Regional: Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025

Sovereign Project | 50250-001

The TA seeks to support the implementation of the SASEC Operational Plan 20162025, and to support new initiatives to address emerging development issues and opportunities in the SASEC countries. The operational plan lists 40 projects worth around $25 billion being considered for ADB financing from 20162018. A number of these projects require further work (e.g., scoping, pre-feasibility studies). The operational plan also contains a long list of potential projects which the TA will further work on to develop a firm pipeline through 2025. Moreover, emerging issues and opportunities in SASEC will require studies and analytical work to determine possible new approaches and initiatives consistent with the strategic objectives and priorities of the operational plan. These include ports-led connectivity, economic corridor development, and links to Southeast Asia via Myanmar, which is expected to become a member of SASEC.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Hayashi, Tadateru
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025
Project Number 50250-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9231-REG: Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9231-REG: Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.50 million
TA 9231-REG: Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution - Energy sector development and institutional reform - Oil and gas transmission and distribution

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

Transport / Multimodal logistics - Road transport (non-urban) - Transport policies and institutional development

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA seeks to support the implementation of the SASEC Operational Plan 20162025, and to support new initiatives to address emerging development issues and opportunities in the SASEC countries. The operational plan lists 40 projects worth around $25 billion being considered for ADB financing from 20162018. A number of these projects require further work (e.g., scoping, pre-feasibility studies). The operational plan also contains a long list of potential projects which the TA will further work on to develop a firm pipeline through 2025. Moreover, emerging issues and opportunities in SASEC will require studies and analytical work to determine possible new approaches and initiatives consistent with the strategic objectives and priorities of the operational plan. These include ports-led connectivity, economic corridor development, and links to Southeast Asia via Myanmar, which is expected to become a member of SASEC. The TA will cover the following: (i) support for project identification, scoping, and preliminary assessments; (ii) RCI studies and other analytical work to address key development issues in the subregion, including the preparation of framework agreements on new initiatives; and (iii) conferences, workshops, and other outreach activities on RCI, economic corridor, and other priority initiatives. The first will help refine the initial list of potential projects in the operational plan towards developing a firm pipeline of well-formulated projects through SASEC 2025. The second will generate analytical work on emerging issues in SASEC as the basis for framing new initiatives, including cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder programs (i.e., economic corridor development). The third will provide the forums to disseminate the results of studies; promote awareness of issues and discuss possible approaches or initiatives; and share knowledge, experiences, and good practices.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The next 10 years will be particularly challenging for South Asia as it strives to regain and sustain its growth momentum and, more importantly, ensure that this growth is inclusive. The key challenges include (i) increasing productivity and investment; (ii) creating jobs; (iii) mitigating macroeconomic and structural vulnerabilities; (iv) addressing the problem of lagging regions and improving social services delivery to these areas; (v) addressing vulnerabilities to global trends in energy and food, and confronting climate change's effects; and (vi) addressing constraints to faster integration, such as the high cost to trade, and low quality of infrastructure and institutions. These challenges are compounded by the wide diversity among countries in the region in terms of market size, geography, and resource endowments, making for highly uneven growth patterns. A huge infrastructure deficit is impacting growth, and more importantly, the quality of life. Connectivity among the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) countries and with those outside the subregion is poor. Within SASEC countries, many areas do not have access to reliable electricity connection, safe water supply, and adequate road and transportation facilities. Regional cooperation and integration (RCI) will play an important role in addressing these challenges amid the significant economic developments happening in Asia and the rest of the world. To address these challenges, the SASEC Operational Plan 20162025 aims to expand SASEC's focus beyond intra-regional cooperation to linkages with Southeast and East Asia, thus widening the scope of transport, trade facilitation, and energy cooperation. Economic and industrial corridor development, which will arise from improved connectivity, has been added as a priority initiative. Studies on developing economic and industrial corridors in SASEC countries is either planned or under way to help address some of the key challenges facing the SASEC subregion.
Impact

Trade and economic cooperation within SASEC subregion increased, economic linkages between SASEC subregion and East and Southeast Asia enhanced, and inclusive economic growth in the SASEC subregion improved and sustained

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Investments in RCI and other key regional development initiatives in the SASEC subregion scaled up

Progress Toward Outcome SASEC countries endorsed the SASEC Operational Plan Update during the Meeting of SASEC Nodal Officials' and Working Groups in Seoul, ROK on 18-19 March 2019.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

3-year rolling pipeline of priority regional cooperation projects and initiatives agreed by the SASEC member countries

RCI analytical work and other operationally- relevant knowledge products completed

Knowledge sharing and capacity development of SASEC countries implemented

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

The SASEC Operational Plan 2016-2025 was updated and discussed during the Meeting of the SASEC Nodal Officials and Working Groups held in Singapore on 5-6 March 2018.

The TA will assist in developing 3 flagship initiatives identified under the SASEC vision document, which are:

1. supporting cross border power trade

2. supporting LPG transshipment and storage hub

3. supporting pipeline corridor for crude oil and petroleum supply

The TA also conducted a Study on Promoting SASEC as a Tourist Destination, which has been identified as a flagship initiative in the SASEC Vision document.

The TA supported the meeting of the SASEC Customs Subgroup held on 30-31 July 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The TA supported the holding of the Meeting of SASEC Nodal Officials and Working Groups held in Seoul, ROK on 18-19 March 2019.

The TA was updated on 3 April 2020 to support SARD DMCs (i) a rapid desk-review assessment of COVID-19 impact on health sector; (ii) rapid desk-review assessments of COVID-19 impact on education sector; (iii) rapid desk-review assessments of the affected groups across selected DMCs, gaps in existing social protection systems, and potential measures to address the major gaps; (iv) a quick survey on the use of online learning resources and other means of teaching and learning support during school closures; (v) organize virtual idea competitions; and (vi) due diligence support such as procurement, financial management, environmental and social safeguard for preparation of potential intervention measures.

The TA supported the recruitment of consultants (animal health and human health experts) for a One Health Scoping Study, to assess key capacity gaps, constraints and unmet resources needs in the implementation of One Health in SASEC member countries at both country and regional level and identify opportunities for addressing issues in different sectors with One Health relevance through regional cooperation approach.

Geographical Location Regional
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 The TA will engage 59 person-months of international consultants and 63 person-months of national consultants as individuals. These consultants will report to the designated international staff member of SARD, who will act as team leader and supervise the consultants' work. Consultants will be recruited in accordance with the ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Hayashi, Tadateru
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Sep 2016
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 15 Nov 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Nov 2021

TA 9231-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Nov 2016 - 15 Nov 2016 20 Nov 2020 14 Nov 2021 01 Feb 2022
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
7,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 7,000,000.00 28 Jul 2022 5,496,442.80

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Accreditation of Online Courses in Higher Education—Early Adopters in the European Union, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia Papers and Briefs Nov 2021
Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Bhutan National Study Reports Nov 2021
The Republic of Korea’s Coronavirus Disease Pandemic Response and Health System Preparedness Reports Sep 2021
COVID-19 Impact on Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Sri Lanka Papers and Briefs Mar 2021
Online Learning in Sri Lanka’s Higher Education Institutions during the COVID-19 Pandemic Papers and Briefs Sep 2020
Quality in Urban Health Care Services in India Papers and Briefs Jul 2020
Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: India National Study Reports Jan 2020
Training Facility Norms and Standard Equipment Lists: Volume 2 – Mechatronics Technology Guides Nov 2019
Maritime Cooperation in SASEC: South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Reports Oct 2019
Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Nepal National Study Reports May 2019
Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Sri Lanka National Study Reports Apr 2019
Potential Exports and Nontariff Barriers to Trade: Maldives National Study Reports Mar 2019
SASEC Vision – Myanmar Reports Jan 2019
Training Facility Norms and Standard Equipment Lists: Volume 1 – Precision Engineering or Machining Guides Dec 2018
Textbook Policies in Asia: Development, Publishing, Printing, Distribution, and Future Implications Reports Dec 2018
Trade Costs, Time, and Supply Chain Reliability Papers and Briefs Jun 2018
Trade Facilitation and Innovation: Evidence from South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Countries Papers and Briefs Apr 2018

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Higher Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Jul 2021 14 Jul 2021
Higher Education Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jul 2021 07 Jul 2021
One Health (Animal Health) Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Feb 2021 23 Feb 2021
One Health (Human Health) Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Feb 2021 23 Feb 2021
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 04 Nov 2020 12 Nov 2020
Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 - Survey Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 21 May 2020 27 May 2020
Tourism Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 06 May 2020 15 May 2020
Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 - Environmental and Social Safeguard Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Apr 2020 28 Apr 2020
Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 - Civil Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2020 22 Apr 2020
Regional Project Development Support for the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Operational Plan, 2016-2025 - Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Apr 2020 20 Apr 2020
Knowledge Management and Operations Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Feb 2020 27 Feb 2020
Labor Market Big Data Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Nov 2019 28 Nov 2019
Economic Research Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2019 27 Nov 2019
High Technology Agriculture Education Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019
Editor (Human and Social Development) Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Oct 2019 31 Oct 2019
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2019 17 May 2019
Labor Market Big Data Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2019 17 May 2019
Project Manager/Coordinator, Strategy and Operations Individual - Consulting Closed 01 May 2019 07 May 2019
Editor (Human and Social Development) Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Feb 2019 20 Feb 2019
Graphic Artist/Typesetter Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Feb 2019 19 Feb 2019
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jan 2019 15 Jan 2019
Human Capital Project Development Specialist (Survey Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2018 29 Oct 2018
Human Capital Project Development (Economic Research Assistant) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Oct 2018 29 Oct 2018
Sector Strategy Expert -Tourism Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Sep 2018 01 Oct 2018
Regional Cooperation Expert (Trade Facilitation) Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jun 2018 11 Jun 2018
Maritime Specialist (Policy and Regulation) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 May 2018 18 May 2018
Trade Specialist (Regional Cooperation) Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Mar 2018 29 Mar 2018
Logistics Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2018 15 Mar 2018
Specialist in Human Capital and Agriculture Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Mar 2018 08 Mar 2018
Trade Facilitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 14 Feb 2018 20 Feb 2018
Research Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2018 07 Feb 2018
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jan 2018 05 Feb 2018
Regional Trade Facilitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jan 2018 02 Feb 2018
Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Dec 2017 27 Dec 2017
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Dec 2017 22 Dec 2017
Trade Facilitation Consultant- Bhutan Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Dec 2017 21 Dec 2017
Economics Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Dec 2017 19 Dec 2017
Regional Cooperation Specialist - India Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Dec 2017 25 Dec 2017
Trade Facilitation Coordinating Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2017 06 Dec 2017
Trade Facilitation Coordinating Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2017 06 Dec 2017
Research Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Nov 2017 29 Nov 2017
Publication Designer Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Nov 2017 22 Nov 2017
Web Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2017 27 Sep 2017
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2017 27 Sep 2017
Web Content Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Sep 2017 27 Sep 2017
International Policy and Regulatory Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2017 30 Aug 2017
International Cross Border Power Trading Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2017 30 Aug 2017
International Power Sector Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Aug 2017 30 Aug 2017
Sector Strategy Expert - Border Infrastructure Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2017 11 Aug 2017
Economist (Regional Cooperation) Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2017 09 Aug 2017
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Jul 2017 01 Aug 2017
Regional cooperation expert - NEP Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017
Regional Cooperation Specialist - India Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jul 2017 28 Jul 2017
Trade Facilitation/ Transport Coordinating Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jul 2017 18 Jul 2017
Project Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jun 2017 06 Jul 2017
RCI Expert - Customs Authorized Economic Operators Program Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jun 2017 06 Jul 2017
Trade Facilitation Expert (SPS/TBT) (Maldives) Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Apr 2017 27 Apr 2017

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