|Project Name||Strengthening Knowledge and Capacities for the Design and Implementation of Free Trade Agreements Involving Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries|
China, People's Republic of
|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
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
Global and regional trade and investment opportunities expanded. (Pillar 2 of ADB Strategy 2030 Operational Priority 7: Fostering Regional Cooperation and Integration)
Integration of CAREC countries in the global economy enhanced. (CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030 and Rolling Strategic Action Plan 2018 2020)
|Description of Outcome||CAREC countries' capacities for designing, negotiating, implementing, and monitoring of FTAs improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Evidence-based policy recommendations generated and action plans developed
Technical capacity of CAREC member countries to design, negotiate, implement, and monitor FTAs improved
Roadmap for a CAREC FTA developed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The regional technical assistance (RETA) was approved on 31 August 2020 to strengthen capacities of designing, negotiating, implementing, and monitoring free trade agreements involving Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) countries. Initial consultations with CAREC governments were made to gather interest on free trade agreement (FTA) capacity building support and affirmative responses were received. Interdepartmental project team has been set up to implement the RETA. The TA Coordinator and Program Manager (total of 5 person-months of national expertise) in late November 2021 to support the TA implementation. It was originally envisaged that a team of consultants will be recruited through a firm to conduct analytical and capacity development activities to produce a comprehensive analysis of FTA guidelines and various thematic assessments.
After further review of the deliverables and the detailed terms of reference of the consultants, a minor change in TA implementation arrangements deemed to be necessary. This will realign the technical expertise required to better support and achieve the deliverables as per the TA's design and monitoring framework by (i) reducing the number of experts to be recruited under a firm and include 3 capacity building experts who will primarily focus on the capacity building component and improving the competencies of government officials involved in FTAs; and (ii) hiring the following international positions initially envisaged through a firm, now to be hired through individual consultant selection method: (a) Free Trade Agreement Expert/Trade Economist and Team Leader, (b) Free Trade Agreement Expert/Trade Economist for Thematic Assessments, (c) CAREC Regional Free Trade Agreement Expert, and (d) Global Computable General Equilibrium Model Expert Model Expert; and (iii) reallocating 2 person-months from national Free Trade Agreement Expert/Trade Economist to a national Global Computable General Equilibrium Model expert. The TA minor change in implementation arrangement will better align the consultancy inputs to the TA's outcome and activities and does not entail additional funding, substantially alter, affect, and will not result in any change in the TA's outcome, outputs, and activities.
As of March 2021, the three individual international consultants are now onboard: (a) Free Trade Agreement Expert/Trade Economist and Team Leader, (b) CAREC Regional Free Trade Agreement Expert, and (d) Global Computable General Equilibrium Model Expert Model Expert, while recruitment for a company/firm for the capacity building component is ongoing. In parallel, an initial discussion with the CAREC Institute (CI) and the Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was initiated to seek and explore their interest in partnering with ADB. CI confirmed its great interest, readiness, and available human resources for the opportunity to collaborate in research and capacity building. PRC MofCom gave the assurance on its readiness to cooperate with ADB in the arrangements about the regional CAREC-wide FTA in doing research and in providing training and other capacity building programs.
|Geographical Location||Afghanistan - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The TA will require an estimated 60 person-months of international and national consultant inputs, including resource persons to be recruited to serve as presenters or facilitators at workshops. ADB will engage consultants and resource persons following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Karimova, Zulfia K.|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||13 Apr 2020|
|Approval||31 Aug 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Mar 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|31 Aug 2020||-||31 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||1,200,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,200,000.00||31 Aug 2020||601.69|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Knowledge and Capacities for the Design and Implementation of Free Trade Agreements Involving Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Countries: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Aug 2020|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 6558||10 Jun 2021||POLICY & MANAGEMENT CONSULTING GROUP (PMCG)||20 Shevchenko Street, Tbilisi, Georgia 0108||Asian Development Bank||249,261.00||—|
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