Regional: Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific — Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54036-001

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 Details

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    Grover, Sanjay
    OPPP
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  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific — Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure
Project Number 54036-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Georgia
India
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Malaysia
Pakistan
Philippines
Papua New Guinea
China, People's Republic of
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Uzbekistan
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6588-REG: Creating Investable Cities in a Post-COVID-19 Asia and the Pacific Enhancing Competitiveness and Resilience through Quality Infrastructure
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.79 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
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 / Decentralization - Public expenditure and fiscal management

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming 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, 2019 2024 and is included in the 2020 work plan of ADB's Public Private Partnership Thematic Group.
Impact Increase in municipal QII
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Capacity for early-stage identification and preparation of quality infrastructure increased.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Grover, Sanjay
Responsible ADB Department OPPP
Responsible ADB Division OPOH
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Sep 2020
Fact Finding 23 Jan 2020 to 23 Jan 2020
MRM -
Approval 05 Nov 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Nov 2020

TA 6588-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
05 Nov 2020 - 05 Nov 2020 31 Dec 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,789,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,789,000.00 07 Sep 2021 0.00

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