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Regional: Business Opportunities Outreach Initiatives, 2019–2021

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53100-001 Status: Active

The subject TA will operate for 28 months and will support ADB's business opportunities outreach initiatives (BOOIs) in its member countries. These BOOIs aim to build the interest and capacity of consultants, contractors, nongovernment organizations, and civil society organizations (hereafter referred to as "suppliers") in pursuing ADB's business opportunities and in understanding its procurement and anticorruption procedures. This will benefit ADB-financed projects in its developing member countries (DMCs) by enhancing competition for ADB-financed contracts, thereby promoting higher-quality bids that offer optimal value for money.

Project Details

Project Officer
Julian Alexander Doczi PPFD Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Multisector
 
Project Name Business Opportunities Outreach Initiatives, 2019–2021
Project Number 53100-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9721-REG: Business Opportunities Outreach Initiatives, 2019 2021
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Multisector / ADB's corporate management, policy and strategy development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The subject TA will operate for 28 months and will support ADB's business opportunities outreach initiatives (BOOIs) in its member countries. These BOOIs aim to build the interest and capacity of consultants, contractors, nongovernment organizations, and civil society organizations (hereafter referred to as "suppliers") in pursuing ADB's business opportunities and in understanding its procurement and anticorruption procedures. This will benefit ADB-financed projects in its developing member countries (DMCs) by enhancing competition for ADB-financed contracts, thereby promoting higher-quality bids that offer optimal value for money.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Strategic alignment. Strategy 2030 commits to dramatically modernize ADB's business processes in support of better and faster project procurement and implementation. ADB's 2017 procurement framework operationalizes this commitment by shifting from a rules-based to a principles-based approach to the procurement of goods, works, and services. The framework promotes the use of more fit-for-purpose procurement modalities to support innovative projects using advanced technologies and a wide range of ADB knowledge products and services, including through the introduction of quality and value for money as new core procurement principles. In order to fully realize this commitment, it is essential that ADB undertakes outreach efforts that communicate the features and priorities of Strategy 2030 and the 2017 procurement framework.

Purpose and nature of BOOIs. The BOOIs proposed by this TA form a critical part of this outreach effort. Significant portions of ADB's sovereign loans and grants to its DMCs are used to fund goods, works, and services that are procured following its procurement policies and regulations. To win and deliver successful contracts for ADB and its DMCs, suppliers shall be able to (i) locate ADB business opportunities, (ii) prepare high-quality and responsive bids, and (iii) understand ADB's procurement and anticorruption procedures. Since 1985, ADB has undertaken BOOIs in its member countries to increase this level of interest and capacity among relevant suppliers. ADB has funded these BOOIs through both its internal administrative budget (from various departments) and dedicated TA administered by PPFD - most recently, TA 7517 from 2010-2019 and TA 6343 from 2006-2009.

BOOIs include the annual Business Opportunities Fair (BOF), held at ADB headquarters, and a series of annual Business Opportunities Seminars (BOSs), held upon request in ADB member countries with the support of a local host organization. In March 2019, the BOF will mark its 10th anniversary, and past events have received about 700-1,000 participants. ADB organizes BOSs upon request from ADB's Board of Directors. The requesting member country (or countries, as BOSs may also be regional events) nominates a local host organization (often a ministry or a chamber of commerce) to organize the event, including all logistics and facility costs, while ADB funds the participation of its staff as resource persons. BOOIs are primarily attended by suppliers interested in doing business with ADB. The events have historically provided information about how to locate and successfully bid on ADB business opportunities, ADB's procurement policies, upcoming opportunities that may be of particular interest to participants, and other related information, such as ADB's accountability and anticorruption measures.

Lessons from past BOOIs. The TA proposes to continue ADB's dedicated support to BOOIs, building on lessons learned and incorporating the new priorities and features of Strategy 2030 and the 2017 procurement framework. Participants and local host organizations of BOOIs have consistently reported that they found the events to be successful, but also report a need to broaden and professionalize the engagement methods and resources used to respond to their needs. Participants and local host organizations are increasingly requesting that these events include a broader mix of staff from ADB's sovereign and nonsovereign operational departments. Likewise, participants and local host organizations are increasingly requesting BOOIs to be held in partnership with other development partners, since the opportunities and procurement procedures are often similar. In addition, some BOSs have experienced low attendance rates due to weak capacity of the local host organization and/or their lack of coordination with ADB.

The TA also proposes to continue earlier efforts in TAs 7517 and 6343 to improve monitoring and evaluation of the results chain of these BOOIs. While organization and standardization of BOOIs has improved, it remains difficult for ADB to assess whether a supplier's attendance at a BOOI increases its likelihood of subsequently bidding on and/or winning an ADB-financed contract. BOOIs should be able to demonstrate value for money both through qualitative feedback of participants (for example, that they intend to bid on ADB-financed contracts) and through quantitative data on their participation and success in bidding for such contracts in the years following the BOOI.

Reflective, small-scale approach toward improving BOOIs. The TA is structured as a short-term, small-scale, and reflective approach toward improving ADB's BOOIs. The TA at a glance is in Attachment 1. The approach reflects the need to reassess the delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of BOOIs at a time of profound change within ADB, as the organization focuses on rolling out Strategy 2030 and the 2017 procurement framework to its clients. The intent is to focus on developing and testing an improved model for BOOIs that a subsequent, more substantial TA can fund. This improved model will work toward fewer but larger, more specialized, and more collaborative BOOIs. The TA will pilot and roll out its proposed improvements across two annual rounds of BOOIs from mid-2019 to mid-2021.

Impact High-quality, competitive bids received from a diverse range of ADB member country suppliers for ADB-financed contracts
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Commitment of ADB member country suppliers to pursue ADB-financed contracts improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

BOOIs improve knowledge and capacity of ADB member country suppliers in procurement

BOOI management tool operationalized

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
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 Four individual national consultants will be recruited to assist in organizing BOF 2020 and BOF 2021 (two for each event). One individual national consultant will be recruited in 2019 to assist in developing the BOOI tool. All five consultants will be engaged on time-based contracts. Resource persons may be engaged to support BOFs and/or BOSs as moderators or keynote speakers. ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions.
Procurement

The TA will procure goods and nonconsulting services to support the BOFs and may also do so in support of individual BOSs. Goods and nonconsulting services for the BOFs will be procured through ADB's Office of Administrative Services, following Administrative Order 4.07. Procurement for any goods or nonconsulting services that may be required for individual BOSs in member countries will follow the ADB Procurement Policy and its associated staff instructions.

A procurement plan has not been generated for this TA since most of its anticipated costs for goods and nonconsulting services will be coursed through the Office of Administrative Services, which maintains existing contracts and framework agreements with relevant suppliers (e.g., catering services and events management). This precludes the TA from running its own competitive procurement processes for these items.

Responsible ADB Officer Julian Alexander Doczi
Responsible ADB Department PPFD
Responsible ADB Division PFP2
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 01 Feb 2019 to 01 Feb 2019
MRM -
Approval 19 Mar 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Mar 2019

TA 9721-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Mar 2019 - 19 Mar 2019 30 Jun 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 19 Mar 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Apr 2019 08 Apr 2019

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