Regional : Implementing the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan

Sovereign Project | 51155-001

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the preparation of demand driven analytical work in innovative areas of connectivity and competitiveness to promote new regional cooperation and integration (RCI) operations and collective action to help address key issues affecting the future of RCI in the region over the medium term. It will also develop systematic methods to enhance the quality of RCI project classification and operations reporting. The TA will draw on ground level experience of operational departments and joint work with various sector and thematic groups.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Butiong, Ronald Antonio Q.
    Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Multisector
Project Name Implementing the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan
Project Number 51155-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9350-REG: Implementing the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
ATF - DFID-United Kingdom US$ 150,000.00
TA 9350-REG: Implementing the Regional Cooperation and Integration Operational Plan (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

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

Gender No gender elements
Description The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the preparation of demand driven analytical work in innovative areas of connectivity and competitiveness to promote new regional cooperation and integration (RCI) operations and collective action to help address key issues affecting the future of RCI in the region over the medium term. It will also develop systematic methods to enhance the quality of RCI project classification and operations reporting. The TA will draw on ground level experience of operational departments and joint work with various sector and thematic groups.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy This corporate priority TA aims to support the implementation of the Operational Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration, 2016-2020 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved in September 2016. The operational plan provides guidance for ADB's RCI operations in assisting developing member countries (DMCs) to harness increased benefits through improved cooperation and integration
Impact

Regional connectivity and competitiveness in connected markets and Asia's collective action leadership strengthened

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Options for more innovative RCI interventions developed

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

New areas of connectivity supported

Competitiveness through new opportunities supported

Asia''s collective action leadership supported

Quality of operations and reporting of results enhanced

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

Output 2: Competitiveness through new opportunities supported - An Interim report has been prepared for the Scoping Study on RCI between Indonesia and Timor-Leste through the establishment of a cross border economic zone linked to an economic corridor. Background work has been undertaken for the second component of output 2 to address cross border agricultural trade. to solidify the scoping study, a reconnaissance mission was conducted from 28 June to 22 July with the goal of discussing an aide memoire with Fergana Valley countries. Individual consultants will be engaged by May 2019.

On output 4, Under the project classification component, recruitment of consultants began in the last quarter of 2017. Several key milestones of this component have been accomplished. The RCI project classification handbook was successfully revised and used during the training in October 2018. The first RCI corporate progress report was published and launched during the RCI Week in November 2017. Under the second component, the RCI information system related to project mapping has been initiated and will be capped off by April 2019. Emerging area assessments were submitted by consultants and will be published in 3rd Quarter 2019.

Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held in February 2017 by a Bank wide mission team with Government agencies in Dili and Jakarta on the scope, proposed focal points, and inputs needed for the RCI study.
During Project Implementation

Inception mission was conducted in August 2017 in Jakarta to gain feedback on literature review and proposed methodology. Inception and consultation mission was conducted in Dili, West Timor and Jakarta in October and November 2017. This included visits by the team to Oecussi and the border control post at Batugade-Motaain. Cross government stakeholder consultations were undertaken alongside financial institutions, NGOs, private businesses and development partners.

This mission resulted in the development of individual reports for the four components of the study (i) trade & investment (ii) transport infrastructure (iii) business development and financial services (iv) special economic zones by December. This were combined into an Interim Report with initial recommendations. This was presented at a joint Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the 28th February 2018.

The objective of the FGD was to (i) discuss the interim findings and recommendations from the Scoping Study on greater cooperation and integration between Indonesia and Timor-Leste; and (ii) receive guidance and comments on which recommendations should be developed in the Final Report. The FGD included participants from Indonesia and Timor-Leste and it was the first time that representatives from both countries have held joint discussions on this study.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will require about 53 person months of individual international and 60 person-months of individual national consultancy services. Firms will be engaged for a total of 7 person-months to undertake surveys under outputs 2 and 3.
Responsible ADB Officer Butiong, Ronald Antonio Q.
Responsible ADB Department Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation & Integration Thematic Group
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 14 Jul 2017
Fact Finding 24 Apr 2017 to 12 May 2017
MRM -
Approval 31 Jul 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Mar 2019

TA 9350-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 31 Jan 2020 29 Jul 2022 21 Oct 2022
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,200,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,350,000.00 18 Oct 2023 1,701,571.18

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Database Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Database Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Specialist and Development Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation and Knowledge Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
RCI Knowledge Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist/Regional Cooperation and Integration Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Ports Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environmental Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
PRC Food Import Specialist – Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Food Trade Logistics Specialist – Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade and Investment Policy Specialist – Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Border Crossing Infrastructure Specialist – Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Horticulture Value Chain Specialist – Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade Facilitation Specialist-Team Member Individual - Consulting Closed
Horticulture Value Chain Specialist – Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
RCI Specialist/Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Development Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Natural Resource Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist/Strategic Planning Specialist/Regional Cooperation and Integration Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist/ Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Trade and Investment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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