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Azerbaijan: Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51355-001 Status: Active

The TA is aligned with the following impact: effective implementation of the Strategic Roadmap on the National Economy Perspective. The TA will have the following outcome: design and implementation of strategic reforms strengthened through mainstreaming of new ideas and international best practice.

Project Details

Project Officer
Aziz Haydarov Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Azerbaijan
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms
Project Number 51355-001
Country Azerbaijan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9445-AZE: Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The TA is aligned with the following impact: effective implementation of the Strategic Roadmap on the National Economy Perspective. The TA will have the following outcome: design and implementation of strategic reforms strengthened through mainstreaming of new ideas and international best practice.

Output 1: Fast-track inputs to strategic reforms. This output will provide _just-in-time_ good-practice based policy and analytical advice through inclusive preparation and delivery of action-oriented policy notes. The policy notes will contribute to the design and implementation of inform the following priority measures: (i) assessment of the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the economy in the medium- and long-term, (ii) raising efficiency of public utility SOEs, including through strategic mainstreaming of private participation in infrastructure; (iii) fostering the education-innovation-production chain; (iv) strengthening the country's competition promotion framework; and (v) improving financial inclusion.

Output 2: Government capacity strengthened through reviewing regional experiences and domestic know-how. In the areas highlighted in output 1, this output will (i) facilitate sharing of relevant knowledge and experiences from abroad, including through study tour(s) for government staff directly involved in the design and implementation of reforms; and (ii) promote public-private dialogue through knowledge transfer and awareness raising on good practices and know-how in the domestic private sector that may have replication potential in other sectors and warrant public sector's support.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Strategic Roadmap's implementation suggests the need for quick and effective support to the government in policy formulation and execution based on international best practice and dialogue with the private sector. ADB has provided rapid response policy reform and capacity building in several developing member countries. Drawing on this experience, a small-scale knowledge support TA project is proposed to expeditiously respond to emerging policy advice and knowledge sharing needs of the Government during 2018 when the intensive phase of the implementation of the Roadmap begins.
Impact Effective implementation of the Strategic Roadmap on the National Economy Perspective
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Design and implementation of strategic reforms strengthened through mainstreaming of new ideas and international best practice
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Fast-track inputs to strategic reforms

Government capacity strengthened through regional experiences and domestic know-how

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) At the request and in coordination with the Ministry of Economy, a discussion note on mainstreaming of regulatory impact assessment for development of SMEs was completed in November 2018. At the request of the Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA), in February-March 2019 technical advice and knowledge sharing was provided for the roll-out of the agency's PPP Development Center. At the request of SMBDA, initiated provision of technical advice and capacity building for SMBDA's conduct of expert review of legal and regulatory proposals to assess their impact on SMEs.
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation Meetings with government agencies take place upon their requests.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will support up to a total of 4 person-months of international (indicative areas of expertise are public sector economics, R&D, competition policy, financial sector) and 3 person-months of national (country economics) consultant inputs for policy advice and knowledge sharing. International consultants and resource persons will be engaged on an individual basis under lump-sum contracts. The national consultant will be engaged under a time-based contract. Resource persons will be used for in-country training, workshops, and seminars.
Responsible ADB Officer Aziz Haydarov
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Azerbaijan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Ministry of Finance
83, Same Vurgun Street AZ1022 Baku, Azerbaijan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 27 Nov 2017 to 30 Nov 2017
MRM -
Approval 06 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Apr 2019

TA 9445-AZE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Dec 2017 - 06 Dec 2017 31 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2020 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 06 Dec 2017 99,736.62

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Education Sector Development Specialist (Policy Advice on Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reforms) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
Education Sector Specialist (Vocational Education and Training) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2018 04 Dec 2018
Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2018 04 Dec 2018
Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2018 04 Dec 2018
Rapid Response Support for Strategic Reforms Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Feb 2018 05 Mar 2018

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