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

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52081-001 Status: Active

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

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Krishnan, Gary P. Southeast Asia Department Request for information
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Project Name Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia
Project Number 52081-001
Country 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
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

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 are more effective
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs Improved strategic, sector and institutional linkages and coordination between subregional programs and ASEAN
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

FOR OUTPUT 2:

The TA is supporting the additional activities to complete the GCAP for Kota Kinabalu. Experts from ICLEI will conduct further consultations with government officials in Kota Kinabalu. During the BIMP-EAGA Strategic Planning Meeting in February 2019, the TA also committed to support the preparation of GCAP for one key city in the Philippines.

Preparation of the concept for the study on collaborative approach to special economic zones (SEZs) development and cooperation in BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT is underway. This study was presented in the Strategic Planning Meeting of both BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT. The countries have expressed their supportt for the SEZ Study and committed to designate country focal points to assist in data-gathering and conduct of country consultations from June to August 2019.

The TA is also supporting the updating of the Malaysia-Thailand Special Border Economic Zone study in response to the request of these countries. An ongoing assessment on the developments both on Thailand and Malaysia side is being conducted by a SBEZ Specialist.

ADB is also currently preparing a concept note for the review of existing IMT-GT economic corridors and possibility of sixth corridor.

FOR OUTPUT 3:

The list of trainings conducted as of end March 2019:

Workshop on International Standard of Procurement Policy and Implementation

11 13 February 2019, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Value Management in Projects Workshop

27-28 February 2019, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as Catalysts for Economic Corridors, Value Chains and Production Networks Training

25-29 March 2019, Shanghai, People's Republic of China

OTHERS:

The TA is supporting the preparation of a 25th BIMP-EAGA anniversary video to be shown at the Summit in June 2019. Also, the TA is funding an animated video to showcased the GCAP for Kota Kinabalu.

ADB is also supporting the BIMP-EAGA agriculture and tourism clusters and working groups in publishing and printing of the Compilation of Sustainable Ecotourism, Agriculture and Fishing Case Studies in BIMP-EAGA.

ADB participated in the Strategic Planning Meetings of BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT, providing technical support as well as assisting the BIMP-FC during the meeting.

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 A total of 119 person-months of consulting services will be required: (i) 27 person-months to three international consulting firms, (ii) 45 person-months to 8 international individual consultants; (iii) 35 person-months to 4 national individual consultants, and (iv) 9.5 person-months to about 16 resource persons. ADB will mostly engaged individual consultants to provide the needed expertise required by activities implemented by the KSTA following the 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 Krishnan, Gary P.
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 29 Mar 2019

TA 9572-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Aug 2018 - 22 Aug 2018 31 Dec 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,700,000.00 22 Aug 2018 284,403.38

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
BIMP-EAGA Website (writer) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019
BIMP-EAGA Website (administrator) Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019
BIMP-EAGA Website (designer/developer) Firm - Consulting Active 15 Jun 2019 29 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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