Regional: South Caucasus Gateways
The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will facilitate the development of a regional cooperation approach to unleash the economic potential of the South Caucasus region comprising of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia in the new realm of reopening gateways agreed in the 2020 Armenia-Azerbaijan Ceasefire Agreement. The South Caucasus Regional Cooperation Approach (SCRCA) will assess the benefits of economic cooperation within and beyond the region, amidst political uncertainties. The approach will provide options to identify and optimize international and domestic gateways and provide a roadmap for the region to regain its historical significance for trade and transit especially with Central West Asia and as a bridge to Europe. Blocked historical transport routes because of divided land and closed border crossing points result in high costs for trade, reducing the competitiveness of the region's exports.
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|Project Name||South Caucasus Gateways|
|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||
Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agro-industry, marketing, and trade
Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development - Trade and services
Transport / Multimodal logistics - Transport policies and institutional development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will facilitate the development of a regional cooperation approach to unleash the economic potential of the South Caucasus region comprising of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia in the new realm of reopening gateways agreed in the 2020 Armenia-Azerbaijan Ceasefire Agreement. The South Caucasus Regional Cooperation Approach (SCRCA) will assess the benefits of economic cooperation within and beyond the region, amidst political uncertainties. The approach will provide options to identify and optimize international and domestic gateways and provide a roadmap for the region to regain its historical significance for trade and transit especially with Central West Asia and as a bridge to Europe. Blocked historical transport routes because of divided land and closed border crossing points result in high costs for trade, reducing the competitiveness of the region's exports. New gateways can yield considerable economic benefits for the region and hence support the political peacebuilding process.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||Each country of the South Caucasus region claims its role as a transport hub between Asia and Europe. To realize this potential, however, the countries' cooperation among each other is a precondition. South Caucasus gateways are competing with other transport routes and only the fastest and least expensive routes will attract significant transport flows. All three countries have made significant efforts to improve soft and hard trade infrastructure including investments to reduce travel time and facilitate trade and align with international integration initiatives. The region would benefit from improved connections. The SCRCA will aim to leverage the region's investments, trade facilitation efforts, and significance in interregional transport gateways to provide transport and trade options that benefit Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The approach will be sensitive to political realities, consider the status of existing transport infrastructure, help maximize benefits from trade agreements, support the diversification of exports through lower transport costs, and enhance value added in the region. The approach will also assess new tourism opportunities through re-opened gateways within the region and with neighboring countries.|
|Impact||a shared vision for a South Caucasus Gateway that improves understanding and commitment of Caucasus countries for regional cooperation|
|Description of Outcome||Increased trade among Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and their neighbors|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Political economy assessment for South Caucasus Gateways prepared
Sector assessments for exports and regional value chains
South Caucasus Regional Cooperation Approach developed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Armenia - Nation-wide; Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||A total of 25 person-months of individual consulting services (up to 8 international consultants for 15 person-months and up to 9 national consultants for 10 person-months) will be provided using mostly lumpsum/output-based contracts.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Rosbach, Kristian|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Div, CWRD|
Asian Development Bank
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Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
|Concept Clearance||18 Jun 2021|
|Approval||11 Oct 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Oct 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Oct 2021||-||11 Oct 2021||31 Dec 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|750,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||750,000.00||01 Apr 2022||17,981.88|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|South Caucasus Gateways: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2021|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Economist (Georgia)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||03 Dec 2021||12 Dec 2021|
|Economist (Armenia)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Nov 2021||01 Dec 2021|
|Economist (Azerbaijan)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Nov 2021||01 Dec 2021|
|Regional Agro-Food Value-Chain Assessment||Individual - Consulting||Closed||15 Oct 2021||21 Oct 2021|
|Political Economy Assessment||Individual - Consulting||Closed||14 Oct 2021||20 Oct 2021|
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