Regional: Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia

Sovereign Project | 52081-001

The proposed KSTA aims to enhance effectiveness of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) as building blocks of and platforms for regional cooperation and integration (RCI) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT's bottom-up and project driven approaches complement the top-down approach taken by ASEAN. The KSTA is included in the SERD 2018 Management approved work plan, ADB's Regional Cooperation Strategy 2006, and ADB's Operational Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration 2016 2020. It is aligned with strategic documents endorsed by the Summit of Leaders of the respective subregional programs in April 2017, namely the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (BEV 2025), IMT-GT Vision 2036 and the IMT-GT Implementation Blueprint (IB) 2017 2021.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rush, Jason M.
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia
Project Number 52081-001
Country / Economy Regional
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Indonesia
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Malaysia
Myanmar
Philippines
China, People's Republic of
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9572-REG: Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 700,000.00
TA 9572-REG: Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia (Supplementary)
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 700,000.00
TA 9572-REG: Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Electricity transmission and distribution

Finance / Infrastructure finance and investment funds

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Economic affairs management

Transport / Multimodal logistics

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed KSTA aims to enhance effectiveness of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) as building blocks of and platforms for regional cooperation and integration (RCI) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT's bottom-up and project driven approaches complement the top-down approach taken by ASEAN. The KSTA is included in the SERD 2018 Management approved work plan, ADB's Regional Cooperation Strategy 2006, and ADB's Operational Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration 2016 2020. It is aligned with strategic documents endorsed by the Summit of Leaders of the respective subregional programs in April 2017, namely the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (BEV 2025), IMT-GT Vision 2036 and the IMT-GT Implementation Blueprint (IB) 2017 2021. Key features of the KSTA discussed at recent Ministerial and Senior Official Meetings of BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT, where the member countries expressed continued appreciation for ADB support and requested additional assistance. The KSTA design considered successes, lessons, and experience of ADB in supporting the two subregional programs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The ADB provided support since 1996 and serves as regional development advisor to BIMP-EAGA and regional development partner to IMT-GT. Summit declarations by both subregional programs highlighted ADB's valuable role in enhancing their effectiveness at strategic, sector, project(s), and institutional levels. In recent years, ADB assistance is through TA 8814 and TA 8836 expected to close in December 2018. TA 8814 achievements include: (i) Green Cities Action Plans (GCAPs) in seven cities and ASEAN green cities network; (ii) preparation of BEV 2025 and IMT-GT Tourism Strategic Framework 2017 2036; (iii) thematic studies on cross-border power interconnections, economic corridors, value chains and border area development; (vi) statistical databases developed, and (vii) capacity building and institutional strengthening for BIMP-Facilitation Center (FC) and Centre for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation (CIMT), among others. TA 8836, also known as the BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT and Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Capacity Building Program or B-I-G Program organized 17 trainings and workshops on connectivity and RCI attended by 481 middle and senior level government officials. The B-I-G Program collaborates with 17 partner institutions and promotes knowledge and experience sharing between and among the three subregions. It also tapped the technical expertise and experience of People's Republic of China (PRC) government, education and training institutions in the design and delivery of training programs where the experience of the PRC in national development and RCI highlighted. PRC value-added to the three subregions is unique given it assumes multiple roles as development partner in BIMP-EAGA, as dialogue partner in IMT-GT, and member country in GMS.

The proposed KSTA builds on achievements of previous TAs and is a continuation of ADB support in a more integrated and purposive manner. Instead of having two separate TAs, only one KSTA is proposed for greater coherence, cost-effectiveness, and better results delivery. While ADB support has been for more than a decade, changes in the development landscape, new strategic documents, demand for well-designed subregional projects, and weak institutional capacities require sustained and continuous support. Lessons and successes from TAs 8814 and 8836 incorporated in the design include: (i) strong country ownership and demand; (ii) alignment and coherence with ASEAN; (iii) need for credible subregional project pipelines and more importantly convert these into bankable projects; (iv) systematic approach to results monitoring; (v) effective institutional mechanisms especially strong subregional secretariats needed to sustain cooperation efforts; (vi) government officials need to build capacities for effective implementation of RCI initiatives; and (vii) promote linkages and synergies between and among subregions in ASEAN.

To provide value-adding support to both programs, it is critical to address challenges that hamper their effectiveness as they implement the BEV 2025, IMT-GT Vision 2036, and IMT-GT IB 2017 2021. The new strategic documents included pipeline(s) of projects with priority infrastructure projects amounting to $21.4 billion for BIMP-EAGA and $48.4 billion for IMT-GT aimed at enhancing connectivity in Southeast Asia. Effective functioning of the two subregions are hampered by: (i) weak strategic and institutional links and coordination with ASEAN; (ii) lack of well-designed RCI projects and weak results monitoring; and (iii) limited capacities of government officials to develop and implement RCI policies, programs and projects.

Impact BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT more integrated within themselves and with ASEAN
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Implementation of BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT subregional programs is more effective
Progress Toward Outcome The Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs) under the BIMP-EAGA program total 88 valued at more than $24 billion, with 35 projects (40%) completed/completed in phases, 10 (11%) nearing completion, and 43 (49%) in various stages of implementation. The Priority Connectivity Projects under the IMT-GT Program total 47 worth $39 billion, 14 of which have been completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Strategic, sector, and institutional links and coordination between subregional programs and ASEAN improved

Project development and managing for development results enhanced

Capacities of civil servants in design and implementation of RCI policies, programs, and projects enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) TA implementation has been on track and satisfactory. For output 1, as a follow up to the consultation meetings with the ASEAN Secretariat and the subregions secretariats held in 2018 another consultation meeting is planned in April 2022 to explore common approaches to strengthen strategic, sector and institutional linkages. The TA also provided technical support to the conduct of the ASEAN High Level Forum on Subregional Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth on 30 November 2021 and presented findings and recommendations based on the ADB paper on _Recovering Together: Advancing Subregional Cooperation_. Under Output 2, In addition to of three studies were previously published, an expanded scoping study on border special economic zones (SEZs), and the executive summary of the integrated green transport plans for IMT-GT were completed. The technical study on opportunities for collaboration of SEZs in IMT-GT was published in February 2022. This, along with the IMT-GT economic corridor studies (integrative and country reports) was presented as deliverables in the 27th IMT-GT Ministerial Meeting in August 2021. The BIMP-EAGA SEZ study for shared prosperity, the Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for General Santos City (Philippines), and the IMT-GT economic corridor studies are in the final stages of publication.The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the resulting quarantines prevented the conduct of face-to-face trainings. To provide continuity to the B-I-G Program's capacity building activities, virtual policy dialogues were conducted. Under Output 3, five more Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogues were conducted in 2021 on topics such as large-scale vaccination, skills development, green recovery, digitizing trade, and e-commerce. Apart from the compendium of policy briefs, six more were produced in summarizing policy options and key recommendations discussed. All policy briefs were posted in ADB's knowledge platform, Development Asia (DevAsia).The B-I-G Program also co-organized five Deep Dive Workshops (DDWs) covering various themes on planning for inclusive post COVID-19 recovery under the framework of the Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) Innovation through Collaboration series. A workshop on tourism communications planning for COVID-19 recovery was implemented for BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT tourism planners and communications practitioners drawing from the experience of the GMS. A total of 705 government officials, private sector and non-profit organization representatives from ASEAN member countries, PRC, and Timor-Leste and other countries, representatives from ADB, development partners and international organizations attended the 11 knowledge events. Of this, 607 participants are from BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS with 311 (54%) women, and majority (265, 44%) were at the director level and above. The website is continuously being updated to publicize activities under the TA. The website also has a discussion room and provides access to the training materials and related sites for the training content, and a database of government officials as well as knowledge and institutional partners. The website features and functions are also being enhanced to improve user experience.
Geographical Location Brunei Darussalam - Nation-wide; Cambodia - Nation-wide; China - Guangxi, Yunnan; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide; Malaysia - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - 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 The TA will engage (i) a total of 144 person-months of consulting services: (88 person-months international and 56 person-months national), and (ii) resource persons, as needed. ADB will mostly engage individual consultants and will follow ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement In organizing meetings and workshops, ADB will procure goods and services (such as rental of equipment and meeting rooms) using the shopping method. Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Rush, Jason M.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Apr 2018
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 22 Aug 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2022

TA 9572-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Aug 2018 - 22 Aug 2018 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,700,000.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,900,000.00 17 Jun 2022 1,804,285.57

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
International Regional Development Specialist (results management) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2022 17 Jun 2022
Mid-term Review of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (finalization) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Feb 2022 21 Feb 2022
Mid-term Review of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021
MALAYSIA – Technical Expert-Implementation Blueprint Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2021 17 Jun 2021
INDONESIA – Technical Expert-Implementation Blueprint Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Apr 2021 19 Apr 2021
THAILAND – Technical Expert-Implementation Blueprint Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Apr 2021 19 Apr 2021
Regional Developnent Analyst (for trainings and knowledge management) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Jan 2020 03 Feb 2020
website administrator_BIMP-EAGA Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jan 2020 21 Jan 2020
BIMP-EAGA Website (administrator) Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2019 05 Aug 2019
BIMP-EAGA Website (designer/developer) Firm - Consulting Closed 11 Jul 2019 17 Jul 2019
BIMP-EAGA Website (writer) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019
BIMP-EAGA Website (website writer and content manager) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019
Special Economic Zones Senior Expert (BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Apr 2019 17 Apr 2019
Corridor Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Apr 2019 11 Apr 2019
Regional Development Analyst Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Sep 2018 04 Oct 2018
Institutional and Capacity Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Sep 2018 01 Oct 2018

Contracts Awarded

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