Regional : Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure
More than 95% of all coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, are in urban areas. COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of developing member country (DMC) cities, which are on the front line of COVID-19 containment efforts. The benefits of urban agglomeration, such as high density, lower mobility costs, and improved regional and international connectivity, that have made DMC cities the engines of economic growth in Asia and the Pacific have left cities exposed to the risks of COVID-19 a major challenge in the fight against the pandemic. COVID-19 provides an impetus to strengthen DMC cities' financial resiliency and domestic resource mobilization, and build their capacity to erect quality infrastructure to 'build back better and drive economic recovery efforts across the region.
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|Project Name||Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Papua New Guinea
China, People's Republic of
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Operational Priorities||OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Decentralization - Public expenditure and fiscal management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender||Some gender elements|
|Description||More than 95% of all coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, are in urban areas. COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerabilities of developing member country (DMC) cities, which are on the front line of COVID-19 containment efforts. The benefits of urban agglomeration, such as high density, lower mobility costs, and improved regional and international connectivity, that have made DMC cities the engines of economic growth in Asia and the Pacific have left cities exposed to the risks of COVID-19 a major challenge in the fight against the pandemic. COVID-19 provides an impetus to strengthen DMC cities' financial resiliency and domestic resource mobilization, and build their capacity to erect quality infrastructure to 'build back better and drive economic recovery efforts across the region.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||This project will leverage Asian Development Bank (ADB) resources, knowledge, and partnerships to help cities in DMCs increase their technical, financial, and managerial capacity to develop quality municipal infrastructure and improve their competitiveness and resilience post-COVID-19. The TA is aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030 and its operational priorities, in particular priority 4 (making cities more livable) and priority 6 (strengthening governance and institutional capacity). The TA is also aligned with the operational plan for private sector operations, 20192024 and is included in the 2020 work plan of ADB's PublicPrivate Partnership Thematic Group.|
|Impact||Increase in municipal QII??|
|Description of Outcome||Capacity for early-stage identification and preparation of quality infrastructure increased.??|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||Frameworks to improve cities' ability to implement QII developed.??City credit-rating tool developed.??Cities' capacity to implement quality??Partner city action plans developed to support early-stage QII pipelines.??|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Bangladesh - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Malaysia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Grover, Sanjay|
|Responsible ADB Department||Office of Public-Private Partnership|
|Responsible ADB Division||OPOH|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||17 Sep 2020|
|Fact Finding||23 Jan 2020 to 23 Jan 2020|
|Approval||05 Nov 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||05 Nov 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|05 Nov 2020||-||05 Nov 2020||31 Dec 2025||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,939,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,939,000.00||11 May 2023||188,894.88|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific - Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Nov 2020|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development Technical Assistance||Technical Assistance 6588||19 Apr 2023||ASSYST International Private Limited (INDIA) | Kochi: II-138, Thaikkattukara P.O. Muttam, Kochi, Kerala, Aluva 683 106 India||Asian Development Bank||281,924.00||—|
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