Regional: Promoting Digitalization for Green and Inclusive Growth in Asia

Sovereign Project | 55257-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support knowledge development and provide policy advice on fostering green and inclusive growth via digitalization in developing Asia. This TA focuses on enabling information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate Asia's transition toward green and inclusive growth. The Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) will carry out the TA in collaboration with global and regional experts for quality research and resources and will disseminate outputs to policy makers and stakeholders.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Tian, Shu
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Promoting Digitalization for Green and Inclusive Growth in Asia
Project Number 55257-001
Country / Economy Regional
Indonesia
Korea, Republic of
Malaysia
Philippines
China, People's Republic of
Singapore
Thailand
Viet Nam
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6920-REG: Green and Digital Growth
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Small and medium enterprise development

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

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support knowledge development and provide policy advice on fostering green and inclusive growth via digitalization in developing Asia. This TA focuses on enabling information and communication technology (ICT) to facilitate Asia's transition toward green and inclusive growth. The Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD) will carry out the TA in collaboration with global and regional experts for quality research and resources and will disseminate outputs to policy makers and stakeholders.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Developing Asia needs to transit for a green, inclusive, and resilient growth trajectory, as the region needs to keep tackling challenges to reduce poverty and inequality as well as enhance resilience to future shocks caused by climate change and pandemics. There is increasing awareness that ICT infrastructure and digitalization present opportunities to foster the shift towards green and inclusive growth (UNDP, 2020). Digitalization can contribute to green and inclusive growth by enabling more capital input, enhancing efficiency, and fostering innovation, via remote working, energy efficient, and new market and demand from innovative solutions. Digitalization also creates environmental and social benefits via jobs, investor confidence and greater resilience and poverty reduction. However, at present, only a few leading developing Asian economies, such as the India, PRC, Republic of Korea, and Singapore, have made significant progress on digital transformation, most developing Asian economies generally lack conducive policy frameworks to facilitate digitalization and innovation towards green and inclusive growth. Identifying policies to foster advances and adoption of ICT technology and innovation in developing Asia will not only guide ICT-enabled sustainable growth but also sheds light on developing other types of technologies to support low-carbon transition.

Developing Asia will benefit from knowledge and policies that connect innovative digital solutions to green and inclusive growth. This TA aims to generate knowledge on the drivers, impediments, and good practices on utilizing ICT to foster green industries and technologies and contribute to policy capacity on how to support digital ecosystems and accelerate digitalization for green and inclusive growth. The findings of the TA could also serve as basis for pipelines that highlight climate change considerations in various sectors in the context of digitization.

Impact

Poverty and inequalities among developing Asia's population reduced

Support for climate and disaster resilience and sustainable environmental sustainability in developing Asia scaled up

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

DMCs' knowledge and capacity to develop policies that accelerate digital transformation towards green and inclusive growth improved.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge about opportunities and challenges of green and inclusive growth generated.

Knowledge about smooth digital transformation for sustainable growth promoted.

Knowledge and capacity to form a conducive policy environment for sustainable growth through digitalization strengthened.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location China - Nation-wide; Indonesia - Nation-wide; Korea, Republic of - Nation-wide; Malaysia - Nation-wide; Philippines - Nation-wide; Singapore - Nation-wide; Thailand - Nation-wide; Viet Nam - 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
Responsible ADB Officer Tian, Shu
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division ERMR
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 01 Mar 2022
Fact Finding 01 Dec 2021 to 28 Feb 2022
MRM -
Approval 30 May 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 03 Jun 2022

TA 6920-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 May 2022 - 30 May 2022 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 17 Jun 2022 21,884.41

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