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Regional: Policy Advice for COVID-19 Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54219-001 Status: Active

The TA will support the implementation of the COVID-19 Countercyclical Pandemic Response Option loans, as well as guide developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia to bounce back in their economic performance to pre-COVID-19 levels. Experts will be engaged to help DMCs prepare recovery and transformation plans.

Project Details

Project Officer
Rush, Jason M. Southeast Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Policy Advice for COVID-19 Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia
Project Number 54219-001
Country Regional
Cambodia
Indonesia
Myanmar
Philippines
Thailand
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9964-REG: Policy Advice for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) in Southeast Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 5.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Finance / Banking systems and nonbank financial institutions - Finance sector development

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Small and medium enterprise development

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Public expenditure and fiscal management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The TA will support the implementation of the COVID-19 Countercyclical Pandemic Response Option loans, as well as guide developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia to bounce back in their economic performance to pre-COVID-19 levels. Experts will be engaged to help DMCs prepare recovery and transformation plans.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA aims to enhance capacity of Southeast Asian DMCs to design and implement comprehensive policy responses to support economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak. The TA will have special focus on protecting the poor and vulnerable with due regard for gender considerations and promoting RCI.
Impact Southeast Asian DMCs' bounce back in their economic performance to pre-COVID-19 levels achieved
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Capacity of Southeast Asian DMCs to design and implement comprehensive policy responses to support inclusive economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Support for effective implementation of CPRO loans provided

Incisive assessments and analysis undertaken of the impact of COVID-19 and the policy measures

Policy consultations with senior officials held to guide the formulation of recovery and transformational strategies and plans

Recovery and transformational strategies and action plans formulated

RCI implications and knowledge sharing among Southeast Asian countries distilled

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Under Output 1, country teams have prepared quarterly progress reports on the implementation of the country engagement frameworks for the CARES program. Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand have actively utilized TA support to engage experts. Monitoring reports on the implementation of CPRO loans were completed for Indonesia (September 2020 and March 2021), the Philippines (February 2021), and Cambodia (March 2021). The monitoring report for Thailand is expected by April. The implementation of the CARES program in Myanmar is temporarily on hold given the evolving situation in the country.

For Output 2, a firm, Alphabeta (Sg) Pte Ltd Singapore, was engaged to assess the impact of COVID-19 focusing on thematic issues common across countries in Southeast Asia, i.e., post-COVID-19 recovery strategies, domestic resource mobilization, green recovery and application of big data and new technologies. AlphaBeta has submitted a draft final report. Based on the report, four policy briefs were prepared and released on 17 March with the full reports to be published later this year.

Under Outputs 3 and 4, the following activities were completed: (i) ADB convened on 9 June 2020 a panel of high-level health experts, economists, social policy experts, finance professionals and government policy makers for a dialogue on near-term policy challenges and recovery strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia. A follow-on meeting was held on 17 August 2020 to further discuss measures to support the Philippine Government's recovery efforts.; (ii) Experts from the University of Chicago and Quantitative Health Group LLC were engaged to develop an epidemiological and serological testing model of COVID-19 in Indonesia. The model aims to guide policy makers on the appropriate suppression policy (adaptive control) to implement and incorporate key considerations on vaccination policy. (iii). Findings from the AlphaBeta report were disseminated through thematic discussions with experts and country consultation in the first quarter of 2021. Deep dive workshops for government officials were conducted on 18 March during the Southeast Asia Development Symposium.

For output 5, three experts were engaged to examine the implications of COVID-19 on regional cooperation and integration such as on trade, investments and supply chains, and on poverty.

Geographical Location Cambodia - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Myanmar - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Thailand - 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 ADB consults regularly with various government offices or agencies in assessing areas for assistance to help the government formulate or implement policies or measures in response to COVID-19.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Consulting firm or firms,

About 13 International experts, 52 person-months

About 10 National experts, 68 person-months

Responsible ADB Officer Rush, Jason M.
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SERD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 17 Apr 2020 to 17 Apr 2020
MRM -
Approval 24 Apr 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2021

TA 9964-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
24 Apr 2020 - 24 Apr 2020 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,000,000.00 24 Apr 2020 899,358.74

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
CAM: HH Survey Program-Statistician/Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 29 May 2021 04 Jun 2021
PHI-Special Holding Company (Management Consulting Firm: Corporate Organization and Structure) Firm - Consulting Closed 27 May 2021 16 Jun 2021
Knowledge Sharing Expert 3 (outreach) Individual - Consulting Closed 13 May 2021 15 May 2021
INO-International Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Apr 2021 04 May 2021
National Knowledge Sharing Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
International Knowledge Sharing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
Knowledge Sharing Expert 2 (website management) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
Knowledge Sharing Expert 1 (web content) Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2021 27 Apr 2021
INO: Support for Indonesia’s Health Sector Reform Strategy (HSRS) Firm - Consulting Closed 16 Apr 2021 05 May 2021
CPRO Implementation#4 THA Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Mar 2021 18 Mar 2021
Regional Cooperation Expert (Poverty/Inequality) Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021
CPRO (National-Thailand) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Feb 2021 18 Feb 2021
Roundtable _Fiscal Resources Management_RP2 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Feb 2021 09 Feb 2021
THA_Household Debt Analysis (national-Senior) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2021 14 Feb 2021
THA_Household Debt Analysis (national) Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Feb 2021 12 Feb 2021
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 30 Jan 2021 05 Feb 2021
Epidemiology Expert Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
CPRO (Intl-Thailand) Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2021 01 Feb 2021
Research Associate Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
Country Economist Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2021 04 Feb 2021
Philippine Identification System Firm - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2020 11 Dec 2020
CPRO (National-CAM_Gender) Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Nov 2020 23 Nov 2020
CPRO (Intl-CAM) Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Sep 2020 27 Sep 2020
CPRO (National-CAM) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Sep 2020 18 Sep 2020
COVID Assessment and Recovery Plan Firm - Consulting Closed 12 Aug 2020 25 Aug 2020
CPRO (Intl-PHI) Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Aug 2020 24 Aug 2020
CPRO (National-PHI) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Jul 2020 28 Jul 2020
Output 5: RCI expert (international) Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Jul 2020 23 Jul 2020
PACER RCI expert (national) Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Jul 2020 15 Jul 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 9964 27 Oct 2020 ALPHABETA (SG) PTE LTD(SINGAPORE) 1 Upper Circular Road, #04-01 Singapore Singapore Asian Development Bank 468,057.00

Procurement Plan

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