Regional: Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Skills Development under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program
The TA will help CAREC countries achieving a stronger regional integration conducive for higher, more inclusive and sustainable economic growth through improvements in the standards and harmonization in HE and TVET and promotion of greater skill mobility while facilitating evidence-based decision-making process.
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|Project Name||Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Skills Development under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program|
|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||
Education / Education sector development - Technical and vocational education and training
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will help CAREC countries achieving a stronger regional integration conducive for higher, more inclusive and sustainable economic growth through improvements in the standards and harmonization in HE and TVET and promotion of greater skill mobility while facilitating evidence-based decision-making process.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
There is a clear gap in the CAREC Program on the Human Development Cluster (as part of the CAREC 2030s five clusters) and the need to build up the ADB's scoping study recommendations on Education and Skills Development Under the CAREC Program, by focusing on regional cooperation to strengthen skills development at Higher Education (HE) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) levels through adopting the long-life learning paradigm acknowledging skill mobility as part of skills development. The latter has become so important because labor markets in the region have extended beyond borders, while the existing skills mobility channels are inefficient and lack transparency with a limited scope to support a large-scale deployment through Government-to-Government (G-to-G and Business-to-Business (B-to-B) recruitments, resulting in the Private Recruitment Agency (PRA) as the most widely used, while it remains unclear, costly and unable to fully protect migrant workers. Moreover, to be able to conduct a series of assessments on the job and labor market in the region comprehensively and regularly, there is a need to have a labor market information system for monitoring and evaluation.
Improving connectivity in the soft infrastructure to strengthen the connectivity in the hard infrastructure of the road, energy and others, is key for regional integration. This is really needed for CAREC region, which is still among the least connected in the world. The HE and TVET systems in the region face significant challenges and as skills development worldwide improve fast, there is a risk that the region could be left behind and suffering from a brain drain as its talented work force are attracted elsewhere. Therefore, the region needs to strengthen its national, regional and global skills standards to be more competitive to provide a strong basis for more foreign direct investments and people-to-people connections. The resulting improved skills development and overall people connectivity will bring positive ramifications to the economy through increased regional and global trades and investments, as well as developments of various economic corridors with their special economic zones (SEZs) as part of the global production networks and value chains.
|Impact||Human development improved through increased quality, mobility, and productivity of the labor force of the CAREC countries|
|Description of Outcome||Regional cooperation and integration in the CAREC region strengthened through better utilization and allocation of human resources in line with the CAREC 2030 and Strategy 2030 Operational Plan|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Standardization and harmonization in higher education strengthened
Standardization and harmonization in TVET strengthened
Governance and regulation of recruitment systems improved
Labor market database and information system developed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Azerbaijan - 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||ASEAN University Network, University of Tsukuba|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||A total of 305 person-months (pm) of international firm (66 pm) under quality-based selection and individual consulting services (71 pm of international consultants and 168 pm of national consultants) will be provided using time-based and lumpsum or output-based contracts. International and national consultants may include researcher and data analysts; education, training, and IT experts; publications and/or website developers; and event organizers. ADB will also engage international and national experts, which may include ADB staff, as resource persons to make presentations and/or to facilitate discussions at workshops, trainings, focus group discussions, seminar, conferences, and other events. ADB will engage individual consultants and international firm following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|Procurement||The purchase of software, data, and equipment will follow ADB Procurement Policy and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sugiyarto, Guntur|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||19 May 2021|
|Fact Finding||03 May 2021 to 31 May 2021|
|Approval||14 Oct 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||09 Jul 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Oct 2021||-||14 Oct 2021||30 Sep 2024||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000,000.00||07 Jan 2022||427.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Skills Development under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2021|
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