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Kazakhstan: Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program, Phase 3

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51305-001 Status: Active

1. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) is the third Phase of the _Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program (KEEP)_. The KSTA will support the delivery of demand-driven, just-in-time, analytical and technical knowledge products and services to Kazakhstan. It will contribute to bring international best practices to the country, introduce innovations, and enhance the capacity of staff working for the Government of the Republic Kazakhstan and related agencies.

Project Details

Project Officer
Genadiy Rau Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Kazakhstan
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program, Phase 3
Project Number 51305-001
Country Kazakhstan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9476-KAZ: Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program, Phase 3
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 9476-KAZ: Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program, Phase 3 (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

1. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) is the third Phase of the _Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program (KEEP)_. The KSTA will support the delivery of demand-driven, just-in-time, analytical and technical knowledge products and services to Kazakhstan. It will contribute to bring international best practices to the country, introduce innovations, and enhance the capacity of staff working for the Government of the Republic Kazakhstan and related agencies.

2. The KSTA will also support the implementation of ADB's 2017-2021 Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Kazakhstan, which emphasizes the importance of contributing to enhancing the country's knowledge basis in support of socio-economic development. The CPS recommends ADB to expand collaboration on knowledge sharing and capacity development under the KEEP, implying the provision of policy advice and capacity building to allow the government designing and implementing better-informed policies and reforms in priority areas.

3. This proposed PATA will finance the third phase of the KEEP. An estimated budget of the PATA is $1,500,000. ADB will finance $1,000,000, and the government will finance up to $500,000. The PATA will follow the same reimbursable approach adopted for the KEEP, Phases 1 and 2. It implies that initially ADB will allocate the total amount of $1,500,000 from the Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF) Other Sources, where the Government of Kazakhstan has already transferred its $500,000 contribution to the TA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The continued delivery of joint knowledge products and services under KEEP was requested by the government in lieu of successful completion of the Phase 1 and accelerated implementation of the Phase 2. The Phase 3 is included in COBP, 2018-2020 and will support implementation of CPS, 2017-2021.
Impact _A move competitive and inclusive economy achieved, human capital developed, and institutions and governance enhanced.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Quality of policy researches improved
Progress Toward Outcome

As of today, nine analytical studies, four capacity building activities and one media material are supported under KEEP Phase 3:

(i) Study on creation of a methodology for the implementation of accrual budgeting;

(ii) Study on issues of diagnostics, modification, optimization and improvement of the Accounts Committee's business processes in compliance with a model of the first-class world audit companies;

(iii) Study on topical issues of assessing the efficiency of state property management to ensure efficient development and economic security of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

(iv) Study on livestock value chain assessment in Akmola region;

(v) Study on formulation of the State Program of Industrial-Innovative Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2020 2025;

(vi) Study on development of scientifically grounded norms of workload and standards for the number of civil servants of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption and local authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Phase II: Conducting research in Astana;

(vii) Study on preparing the National Anti-Corruption Report;

(viii) Study on preparing the First Voluntary National Review on SDGs in Kazakhstan;

(ix) Study on development of a Master Plan for the International Green Technologies & Investments Center;

(x) Capacity building of the employees of the Accounts Committee and other public audit and financial control agencies under the CIPFA Program (Phase 1);

(xi) Capacity building of the employees of the Accounts Committee and other public audit and financial control agencies under Financial Analysis II: Valuation of the Effectiveness of Company's Activity; Evaluation of Investment Project II: Sources of Financing and Other Complex Questions, Financial Modeling I: Model Development Technique and MS Excel Capabilities;

(xii) Capacity building of the employees of the Accounts Committee and other public audit and financial control agencies under the CIPFA program (Phase 2);

(xiii) Capacity building of the local state civil servants in Local Self-Governance for Budgeting System Development of Kazakhstan;

(xiv) Media materials on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through promotion of ecological tourism and conservation of biodiversity in the East Kazakhstan region (Belukha).

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Policy research reports completed

2. Capacity-building program capacity-building activities and learning events delivered

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

(i) In October 2018, reports with recommendations to the draft Rules on preparing the forecast consolidated financial statements and report with recommendations on additions to the Rules on developing draft republican budget were submitted. Subsequently, the draft Order _On Approval of the Rules on preparing the forecast consolidated financial statements by administrators of the budgetary programs_, as well as the draft Government Decree _On Amendments to the Government Decree _On Approval of the Rules on developing draft Republican Budget_ were published in March 2019 on the _Open Regulatory Legal Acts_ portal. At present, together with the Working Group from the Ministry of National Economy, the consultant actively participates in the ongoing development of the draft Rules on preparing the forecasts of consolidated financial statements on the republican budget.

(ii) Experts have carried out a diagnostic study to modify, optimize and improve the business processes of the Accounts Committee in accordance with the model of world-class international audit companies, as well as provided corresponding training to the employees of the Accounts Committee. At the moment, experts are preparing descriptions of the existing processes and in-depth assessment of the business processes effectiveness at the Accounts Committee.

(iii) In April 2019, the consultants submitted a final report of the study on _Topical issues of assessing the efficiency of state property management to ensure efficient development and economic security of the Republic of Kazakhstan_ to the Accounts Committee. In May 2019, the report was approved by the Accounts Committee management.

(iv) Michigan State University in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture carries out assessment of the livestock resources in Akmola region. The first mission is tookaking place in July-August 2019.

(v) Experts are developing methodology to assess the State Program of Industrial-Innovative Development (SPIID) for 2015 2019 in order to measure effectiveness of the SPIID activities, draw recommendation and assist in developing monitoring and evaluation framework for a subsequent SPIID for 2020 2025.

(vi) Statistics data processing of time-keeping studies on determining the complexity of the labor process in North Kazakhstan region, Karaganda region, and Almaty city has been carried out. The study also calculated the norms of workload and civil servants number standards of local executive bodies, highlighting the labor specifics and factors that influence the number of civil servants; existence of subordinate organizations; public procurement volumes; scale and directions of implemented state programs; administrative division; and industry factors. In addition, draft collection of labor standards was prepared. Also, developed labor standards in various sectors across all 14 regions in Kazakhstan have been approbated.

(vii) A workplan for preparation of the National Report concept has been developed and requests to central and local executive state bodies on the implementation of anti-corruption action plans were sent. International experience in the fight against corruption (OECD recommendations) in the framework of the fourth round of negotiations on the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan has been summarized. At the moment, information on the work completed by the Anti-Corruption Special Monitoring Group on public participation in anti-corruption activities is being collected, analyzed and anti-corruption tools are developed.

(viii) Administrative Arrangement between ADB and UNDP was signed in June 2019. ADB and UNDP assisted the government in preparing the First Voluntary National Report (VNR), which was presented at UN headquarters on 16 July 2019. At the moment, nationalization of the SDGs in state strategic documents is ongoing.

(ix) Terms of References for consultants were developed and approved by the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan. Consultant recruitment process is initiated.

(x) In September-October 2018, training and examinations on the two Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) program modules were conducted for employees of the Accounts Committee and audit commissions of Astana and Almaty cities and regions. All participants successfully passed both modules (_Accounting and financial reporting in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards for the public sector_ and _Audit in accordance with INTOSAI standards_) of the exam.

(xi) The following trainings were organized for employees of the Accounts Committee in order to improve the employees' expertise and analytical skills: Financial Analysis II: Valuation of the Effectiveness of Company's Activity (December 24-26, 2018); Evaluation of investment projects II: sources of financing and other complex issues (January 24-25, 2019), Financial Modeling I: Model Development Techniques and MS Excel Capabilities (January 30-31, 2019).

(xii) Capacity building training is ongoing. It is expected that at least 30 Accounts Committee staff will obtain CIPFA certification.

(xiii) Terms of Reference for consultant were developed and recruitment process initiated. Locations for the workshops were identified and preliminary agenda drafted.

(xiv) In June-July 2018, an international experts group organized the expedition to Katon-Karagai National Park in order to promote SDGs objectives among the local communities: in particular, SDGs related to the conservation of terrestrial (biodiversity) ecosystems, partnership for sustainable development and development of ecological tourism in the East Kazakhstan region. As a result, one 20-minute documentary and 50 high-quality photos; five two-minute videos (for each of the four SDGs and one general); ecotourism development Roadmap in Kazakhstan; one published guide to the trails and nature of the Katon-Karagai National Park; one joint press conference with the international organizations participating in the expedition; prepared and implemented communication plan, including marketing in social networks.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The KEEP, including. this phase, was conceptualized during consultations with the government on ADB's Country Partnership Strategy for Kazakhstan. The KEEP framework (outlining the objective and scope, areas of focus, implementation arrangements, and monitoring and evaluation measures) is defined in a memorandum of understanding, which was jointly developed and then signed by the government and ADB.

The government's willingness to cost-share the KEEP demonstrates its strong ownership as well as requires from ADB delivery of high quality knowledge products and services in a timely manner.

During Project Implementation

The Ministry of National Economy, through the Department for Budget Investments and PPP Development, is the executing agency, which is responsible for supervising and monitoring KSTA activities. Implementing agencies are ministries or government agencies responsible for initiating specific subprojects.

The KEEP Coordinating Committee (KCC), comprising of representatives of the Ministry of National Economy and ADB, is set up to oversee TA implementation and provide guidance and direction to stakeholders. The KCC has periodic meetings to update and adjust the list of subprojects and core outputs.

The KCC Secretariat supports the KCC's work by ensuring smooth functioning of the Committee and supervising and coordinating day-to-day TA activities, including monitoring TA implementation, resolving issues, arranging meetings, and liaising with concerned government agencies.

In 2019, ADB increased the overall KSTA budget to $2,000,000 upon receipt of a subsequent $500,000 contribution from the Government of Kazakhstan in 2018. ADB introduced a minor change in implementation arrangements to engage UN agencies or other international organizations in carrying out activities.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will use an estimated 24 person-months of national and 18 person-months of international consulting inputs to support research, workshops, and other agreed subproject activities. The nature of the needed expertise and inputs will be determined case by case for each activity or subproject, determined and approved jointly by the MNE and ADB. The inputs of consultants as well as short-term resource persons will serve to introduce international best practices; provide in-depth local knowledge; and advice on policy options, challenges, and the implications of various courses of action. The selection method for consultants will be chosen during implementation depending on what is best suited to the respective terms of reference (TOR). If the TA requires the services of a consulting firm, the firm will be recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants. All consultants and experts will be engaged based on their expertise and proven experience in the subproject areas.
Responsible ADB Officer Genadiy Rau
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Kazakhstan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department for Budget Investments and PPP Development under the Ministry of National Economy
010000, Astana, Kazakhstan, 8, Orynbor Street, Kazakhstan
Ministry of National Economy
Orynbor str., 8, House of Ministries, entr.7,010000 Astana, Kazakhstan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Nov 2017
Fact Finding 17 Nov 2017 to 17 Nov 2017
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Aug 2019

TA 9476-KAZ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2017 17 Jan 2018 17 Jan 2018 31 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2020 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 12 Dec 2017 931,753.93

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
KEEP, Phase 3 | Knowledge Work Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 07 Dec 2019 03 Jan 2020
KEEP, Phase 3 | Consultant on Improvement of Performance Audit Individual - Consulting Closed 26 Nov 2019 08 Dec 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | National Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2019 10 Jun 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | Research Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jun 2019 10 Jun 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | International Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 23 May 2019 29 May 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | Public service / applied research in the field of anti-corruption policy | Regulatory Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 07 May 2019 13 May 2019
Labor Norm-Setting Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Feb 2019 06 Mar 2019
KEEP Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Feb 2019 25 Feb 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | KEEP Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Dec 2018 04 Jan 2019
KEEP, Phase 3 | Diagnostics, modification, optimization and improvement of the business processes Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Nov 2018 14 Nov 2018
Joint Government of Kazakhstan and the Asian Development Bank Knowledge and Experience Exchange Program, Phase 3 Individual - Consulting Closed 01 May 2018 07 May 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 9476 28 Jun 2019 Michigan State University (UNITED STATES) 426 Auditorium Road, Room 2 East Lansing Michigan 48824-2600 United States TEL: 5178844243; FAX: 5174328035 Dept. for Budget Inv't &PPP Devt,Min of Nat'l Econ Consulting Services 465,661.00

Procurement Plan

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