Regional : Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development

Sovereign Project | 52048-001

The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) 2030 strategy to enhance CAREC's role as a regional cooperation platform to connect people, policies and projects for shared and sustainable development. This TA builds on the work completed under TA 9156-REG which has supported the critical role that ADB plays as the Secretariat of the CAREC Program. The CAREC 2030 strategy, endorsed by the Ministers of CAREC member countries at the 16th Ministerial Conference held on 27 October 2017 in Dushanbe, serves as the Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS) for the CAREC Program.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Lazaro, Dorothea
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development
Project Number
52048-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9556-REG: Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 1.00 million
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 9556-REG: Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
  • Private sector development
Sector / Subsector
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade - Water-based natural resources management

  • Education / Education sector development

  • Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

  • Finance / Finance sector development

  • Health / Disease control of communicable disease - Disease control of non-communicable diseases and other priority programs

  • Industry and trade / Trade and services

  • Transport / Multimodal logistics - Transport policies and institutional development

  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) 2030 strategy to enhance CAREC's role as a regional cooperation platform to connect people, policies and projects for shared and sustainable development. This TA builds on the work completed under TA 9156-REG which has supported the critical role that ADB plays as the Secretariat of the CAREC Program. The CAREC 2030 strategy, endorsed by the Ministers of CAREC member countries at the 16th Ministerial Conference held on 27 October 2017 in Dushanbe, serves as the Regional Cooperation Strategy (RCS) for the CAREC Program.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CAREC Program, now 17 years in operation, is a partnership of 11 member countries and development partners, working together to promote development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction. Since 2011, CAREC operations have been guided by the CAREC 2020 strategic framework. A mid-term review (MTR) of CAREC 2020, completed in 2016, recommended to develop a new long-term strategy to strengthen CAREC's alignment with member countries' evolving priorities and ensure the Program's relevance to the region's long-term sustainable development. The MTR also pointed out the following issues to be addressed going forward: (i) lack of diversification of CAREC agenda and insufficient knowledge and policy work to support investment activities; (ii) limited flexibility of CAREC's institutional framework and weak coordination among CAREC stakeholders; and (iii) lack of a strong and coherent results framework that includes monitorable indicators for all sectors of activity.

The recently endorsed CAREC 2030 strategy envisages deepening cooperation in the traditional areas of transport, energy, trade and economic corridor development, while selectively expanding into new areas of cooperation in line with member countries' priorities. Particularly, CAREC 2030 prioritizes five operational clusters, namely (i) economic and financial stability, (ii) trade, tourism, and economic corridors, (iii) infrastructure and economic connectivity, (iv) agriculture and water, and (v) human development. Regional projects and investments will be complemented with a framework for policy dialogue and knowledge cooperation on the one hand, and for promotion of people-to-people contacts on the other, leading to greater employment opportunities and deeper social and cultural understanding across member countries.

The TA will therefore support the implementation of the CAREC 2030 strategy including through identification and implementation of regional initiatives in CAREC's areas of cooperation, facilitation of policy dialogue and knowledge sharing across member countries, operationalization of the renewed institutional structure to increase coordination among CAREC stakeholders, improvement of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and greater promotion of CAREC's role in member countries and beyond.

Impact

Regional economic cooperation in the CAREC region strengthened

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

CAREC's role as a regional cooperation platform to connect people, policies, and projects in the region enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Regional initiatives in CAREC 2030's operational priorities conceptualized and implemented

Policy dialogue and knowledge sharing among member countries facilitated

Coordination and information exchange among CAREC stakeholders increased

Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms improved

CAREC outreach and promotion means diversified and strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - 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

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
A team of individual consultants will be engaged to support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) 2030 strategy and the operationalization of CAREC's renewed institutional structure to ensure an effective coordination among all stakeholders. Approximately 30 person-months of international and 317 person-months of national consulting services will be engaged annually during the technical assistance (TA) implementation period.
Procurement
Shopping and direct contracting for computers and small office equipment. Procurement will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time)

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Lazaro, Dorothea
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Regional Cooperation and Integration Unit, CWRD (CWRC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
06 Mar 2018
Fact Finding
30 Jan 2018 to 30 Jan 2018
MRM
-
Approval
31 Jul 2018
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
05 Jul 2019

Funding

TA 9556-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
31 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018 31 Dec 2020 30 Jun 2024 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
29 Apr 2024 4,773,637.38

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development_Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Pakistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Mongolia Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy_Uzbekistan Regional Cooperation Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point in Pakistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC Strategy 2030_Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Secretariat Logistics Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Uzbekistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Turkmenistan Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator in Georgia Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Secretariat Logistics Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator in Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator in Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator in Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Azerbaijan Individual - Consulting Closed
Advisor to the CAREC National Focal Point for Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development_Framework for Agri Development and Food Security Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator (ADB HQ) Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development_GeopoliticalDev Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator (ADB HQ) Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development_External Relations Officer Individual - Consulting Closed
Regional Cooperation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.