Regional: Sustaining the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Sovereign Project | 51178-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in transforming the GMS Program into a more effective

regional cooperation platform that adds value to member countries' national development strategies and benefits the local populations of member countries.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Sumbal, Asadullah Khan
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Sustaining the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Project Number 51178-001
Country / Economy Regional
Cambodia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Myanmar
China, People's Republic of
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9416-REG: Sustaining the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9416-REG: Sustaining_the Gains of Regional Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural policy, institutional and capacity development

Education / Education sector development - Technical and vocational education and training

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

Health / Disease control of communicable disease - Health sector development and reform

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
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in transforming the GMS Program into a more effective

regional cooperation platform that adds value to member countries' national development strategies and benefits the local populations of member countries.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The GMS strategic framework midterm review reaffirmed the strong ownership and commitment of the member countries in the GMS Program. It identified the following challenges

that need to be addressed to improve the effectiveness of the program: (i) weak coordination and decision-making mechanisms; (ii) inadequate mechanisms for project identification, resource mobilization, and results monitoring; and (iii) weak knowledge-based strategic planning.

Impact

Regional cooperation and integration in the Greater Mekong Subregion sustained.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Implementation of the GMS Program is more effective.

Progress Toward Outcome In the GMS Regional Investment Framework (RIF) 2022 Fourth Progress Report and Update (November 2021), approved financing (in USD value) increased to 59 billion or about 76% of total RIF value (from 55.6 billion in November 2020 and from 53. 1 in March 2018). Moreover, during the same period, 42 projects were completed while 88 were ongoing and 75 still proposed. Thus, in terms of number of projects, 63 % were either completed or ongoing implementation in November 2021 compared to 58% in November 2020.
Implementation Progress
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 the preparation of the new GMS Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030 (GMS-2030) as mandated by the Leaders during the 6th GMS Summit in 2018. The draft presented to and reviewed by GMS Ministers during the 24th Ministerial Conference (MC-24) in November 2020 has been finalized at the Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) held on 11 March 2021. The GMS-2030 was adopted by the Leaders at the 7th GMS Summit on 9 September 2021.

As a supplement to the GMS-2030, the TA also supported the preparation of the GMS COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan 2021-2023, a medium term plan to respond to and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and accelerate recovery of the GMS. The Plan was also adopted by the Leaders at the 7th GMS Summit.

A Research Program to support GMS-2030 is also being developed through the TA.

GMS-2030 also acknowledged the role of research institutions and called for the establishment of a GMS knowledge network. The TA supported the preparations required for the formal establishment of the network, including the concept note, country nominees for the interim steering group, and country consultation meetings.

The TA supported the conduct of a study, Greater Mekong Subregion 2030 and Beyond: Integration, Upgrading, Cities, and Connectivity, which aimed to provide possible ways for accelerating GMS development through better integrating with global and regional value chains, greater industrial diversification, and tapping the growth driving potentials of cities.

The TA also supported the conduct of a scoping study, Enhancing Collaboration in Trade and Investment under the GMS Program in response to GMS-2030 mandate for the GMS Program to continue its efforts to develop trade and investment facilitation in the subregion and beyond. The work on the scoping study started in September 2021 and was completed in February 2022. The final scoping study document is the result of joint efforts by the GMS country-nominated focal points, the GMS Secretariat, and ADB in-house and external trade and investment specialists. It maps out proposed interventions for both the short- and long-term, while putting forth the consideration of a GMS Trade and Investment Task Force to implement these recommendations systematically. The final draft study and its recommendations were presented to SOM on 10 March 2022.

The TA supported the formulation of the GMS Gender Strategy, which pursues and adds value to the GMS-2030 mandate of a more inclusive subregion. Based on a comprehensive GMS gender assessment, the strategy aims at achieving gender equality and women's empowerment in the GMS, where pre-existing gender inequalities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The strategy identifies entry points for gender mainstreaming at three levels: cross-cutting themes, sectors, and projects. The document has gone through several rounds of comments and bilateral and group consultations with ADB in-house and external sectoral and gender experts, GMS countries, and presented at SOM level. Work on the GMS gender strategy started in November 2020, and it is expected to seek endorsement at the GMS 25-MC in 2022.

The TA supported the organization and conduct of the following: (1) 24th Ministerial Conference (MC-24) virtually held on 4 November 2020 with the theme, 'Pave the way to a more integrated, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous GMS_. MC-24 convened close to 400 participants, consisting of ministers and senior Officials of the six GMS countries, representatives from ADB, development partners (DPs), and the private sector. MC-24 took note of the (i) GMS countries' immediate responses to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic; (ii) actions taken and achievements made under GMS cooperation mechanisms in response to the pandemic, particularly in the mo

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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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. Joint consultations between PRC and Myanmar were held. The NSEC-5 integrative report was also circulated to both governments and meetings to discuss this with each government were held many times before its finalization.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).
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

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 servicessuch as rental of equipment and meeting roomsusing 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
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 11 Sep 2017
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Oct 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2022

TA 9416-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2019 30 Oct 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,800,000.00 17 Jun 2022 2,651,614.59

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Preparation and formulation of a GMS Program Results Framework Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Apr 2022 25 Apr 2022
Project Development Specialist for Greater Mekong Subregion Regional Pipeline Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Apr 2022 16 Apr 2022
Deepening Engagement of DPs in GMS Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Mar 2022 01 Apr 2022
International RCI Corridors Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Dec 2021 19 Dec 2021
Scoping study for GMS Task Force on Trade and Investment Individual - Consulting Closed 29 May 2021 04 Jun 2021
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Jan 2021 07 Jan 2021
GMS Secretariat Coordinator (Viet Nam) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020
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
Section-Specific Planning for North-South Economic Corridor: Tourism (PRC) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2019 24 Mar 2019
GMS Strategy 2030 Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2019 27 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 (Lao PDR) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Apr 2018 26 Apr 2018
GMS Secretariat Coordinator (Viet Nam) 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

Contracts Awarded

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