|Project Name||Sustaining the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion|
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development
Education / Technical and vocational education and training
Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution
Health / Disease control of communicable disease
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services
Public sector management / Public administration
Transport / Transport policies and institutional development
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Impact||Regional cooperation and integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion sustained.|
|Description of Outcome||Implementation of the GMS Program is more effective.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||As of the RIF 2022 Second Progress Report and Update (November 2019), approved financing (in USD value) increased to 55.2 billion (from 53.2 billion in March 2019 and from 38.7 billion in March 2018). Moreover, during the same period, 26 projects were completed while 81 were ongoing and 118 still proposed. Thus, in terms of number of projects, 42% commenced implementation as of November 2019.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
GMS Coordination and Decision Making Mechanisms Strengthened.
Project identification, resource mobilization, and results monitoring mechanism improved.
Knowledge-based strategic planning enhanced.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
In support of enhancing knowledge-based strategic planning, the TA supported/is currently supporting the preparation of the proposed new Long-term Strategic Framework of the GMS Program (GMS 2030) as mandated by the Leaders during their 6th GMS Summit. A draft was first presented at the GMS Senior Officials' Retreat in June 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand, and was subsequently presented to GMS Ministers for review during the 23rd Ministerial Conference on 17-18 November 2019. A Research program to support GMS 2030 is also being developed through the TA.
The TA supported the organization and conduct of the 23rd Ministerial Conference (MC-23) on 17-18 November 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia carrying a theme, "Greater Integration, Inclusivity and Sustainability in the GMS_. MC-23 brought together about 200 participants, consisting of Ministers and Senior Officials of the six GMS countries, representatives from ADB, development partners, and the private sector, to lay the groundwork for the 7th GMS Summit set in 2021. The GMS Ministers (i) discussed the draft of the proposed GMS Strategy 2030 for reflecting the GMS vision, aspirations, and goals; (ii) reviewed the preliminary results of a research program that aims to support the implementation of the proposed GMS 2030; and (iii) endorsed the GMS Regional Investment Framework (RIF) 2022: Second Progress Report and Update. A Development Partners' Meeting was also held on the sidelines of the conference. GMS countries and their development partners reaffirmed their commitment to work together to achieve the goals of the GMS Program.
The TA earlier supported the 10th Economic Corridors' Forum and GMS Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on 12-13 December 2018. Bearing the theme, _Extending Corridors for Inclusive Connectivity in the GMS_, the ECF-10 gathered about 150 participants, consisting of Ministers and other high-level officials of the six GMS countries, representatives of the private sector, international development organizations, and other institutions. It reviewed and discussed initiatives and interventions aimed at accelerating the development of the GMS economic corridors by effectively contributing to the pursuit of the 3Cs connectivity, competitiveness and community.
Provided secretariat support to or supported the organization of various GMS Working Group (WG) meetings to discuss and firm up GMS sector strategies, plans and, projects. The WG meetings supported by way of knowledge sharing and secretariat assistance are as follows: (i) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA), 29-30 May 2018, and 3-4 April 2019 (Consultation Workshop on WGA) and 17-18 June 2019; (ii) Working Group on Environment, 1-2 April 2019 (iii) Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee, 19-20 June 2018, 21-22 March 2019, and 25-27 November 2019; (iv) Tourism Working Group and Mekong Tourism Forum, 25-29 June 2018, 4-5 December 2018, 27-29 May 2019, 27-29 November 2019; (v) WG on Health Cooperation, 10-11 December 2018 and 12-13 December 2019; and (vi) Urban Development WG, 4-5 July 2018; and 5-6 Dec 2019. The Urban WG meeting in Dec 2019 was also funded by the TA.
The TA also supported the organization and conduct of the 22nd Meeting of the GMS Subregional Transport Forum (STF-22) in Mandalay, Myanmar on 21-22 June 2018. The forum discussed ways toward achieving the thrusts and priorities set in the new GMS Transport Sector Strategy (TSS) 2030, including the review of the GMS transport sector projects in the GMS Regional Investment Framework (RIF) 2022 to provide inputs to the RIF 2022 First Review and Update, as well as other important transport sector issues, such as road safety and an assessment of the state of development of the GMS economic/transport corridors. The TA-supported 23rd Meeting of the Forum (STF-23) held in Bangkok, Thailand on 14-15 August 2019, to review various efforts toward implementing TSS 2030, including increasing the private sector's engagement, particularly through the GMS Freight Transport Association (FRETA); review of the progress of the GMS Cross Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (CBTA) _Early Harvest_ implementation and the progress of work and plans for the Greater Mekong Railway Association (GMRA); and exchange of country experiences in highway development as well as further efforts toward enhancing road safety in GMS countries. It also conducted the annual review (for 2019) of the pipeline of GMS transport sector projects in RIF 2022.
The TA also supported the development of a sound concept for a regional investment project on Transboundary animal disease control for competitive livestock value chains in the GMS in consultation with key stakeholders in GMS countries, and based on individual country needs, capacities and circumstances.
Moreover, the TA supported/is currently supporting the production of various GMS knowledge products:
(1) Updated Regional Investment Framework (RIF) 2022 endorsed by the GMS Ministers This serves as a regional pipeline and planning document for resource mobilization publicly. The RIF 2022 First Progress Report was circulated on March 2019 and the Second Progress Report on November 2019;
(2) 4th edition of the GMS Statistical Database booklet (2018) builds on information from previous three editions. Two chapters (tourism and health) were added and the energy chapter was completely revised.
(3) GMS Projects Database This functions as a geo-database for spatial and area planning of the GMS. GMS Projects Database is regularly updated and website is active with GMS Projects.
(4) GMS Program website (www.greatermekong.org) This was developed and maintained as host for GMS statistics, projects database, and dissemination of information of the GMS Program, including articles and e-newsletters highlighting key developments in the GMS. The GMS Program website was transferred in December 2019 to a new and more secure server with bigger storage capacity and bandwidth. During the transfer, the content management system for the main GMS Program site and Projects database were updated. Given the bigger hosting/server capacity, the GMS Program website is also hosting the websites of the WGA and WG on Environment.
(5) Pilot Study on Section-Specific Planning for the North-South Economic Corridor, Subcorridor 5 (NSEC-5) in Myanmar and the People's Republic of China This study is the first to (i) involve NSEC-5 in GMS economic corridor planning; and (ii) focus on a specific economic corridor route in the GMS. The preparatory phases 1 and 2 (national consultations in Myanmar and the PRC, and a joint workshop in Myanmar) were completed in December 2018. The preparation of the full study was endorsed by GMS countries at the 10th GMS Economic Corridors Forum in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Inception mission was conducted from 28 June to 4 July 2019 and the national consultant's draft country reports (2 economic overview and 8 sector reports) were circulated for review by ADB sector and country focals as well as the government of PRC and Myanmar in December 2019.
(6) Draft GMS Strategy 2030 (GMS 2030) and the Results Framework - The GMS 2030 provides a new framework for the subregion to act collectively to respond to powerful trends that affect the GMS. On the other hand, GMS 2030 Results Framework measures the achievement of the GMS 2030's objectives.
|Geographical Location||Cambodia - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The TA concept paper was presented at the GMS Senior Officials Meeting on 7 July 2017 in Bangkok. ADB's support to GMS was greatly appreciated by GMS officials.|
|During Project Implementation||
The TA supported preparation of briefing papers and presentations on outcomes and directives from the 6th GMS Summit for sector working group meetings that met in H1 of 2018 (Agriculture, Tourism, Energy, Transport, Urban Development and Health) with participation of officials from 6 GMS countries, development partners, and representatives of private sector and civil society.
The TA also supported the preparatory phases (1 and 2) of the proposed Pilot Study on Section-Specific Planning for the North-South Economic Corridor, Subcorridor 5 (NSEC-5) in Myanmar and the PRC, wherein national consultations with officials from relevant ministries/agencies and local resource persons/experts in both countries were conducted. A Joint consultations between PRC and Myanmar was also held.
GMS Senior Officials and Ministers have also been consulted a number of times on the Long-term Strategic Framework of the GMS Program (GMS 2030).
A total 223 total individual consulting inputs will be allocated as follows:
(i) 24 person-months to eight international consultants,
(ii) 196 person-months to 21 national consultants and
(iii) three person months to seven resource persons. The international contracts (including out-of-pocket expenses) are estimated to cost $442,000 while the national contracts are estimated at $644,000. The total package for the resource persons/facilitators (under the workshop budget) is estimated at $58,000. Individual consultants will be recruited using Individual Consultant Selection.
|Procurement||In organizing meetings and workshops, ADB will procure goods and services such as rental of equipment and meeting rooms using the Shopping Method.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sumbal, Asadullah Khan|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||11 Sep 2017|
|Approval||30 Oct 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|30 Oct 2017||-||30 Oct 2017||31 Dec 2019||30 Sep 2020||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000,000.00||30 Oct 2017||1,472,040.28|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sustaining the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2017|
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Greater Mekong Subregion: Twenty-Five Years of Partnership||Books||Dec 2018|
|The Role of Special Economic Zones in Improving Effectiveness of Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors||Country Planning Documents||Nov 2018|
|GMS Transport Sector Strategy 2030: Toward a Seamless, Efficient, Reliable, and Sustainable GMS Transport System||Policies, Strategies, and Plans||Nov 2018|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|GMS Secretariat Coordinator Peoples Republic of China Resident Mission||Individual - Consulting||Closed||07 May 2020||20 May 2020|
|Support the implementation of the SOURCE Platform in the Greater Mekong Sub-region||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2020||01 Apr 2020|
|Web Writer and Content Manager||Individual - Consulting||Closed||24 Jul 2019||26 Jul 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for NSEC: Electric Power Dev't (PRC)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Apr 2019||22 Apr 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for NSEC: Agriculture and Agribusiness Specialist (PRC)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Apr 2019||14 Apr 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Transport Economist (PRC)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Apr 2019||07 Apr 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Transport Economist (Myanmar)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||26 Mar 2019||28 Mar 2019|
|GMS Strategy 2030||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Mar 2019||27 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Tourism (PRC)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Mar 2019||24 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for the North-South Economic Corridor: Agriculture (Myanmar)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2019||28 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Electric Power Dev't (Myanmar)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Mar 2019||25 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Economist (PRC)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||13 Mar 2019||19 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Economist (Myanmar)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Mar 2019||22 Mar 2019|
|Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Tourism (Myanmar)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||12 Mar 2019||21 Mar 2019|
|North-South Economic Corridor in Myanmar and PRC||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Nov 2018||14 Nov 2018|
|Transboundary Livestock Disease Control Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Sep 2018||25 Sep 2018|
|GMS Corridor Assessment||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Sep 2018||14 Sep 2018|
|Economist - North-South Economic Corridor||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Aug 2018||23 Aug 2018|
|Spatial Planning and GIS Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||14 Jul 2018||20 Jul 2018|
|Web Technical Developer and Administrator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Apr 2018||27 Apr 2018|
|Web Writer and Content Manager||Individual - Consulting||Closed||21 Apr 2018||27 Apr 2018|
|GMS Secretariat Coordinator (Viet Nam)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||20 Apr 2018||26 Apr 2018|
|GMS Secretariat Coordinator (Lao PDR)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||20 Apr 2018||26 Apr 2018|
|Regional Cooperation Coordination Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||19 Apr 2018||25 Apr 2018|
|Regional Cooperation Coordination Specialist (Urban and Trade and Tansportation Facilitation)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Apr 2018||24 Apr 2018|
|Regional Cooperation Coordination Specialist (Health, Agri, Tourism)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Apr 2018||24 Apr 2018|
|Project Coordinator and Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Apr 2018||24 Apr 2018|
|Statistics Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||07 Mar 2018||13 Mar 2018|
|Web Technical Developer and Administrator||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Feb 2018||16 Feb 2018|
|Projects Database Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Feb 2018||08 Feb 2018|
|Regional Cooperation Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||08 Dec 2017||14 Dec 2017|
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