Regional: Supporting Public Sector Management Reforms
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will improve public sector management (PSM) practices in seven Pacific developing member countries through (i) institutional strengthening of ministries of finance, other central management agencies, and relevant sector ministries; and (ii) supporting tailored policy advice and targeted analysis to promote longer-term fiscal sustainability for improved growth and public service delivery._The seven targeted countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu._The TA will also provide policy advice as requested to support the targeted countries during disasters caused by natural hazards, such as cyclones and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Homasi, Lily Anne F.
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|Project Name||Supporting Public Sector Management Reforms|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Reforms of state owned enterprises
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will improve public sector management (PSM) practices in seven Pacific developing member countries through (i) institutional strengthening of ministries of finance, other central management agencies, and relevant sector ministries; and (ii) supporting tailored policy advice and targeted analysis to promote longer-term fiscal sustainability for improved growth and public service delivery._The seven targeted countries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu._The TA will also provide policy advice as requested to support the targeted countries during disasters caused by natural hazards, such as cyclones and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The TA delivers (i) targeted assessments on PSM issues to inform government planning and development partner engagement; (ii) support for capacity development in PSM, with different focus areas depending on the country's need and absorptive capacity; and (iii) policy advice and dialogue to strengthen governance mechanisms and prioritize and implement reforms.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Strategy 2030 operational priority of strengthening governance and institutional capacity, accelerating progress in gender equality, and fostering regional cooperation and integration._ADB's Strategy 2030 also emphasizes a differentiated approach for small island developing states, given their unique structural constraints and vulnerabilities. Common areas for support in these countries are public procurement, tax administration, and state-owned enterprise (SOE) management. However, the approach to delivering support depends on the government's appetite for change, absorptive capacity, accessibility to technology, and platforms for communication. Under its Strategy 2030, ADB supports institutional strengthening in small island developing states to help enhance public service delivery, improve the business environment, and promote private sector-led growth. The TA also reflects the Pacific Approach, 2016-2020 strategic priority of managing risks through PSM operations that support country efforts to manage financial and economic risks._The TA is listed in the Regional Operations Business Plan, 2020-2022.
The TA is aligned with the following impact: delivery of public goods and services enhanced. The TA will have the following outcome: efficiency and effectiveness of public resource use improved.
Delivery of public goods and services enhanced.
|Description of Outcome||
Efficiency and effectiveness of public resource use improved
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Quality PSM assessments supported
Capacity of the governments central oversight and planning agencies strengthened
PSM reforms prioritized and implemented.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Sep 2022 Update:
Overall, good progress made with technical assistance supporting diagnostic and reforms in the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Tonga and soon in Fiji, Samoa and Tuvalu. Specific progress against outputs are as follows:
(1)Tailored advice and assessment - in Tonga, the TA delivered an economic and social impact assessment on the Tongan economy. The assessment informed Tonga's efforts to deliver its socio-economic measures to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and the community, and to assess and monitor the impact of the stimulus package. This specific contribution supported the formation of ADB's 2021 policy-based grant operation for Tonga.
(2)Capacity of government central oversight and planning agencies supported. For instance, in Kiribati since the TA began in October 2020, over 100 government counterparts benefited from targeted training on fiscal planning, the budget framework and the role of Treasury, financial forecasting, budget execution, cash management, commitment controls, change management, and the State-Owned Enterprise monitoring and tracking tool.
(3)PSM reforms prioritized and implemented for example, in the Cook Islands, the strategic planning and organizational work with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management led to the development and finalization of the Ministry's first Strategic Plan 2022-2026 which contains a prioritized list of economic reforms for the Cook Islands. The list will inform discussions and partnerships between the government and its development partners to implement critical reforms for improved fiscal management and service delivery.
|Geographical Location||Cook Islands - Nation-wide; Fiji - Nation-wide; Kiribati - Nation-wide; Niue - Nation-wide; Samoa - Nation-wide; Tonga - Nation-wide; Tuvalu - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||Yes, carried out in consultation with government.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Homasi, Lily Anne F.|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||16 Apr 2020|
|Fact Finding||09 Mar 2020 to 10 Mar 2023|
|Approval||15 Jul 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||21 Sep 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|24 Jun 2020||-||24 Jun 2020||30 Jun 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|3,500,000.00||1,040,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||4,540,000.00||21 Sep 2022||1,015,689.55|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Supporting Public Sector Management Reforms: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jun 2020|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Treasury-IFMIS Specialist, Government of Tonga (RE-ADVERTISED)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Nov 2022||26 Nov 2022|
|READVERTISED: Coordinator-Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Cook Islands)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Sep 2022||05 Oct 2022|
|Senior SOE Monitoring Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2022||22 Sep 2022|
|Deputy Director for Investment||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2022||22 Sep 2022|
|SOE Monitoring Analyst||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2022||22 Sep 2022|
|Team Leader and Organizational Development Specialist (Cook Islands)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||17 Jun 2022||23 Jun 2022|
|Procurement Specialist, Government of Tonga||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Apr 2022||28 Apr 2022|
|Budget Reform Specialist, Government of Tonga||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Apr 2022||28 Apr 2022|
|Economist – Finance and Planning, Government of Niue||Individual - Consulting||Closed||22 Feb 2022||28 Feb 2022|
|Short term capacity supplementation for the Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management– Cook Islands||Individual - Consulting||Closed||18 Nov 2020||24 Nov 2020|
|Economic Modelling Specialist (Cook Islands)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||06 Nov 2020||12 Nov 2020|
|Treasury Specialist/Team Leader (Kiribati)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jul 2020||05 Aug 2020|
|State-owned Enterprise Specialist (Kiribati)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jul 2020||05 Aug 2020|
|Economic Planning Institutional Strengthening Specialist (Kiribati)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jul 2020||05 Aug 2020|
|Economist/Planner (National/Regional)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jun 2020||13 Jul 2020|
|Economist/Team Leader||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jun 2020||06 Jul 2020|
|Social Development Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Jun 2020||06 Jul 2020|
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