce relevant data for more credible measurement and policy analysis on GVC issues.

Impact The KI influences evidence-based policy making, investment decisions, and project design in ADB's DMCs and raises ADB's profile
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Use of KI data and analysis for evidence-based policy-making by DMC officials and economic researchers, and enhanced profile of ADB as a developer of new insights
Progress Toward Outcome So far, Subprojects 1 and 2 (Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018 [KI 2018] and KI2019) have been approved for implementation. Preparation of the statistics portion of Key Indicators 2018 has commenced and is targetted for release in the 3rd quarter of 2018, while background work are ongoing for the special report on urbanization (KI 2018's theme and due for release in 2019) and for the special report on entrepreneurship and firm dynamics (KI 2019's theme and due for release in 2020).
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Research papers and statistics for KI prepared and published

Development of ADB Statistics Portal, SDBS and related data systems implemented and upgraded

Workshops for knowledge sharing and dissemination conducted

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1) For the statistics portion of KI 2018, national consultants have been engaged to assist in the preparation of the tables and the publication. Current activity includes the updating of statistical partners and preparation of questionnaires on country tables. Research work on the special reports on urbanization (KI 2018's theme) and entrepreneurship and firm dynamics (KI 2019 theme) are ongoing.

2) The enhanced version of AsiaData, which now runs on new versions of operating systems for Android and Apple devices, was made available on 13 February 2018.

3) Knowledge consultation workshops for the special reports on urbanization (under Subproject 1) and entrepreneurship and firm dynamics (under Subproject 2) will be conducted in 2019 and 2020, respectively, once initial drafts of the background papers have been prepared. Dissemination seminars and events will be conducted after the reports have been published.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the TA processing stage, the TA was internally circulated within ADB for review and comments.
During Project Implementation Coordination with statistical partners from DMCs is being done in the updating and validating selected economic indicators for KI country tables.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services 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).
Procurement ADB, whenever necessary, will procure equipment in accordance with its Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). Procurement will be coordinated with relevant departments whenever necessary. Equipment purchased will comply with ADB guidelines on accountability of assets purchased under technical assistance, and disposal will follow the procedures as per relevant project administration instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Schipper, Stefan
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division EROD-SDI
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 May 2016
Fact Finding 14 Jun 2022 to 14 Jun 2022
MRM -
Approval 05 Sep 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Mar 2018

TA 0022-REG

Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00 - 0.00

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