Regional: Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia
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.
Rush, Jason M.
Southeast Asia Department
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|Project Name||Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia|
Lao People's Democratic Republic
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
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|
|Description of Outcome||Implementation of BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT subregional programs is more effective|
|Progress Toward Outcome||As reported to the BIMP-EAGA 23rd Ministerial Meeting in November 2019, the Priority Infrastructure Projects (PIPs) increased from 57 (in 2017) to 73 projects valued at $23.27 billion with 24 (33%) projects completed, 5 (7%) nearing completion and 44 (60%) in various stages of implementation. As reported to the 25th IMT-GT Ministerial Meeting in September 2019, the total Priority Connectivity Projects (PCPs) is 37 projects valued at $48 billion with 7 (19%) projects completed, 2 (5%) projects with Phase 1 completed and other phases ongoing, 23 (63%) in various stages of implementation, and 5 (13%) projects under preparation. At the Strategic Planning Meeting in February 2020, the New Betong Airport (Yala Province, Thailand) was reported completed. Total PCPs completed for IMT-GT to date is 8 (21%) out of 37 projects.|
|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)||
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and the resulting quarantines have prevented the conduct of any face-to-face trainings in 2020. To provide continuity to the B-I-G Program's capacity building activities, virtual policy dialogues, webinars, and an online training were conducted in 2020. The TA organized 15 knowledge events and one training on blue finance in 2020. A total of 1,177 government officials and private sector and non-profit organization representatives from ASEAN member countries, PRC, and Timor-Leste including representatives from ADB and development partners attended the green cities forum, PACER Dialogues, BIMP-EAGA webinars, and the blue finance training. Of this, 835 participants are from BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS with 362 (43%) women, and majority (545, 65%) were at the director level and above. In terms of impact, participants have given high marks to the knowledge events and training provided by the program . Initial results of a tracer study were also positive. About 120 (90%) confirmed that they were able to apply their learnings in their workplace.
Twelve virtual Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogues were organized to share cutting-edge knowledge and best practices that can help the "B-I-G" member countries, Singapore and Timor-Leste bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate economic recovery and strengthen cooperation to mitigate the devastating effects of COVID-19.The twelve PACER Dialogues conducted are listed as follows: i. Tackling COVID-19: Economic and Financial Measures of the Republic of Korea; ii. COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Experience and Lessons of New Zealand; iii. Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover; iv. Minimum public health interventions for post COVID-19 lockdown: Lives and Livelihoods; v. Bouncing back support to SMEs for COVID-19 Recovery; vi. Migration and Health: Implications of COVID-19 and achieving Universal Health Coverage; vii. Harnessing digital technologies for education amid COVID-19; viii. Post-COVID-19 New Normal: Implications for Startup Ecosystems; ix. Accelerating Digital Financial Services and Infrastructure; x. Enhancing Readiness for Vaccine Distribution; xi. Social protection interventions as medium- and long-term responses to COVID-19 Pandemic; xii. Adaptive control of COVID-19 outbreaks: Policy Approaches.
PACER policy briefs summarizing policy options and key recommendations in each of the dialogues conducted were produced and posted in ADB's knowledge platform, Development Asia (DevAsia).
Two webinars on recovery support to small and medium enterprises and health security cooperation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic for BIMP-EAGA were also organized. The Blue Finance Training: Designing and Financing Bankable Projects in transitioning to a Blue Economy was conducted to help government officials understand the values and components of the blue economy, the importance of a blue recovery post-COVID, and the role of blue finance in supporting the blue economy and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 14 on life below water. A toolbox approach from available finance mechanisms to fund projects with ocean health components was featured.
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|
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|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
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|During Project Implementation|
|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|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||27 Apr 2018|
|Approval||22 Aug 2018|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||31 Mar 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|22 Aug 2018||-||22 Aug 2018||31 Dec 2020||31 Dec 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,700,000.00||1,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,900,000.00||07 Sep 2021||1,464,169.78|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Enhancing Effectiveness of Subregional Programs to Advance Regional Cooperation and Integration in Southeast Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Aug 2018|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery: A Compendium of Policy Briefs||Reports||Jul 2021|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|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 (website writer and content manager)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Jun 2019||21 Jun 2019|
|BIMP-EAGA Website (writer)||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|
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