Regional: Planning for Economic Recovery of South Asia from COVID-19

Sovereign Project | 54235-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) aims to support selected developing member countries (DMCs) of the South Asia Department (SARD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to (i) plan the medium-term recovery from the economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and (ii) adjust their long-term development strategies to changes in the global environment brought about by this pandemic.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Li, Dongxiang
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name Planning for Economic Recovery of South Asia from COVID-19
Project Number 54235-001
Country Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6529-REG: Planning for Economic Recovery of South Asia from COVID-19
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 6529-REG: Planning for Economic Recovery of South Asia from COVID-19
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Finance / Finance sector development

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Economic affairs management - Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) aims to support selected developing member countries (DMCs) of the South Asia Department (SARD) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to (i) plan the medium-term recovery from the economic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and (ii) adjust their long-term development strategies to changes in the global environment brought about by this pandemic.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy SARD developing member countries like any other regions have also been affected by COVID-19. Governments have prioritized saving lives from this global health pandemic and introduced large-scale community quarantine measures (travel restrictions and lockdown) to prevent the spread of the disease and over-burdening medical systems. These measures have enormous trade-off and economic cost and impacted the most the poor and vulnerable (including domestic and international migrants). Economic activities have been halted resulting to job losses and businesses closing.
Impact Selected SARD DMCs' economies recovered from COVID-19
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Capacity of governments to design medium-term economic recovery plans and adjust their long-term development strategies to the effects of COVID-19 enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Support for the preparation and/or strengthening of economic recovery plans provided

Support to adjust development strategies provided

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

The completion date of the TA has been extended to 31 December 2022.

OUTPUT 1: Support for the preparation and/or strengthening of economic recovery plans provided.

SLRM: Sri Lanka Diagnostic Studies. The Government of Sri Lanka is undertaking several diagnostic studies which were identified under the government's new National Policy Framework. The studies will draw from reports and analysis conducted by the government, research institutes, private sector, ADB, and other development partners, and consult with key stakeholders.

(i) Sri Lanka Diagnostic Study on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Assessment. A comprehensive report is being prepared on climate change and a disaster risk assessment and implications in Sri Lanka. The report will highlight the importance of factoring low-carbon and resilient considerations in COVID-19 recovery.

(ii) Sri Lanka Diagnostic Study on Environmental Sustainability. Environmental sustainability assessment report that will include challenges and opportunities arising from COVID-19 recovery and identify implications for government's development strategy and in planning COVID-19 recovery is being prepared.

(iii) Sri Lanka CPS Diagnostic Study on Private sector operations and public-private partnership. To strengthen private sector operations and public-private partnership (PPP) in Sri Lanka, and to identify priority infrastructure projects where private sector participation is possible, a private sector assessment is being undertaken. The assessment will look at the role of private sector in COVID-19 recovery in Sri Lanka.

(iv) Sri Lanka CPS Diagnostic Study on Private Sector Assessment. A comprehensive assessment on the role that private sector will play in recovery from COVID-19 in Sri Lanka and identification of implications for government's development strategy and in planning COVID-19 recovery is being undertaken. The report will analyze the nature and status of the private sector development in Sri Lanka; and identify business environment with a focus on access to finance.

OUTPUT 2: Support to adjust development strategies provided Several activities have recently been approved for implementation and will address issues on power and education.

SAEN: Implementation of Monitoring Platform for Consumer Service Standards. The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a fresh set of challenges on the power distribution companies (DISCOMs) affecting their demand, revenue and collection, as well as their financial and operational performance. To address this issue, the Ministry of Power (MoP) issued the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 on 21 December 2020 which emphasized that power systems exist to serve the consumers and the consumers should have the rights to get the proper services, and reliable, quality electricity. An online monitoring platform was envisaged to be developed that will define the key metrics in line with the provisions of the rules, lay out a process for regular data collection and reporting, built-in adequate checks to assess the appropriateness of the information and report the same in an objective and analytical manner. A holistic framework will be developed for performance monitoring of DISCOMs across key metrics defined in the consumer rules including interventions implemented by DISCOMs to manage the impact of disasters such as COVID-19 pandemic. The framework should provide a detailed view of systems and processes for data collection, reporting protocols, storage, management, frequency of updation, presentation.

SAUW: Buddhist circuit tourism and local economic development. India is one of countries that got hit severely from COVID-19 and is still struggling to get it controlled. Besides the death toll and impacts on human health, many people lost their jobs and livelihoods due to COVID-19 and its related lock down, particularly on people relying on the service economy. The proposed tourism activity aims to support the Government of India in developing a Buddhist circuit tourism development strategy, which can be part of the core economic recovery strategy from COVID-19 impacts particularly supporting Bihar and Uttar Pradesh two of the least developed states in India but has huge potentials to improve local economy, job creations, and people's livelihood. The Buddhist circuit tourism, if well managed, would provide an opportunity to boost regional development, while creating more jobs, stimulating entrepreneurs around tourism value change, and also making cities within the circuit livable and prosperous. The activity will help build solid ground and consensus with the Ministry of Tourism and other relevant ministries in India, and governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in adopting a new strategy for the Buddhist Circuit Tourism Development; to make progress action plans of the new strategy; and support the development of an initial investment project under the program on the Buddhist Circuit Tourism Development.

SAHS: Sri Lanka Education Knowledge Management Activities. A set of knowledge management activities on education is proposed and will include the conduct of: tracer study of TVET and higher education graduates; follow-up study on online tertiary education; study on higher education financing in upper middle-income country; international comparison study of city university; activity on supporting amendment of Universities Act; and an education sector assessment in Sri Lanka.

SAHS: Review of brief study on the use and evolution of online learning for individuals in the workforce or for organizations in Korea. A brief study has been commissioned on the use and evolution of online learning for individuals in the workforce or for organizations in Korea. The report provided an overview of the current landscape of online education for continuous learning in Korea; identified private and government supported programs or public-private partnerships for continuous learning; conducted a SWOT analysis of the online professional learning market in Korea; and summarized the salient features of existing practices and identify features that could be adapted by developing countries in Asia. The report will be published to increase its visibility and utilization across DMCs.

Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - 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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will recruit an international consulting firm, and international and national individual consultants for the implementation of activities. ADB may also engage resource persons, when necessary, for knowledge-sharing events. ADB will consider output-based (lump-sum) contracts for consulting services, as appropriate. It will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement Not applicable.
Responsible ADB Officer Li, Dongxiang
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Hayashi, Tadateru, --
[email protected]
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Mar 2022
Fact Finding 28 Apr 2020 to 28 Apr 2020
MRM -
Approval 29 Jun 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Jul 2021

TA 6529-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Jun 2020 - 29 Jun 2020 31 May 2022 31 Dec 2022 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
3,000,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,500,000.00 18 Nov 2021 107,985.45

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Tourism and Regional Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Mar 2021 18 Mar 2021
Consulting Firm: Implementation of Monitoring Platform for Consumer Service Standards Firm - Consulting Closed 23 Feb 2021 09 Mar 2021
Sri Lanka: Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020
Sri Lanka: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Country Assessment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Dec 2020 08 Dec 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 6529 10 Jun 2021 KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited in association with HKRP INNOVATIONS LLP (HKRP), INDIA | Lodha Excelus, Apollo Mills Cmpd, NM Joshi xmi, Mumbai 400011/Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel Mumbai Asian Development Bank 362,340.00

Procurement Plan

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