Regional: Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)

Sovereign Project | 52357-001

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Narain, Ashish
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)
Project Number 52357-001
Country / Economy Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9719-REG: Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 9719-REG: Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)
New Zealand Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance US$ 162,018.14
TA 9719-REG: Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9719-REG: Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Economic and fiscal sustainability in participating DMCs strengthened

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Institutional capacity for economic management in participating DMCs improved

Progress Toward Outcome The TA co-organized and co-sponsored a regional workshop on forecasting and management of fishing revenues with the International Monetary Fund's Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre in August 2019. It was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands and attended by government officials representing seven Pacific developing member countries (DMCs). A Senior Procurement Policy Specialist was engaged in May 2020 to continue to support procurement reforms in Kiribati. Further, the TA supported the Pacific DMC governments' efforts to respond to and manage the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This included (i) support in the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic response option (CPRO) loans and grants; (ii) support in the formulation of recovery plans; and (iii) public dissemination of policy analysis relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The TA mobilized consultants to support the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of CPRO loans and grants, in close consultation with the governments, as well as in the preparation of program completion reports (PCR) for the CPROs with particular focus on identifying key lessons learned from ADB's support for governments' rapid pandemic response. The TA also engaged consultants to support and provide high-level advice to ministers and senior officials in the formulation of recovery plans from the impacts of COVID-19. The TA also recruited consulting firms to provide more comprehensive policy advisory and capacity strengthening services to promote fiscal resilience and sustainable growth in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The TA has also supported various activities to undertake analysis for policy reforms which can be implemented by Pacific DMC governments. This includes: (i) strengthening capacity for economic modeling; (ii) conducting detailed assessment of the the Republic of Palau Social Security Administration (ROPSSA) and Civil Service Pension Plan (CSPP) to achieve long-term sustainability; (iii) review of the current public financial management (PFM) systems and processes of the Koror State Government to identify and address areas for reform and improvement; (iv) assisting the Bureau of Revenue and Taxation of the Palau Ministry of Finance in building institutional capacity; upgrading processes and procedures; and improving systems, among others, to ensure overall readiness for the roll out and implementation of the Palau Goods and Service Tax along with the various components of the recently enacted comprehensive tax reform legislation; (v) providing planning advice and guidance to the governments for the gradual reopening of the Cook Islands' Rarotonga International Airport, Nadi International Airport, Palau's Roman Tmetuchl International Airport, Samoa's Faleolo International Airport, Solomon Islands' Honiara International Airport, and Vanuatu's Bauerfield International Airport, to international passenger traffic; (vi) assist in the study of the ADB Migration in the Pacific, focusing on public policy options which will include international and bilateral agreements to facilitate migration, policies in countries of origin to improve migrant outcomes, linking migrants with markets, and new sectors that can absorb migrants from Pacific (aged care and medical and nursing); and (vii) establishment of the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Public Private Partnership (PPP) Centre in close coordination with Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) and Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F).
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Economic and public financial management policy advice provided

Economic indicators produced and shared on a timely basis

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) The TA has continued to regularly compile, analyze, and disseminate economic data for the 14 Pacific DMCs with the support of national consultants. The dataset has supported the quarterly production and dissemination of the Asian Development Outlook series' Pacific chapter (five publications) as well as the semi-annual Pacific Economic Monitor.
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The TA design was developed based on experiences during the implementation of Phases 1 and 2. Consultations with economic policymakers and technical staff from Ministries of Finance and Central Banks of several Pacific DMCs (i.e., Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu) guided refinements to the TA from earlier phases.
During Project Implementation TA support for policy advisory services, and knowledge products (other than the Asian Development Outlook and Pacific Economic Monitor) and events, are provided upon request from Pacific DMC stakeholders, and planned and conducted in close coordination with concerned development partners. Knowledge events (e.g., workshops and conferences) provide direct engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. In addition, continued coordination with PARD country economists and team leaders allow for communication with stakeholders in the region. Missions by staff overseeing/supporting TA implementation also provide opportunities to meet with stakeholders.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The proposed KSTA is expected to require individual consultants. Experienced experts will be recruited as lead consultants, with technical support from other consultants (including national). The requirements for different types of expertise and the length of engagement will vary according to the scope of work. Consultants will be engaged on a continuous or intermittent basis, as necessary. Areas of expertise will include those needed to conduct economic monitoring and undertake analysis for policy reforms which can be implemented by Pacific DMCs.
Procurement N/A
Responsible ADB Officer Narain, Ashish
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Jan 2019
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 12 Mar 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2022

TA 9719-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Mar 2019 - 12 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2024 31 Mar 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,500,000.00 162,018.14 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,662,018.14 29 Dec 2022 1,705,694.15

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Title Document Type Document Date
Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3): Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Mar 2019

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3) - Film Service Industry Economic Impact Adviser Individual - Consulting Closed 13 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2022
Public Financial Management Specialist (Subnational Government) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jun 2022 30 Jun 2022
Chapter Author/Migration Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Mar 2022 05 Apr 2022
International Social Policy and Finance Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Mar 2022 07 Mar 2022
National Advisor 1 Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Feb 2022 01 Mar 2022
Economics Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Feb 2022 22 Feb 2022
National Advisor 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Feb 2022 22 Feb 2022
Evaluation Specialist (Samoa and Cook Islands) Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Jan 2022 25 Jan 2022
Economic Modeling Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Sep 2021 06 Oct 2021
Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Sep 2021 15 Sep 2021
National Advisor 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Feb 2021 19 Feb 2021
National Advisor 1 Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Feb 2021 19 Feb 2021
Airport Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 25 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020
Public Financial Management Specialist (Legal) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2020 27 Aug 2020
Social Security and Pension System Accounting Specialists Firm - Consulting Closed 21 Aug 2020 04 Sep 2020
Senior Prourement Policy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Apr 2020 24 Apr 2020
National Advisor 2 Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Dec 2019 02 Jan 2020
National Advisor 1 Individual - Consulting Closed 19 Dec 2019 02 Jan 2020
Pacific Economic Management (Phase 3) - National Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Mar 2019 27 Mar 2019
Pacific Economic Management, Phase 3 - Economics Editor Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Feb 2019 27 Feb 2019
Pacific Economic Management, Phase 3 - National Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Feb 2019 27 Feb 2019

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 9719 26 Aug 2020 Graduate School USA(UNITED STATES) | 600 Maryland Ave, SW, 180 Washington, DC United States Asian Development Bank 199,749.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.