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Regional: Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asian Countries

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52050-001 Status: Active

The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the delivery of knowledge solutions to Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) countries. Promotion of knowledge solutions for ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) is identified as ADB's strategic priority. The proposed TA will realize this role of ADB as a generator, facilitator and enabler of knowledge solutions, in the context of CWRD region.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sabyrova, Lyaziza G. Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asian Countries
Project Number 52050-001
Country Regional
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9624-REG: Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asia Countries
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the delivery of knowledge solutions to Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) countries. Promotion of knowledge solutions for ADB's developing member countries (DMCs) is identified as ADB's strategic priority. The proposed TA will realize this role of ADB as a generator, facilitator and enabler of knowledge solutions, in the context of CWRD region.

The proposed TA will support demand-based and just-in-time Knowledge Products and Services (KPSs) to CWRD countries and facilitate knowledge and experience exchange between the CWRD countries and other countries of interest, in the spirit of South-South knowledge exchange. Further, based on expressed needs by CWRD countries, it will support improved data for evidence-based policy making in CWRD countries, and will assist selected middle-income CWRD countries with innovative near-term forecasting (NTF) techniques. The TA will be undertaken in close collaboration with ADB's Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) and will draw upon lessons from previous ADB operations.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Need for knowledge solutions for CWRD countries. The CWRD region covers a very diverse range of countries in Central and South Asia, and South Caucasus, including six lower middle-income countries (ARM, GEO, KGZ, PAK, TAJ, and UZB), three upper middle-income countries (AZE, KAZ, and TKM), and a low-income and post-conflict country (AFG). These economies face numerous common, region-wide, and country-specific constraints to their economic and social development. For example, almost all Central Asian and South Caucasus countries have low economic diversification, dependency on natural resources or on remittances, weak rule of law, and rising inequality. The CWRD DMCs are turning increasingly to ADB for knowledge solutions.

Focused, relevant, demand-driven, and timely knowledge solutions are critical to addressing these development constraints and enhancing the quality of people's lives in CWRD region. The knowledge support ranging from support to policy analysis and formulation, its implementation, capacity building, and learning from other countries' experiences is just as important for the region's low-income as for the middle-income countries, and is demanded by various players, including governments, public and private think tanks, and other institutions.

Consultations with CWRD authorities and national think tanks revealed strong interest towards sharing knowledge and relevant experiences between the CWRD countries themselves, as well as with successful reformers elsewhere (for example, the PRC in its poverty reduction and certain aspects of economic management). There is a need for a suitable mechanism within CWRD for sharing the experiences between the CWRD countries and those with other DMCs. Such learning and sharing of experiences on broad and demand-driven issues in spirit of the South-South knowledge exchange will contribute to development of relevant nation-focused knowledge solutions.

Need for improved data for evidence-based policy making in CWRD countries. In complex and dynamic development landscape of CWRD region, continuous monitoring of major macroeconomic and social trends and issues is vital for proper economic analysis and policy-making aimed at ensuring economic growth and its inclusiveness. For such evidence-based policy making, capacities and capabilities of national statistical offices (NSOs) in CWRD countries need to be significantly improved. While most NSOs in the region have benefited from earlier development partners' assistance, significant gaps and needs remain, including, in particular, in national accounts compilation, global and regional value chain indicators, labor market indicators (for example, on the category of self-employed labor), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, various disaggregated data, and others.

In almost all CWRD countries, macroeconomic data are released with substantial delay, and some key indicators are not available at all. Moreover, the low frequency data (for example, annual national accounts) often rely on a small number of surveys and indicators, and hence, provide a partial picture of the economy. In such a context, conducting proper macroeconomic forecasting is significantly impaired. Current advances in economic profession and forecasting practices, however, allow construction of reliable forecasts based on the use of higher-frequency data (e.g., monthly, weekly, or daily indicators) and/or the use of Big Data. This near-term forecasting is increasingly employed by policy makers throughout the world for analyzing the current state of the economy and predicting the economy's near future direction. Several NSOs in CWRD's middle-income countries have started employing such techniques, but they require further assistance in advancing their use.

The proposed KSTA will focus on addressing the identified above issues and challenges through tailored, timely, and flexible support to the emerging knowledge needs in CWRD countries. The TA will utilize the experiences and lessons from relevant past ADB assistance and analyses, the ADB-wide expertise, and will be closely collaborated with ongoing ERCD activities. The TA will also be closely coordinated with development partners and local think tanks in each of the CWRD countries, and with Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute and Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) activities.

Impact Economic and social policy making improved in CWRD DMCs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Analytical capacities and capabilities enhanced in CWRD DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome Since its implementation in October 2018, the project has supported demand-based knowledge products and services and responded to capacity building needs of national statistical offices in the region to improved data country data for evidence-based policy making.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Timely and relevant knowledge solutions delivered to CWRD DMCs

2. Data for evidence-based policy making improved in CWRD DMCs

3. NTF techniques improved in selected CWRD DMCs

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

Component 1. Timely and relevant knowledge solutions delivered to CWRD DMCs

a. Conference on _Pakistan Economy: Key Challenges and Solution_ was held on 30 April 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan with funding support from TA.

b. Proposal to conduct study on "What Uzbekistan Can Learn from Experiences of Other Reformers?" was approved for funding under the TA.

c. Proposals are being developed by other country beneficiaries of the TA.

Component 2. Data for evidence-based policy making improved in CWRD DMCs

a. In coordination with the ERCD project team implementing TA on Data for Development, the TA engaged 2 economists/statisticians and 2 data analysts to assist in implementing TA component on data for evidence-based policy making. A selection is ongoing for another economist/statistician to focus on the capacity building activity for NSIA, Afghanistan.

b. TA funded participation of 2 representatives from Armenia's Statistical Committee to ERCD's Regional Workshop on Economic Globalization and Conference on Mapping Value Chains held on 10-15 June 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

c. TA partly funded the conduct of workshop on SNA, SUT/IOT in-country training to Committee on Statistics on 20-31 May 2019.

d. TA funded the participation of 3 GEO participants from Geostat to the Regional Workshop on SNA special topics, 23 September-05 October 2019, Manila, Philippines.

Component 3. NTF techniques improved in selected middle-income CWRD DMCs

a. Nowcasting Kazakhstan - Project presentation was made potential stakeholders to conduct online country consultations and better tailor it to the needs of potential users.

b. Tested KAZ sample data using MATLAB code provided by Nowcasting Indonesia research team.

Geographical Location Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - 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 Consultations with CWA government authorities and national think tanks were made to discuss interest in sharing knowledge and relevant experiences among CWA countries and successful reformers. Relevant national statistics offices have also been consulted on the need for (further) capacity building for improved data for evidence-based policy making.
During Project Implementation Relevant government authorities, think tanks, and other stakeholders are consulted and informed on TA implementation including on how they can benefit from the activities under the TA.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A team of national and international individual consultants, as well as resource persons, will be engaged to support the implementation of the three components of the technical assistance project.

Up to 15 person-months of international consulting services, 15 person-months of national consulting services, and up to 1 person-month of international and national resource persons as needed

Procurement Shopping and direct contracting for workshops, conferences and computer software. Procurement will be in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time)
Responsible ADB Officer Sabyrova, Lyaziza G.
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Aug 2018
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 29 Oct 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2019

TA 9624-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 29 Oct 2018 137,642.57

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Economic Research Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Apr 2020 25 Apr 2020
Enhancing MSME access to finance in Azerbaijan (International finance sector development specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Feb 2020 01 Mar 2020
Enhancing MSME access to finance in Azerbaijan (National finance sector development specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jan 2020 12 Feb 2020
Research Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2019 30 Nov 2019
Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asian Countries Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Nov 2019 07 Nov 2019
Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asian Countries Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Nov 2019 07 Nov 2019
Supporting Knowledge Solutions in Central and West Asian Countries (Economist) Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Oct 2019 09 Oct 2019

Contracts Awarded

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