Regional: Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development
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.
Paracha, Saad Abdullah
Central and West Asia Department
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|Project Name||Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development|
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
Governance and capacity development
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 Equity and Mainstreaming||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|
|Description of Outcome||CAREC's role as a regional cooperation platform to connect people, policies, and projects in the region enhanced|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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)|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Paracha, Saad Abdullah|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||06 Mar 2018|
|Approval||31 Jul 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||05 Jul 2019|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|31 Jul 2018||-||31 Jul 2018||31 Dec 2020||31 Dec 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|4,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,000,000.00||07 Sep 2021||2,631,732.03|
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