Regional: Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2
The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will continue supporting the implementation of a pilot cross-border economic corridor around Almaty and Bishkek under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. The governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic are implementing an economic corridor between Almaty, Bishkek, and the surrounding regions since 2014. The proposed TA will support the work of the ABEC Subcommittee in designing new regional projects, develop a new mechanism for selecting projects, and develop a framework for a regional development fund.
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|Project Name||Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2|
|Country / Economy||Regional
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
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
Health / Health system development
Transport / Multimodal logistics - Road transport (non-urban) - Urban roads and traffic management
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will continue supporting the implementation of a pilot cross-border economic corridor around Almaty and Bishkek under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. The governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic are implementing an economic corridor between Almaty, Bishkek, and the surrounding regions since 2014. The proposed TA will support the work of the ABEC Subcommittee in designing new regional projects, develop a new mechanism for selecting projects, and develop a framework for a regional development fund.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The work of the ABEC Subcommittee will continue to be supported regarding the conceptualization, preparation, and readiness of investment projects and initiatives with regional relevance in the ABEC region. The proposed TA will prepare the framework for a regional development fund that is planned to be set up and controlled by the ABEC subcommittee. Further outreach and communication efforts will establish the economic corridor further, attract more interest from other development partners as possible contributors to the development fund, and communicate the achieved development and regional cooperation impact of ABEC.|
Strong economic growth and agglomeration effects through economic corridor development realized
|Description of Outcome||
ABEC as pilot economic corridor under the CAREC program successfully implemented.
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Conceptualization, readiness, and policy reform enabling the preparation of investment projects with regional relevance in the ABEC region strengthened.
Institutional capacity and outreach of ABEC Subcommittee improved.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Kazakhstan - Almaty; Kyrgyz Republic - Bishkek|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||ABEC gained new momentum through the creation of the Kyrgyz Republic-Kazakhstan ABEC Subcommittee in 2017, which is co-chaired by deputy ministers of economy and supported by ADB's existing ABEC Support TA. The progress and agreements of the ABEC Subcommittee are reported to the bilateral Kazakh-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Council--an annual meeting of the prime ministers of both countries. Between 2017 and 2022, six ABEC Subcommittee meetings were held, and their protocols were signed by both co-chairs.|
|During Project Implementation||ADB will continue supporting the implementation of ABEC for both governments continuously interact in working groups to develop, implement, and review investment projects, policy reforms, and other initiatives that implement ABEC and strengthen the regional cooperation between both countries.|
Consulting firms and individual consultants will be engaged to provide international and national consulting inputs. Resource persons will also be engaged, as needed.
Consultant firmsQCBS with 90:10 quality-cost ratio, and single source selection
|Procurement||ADB will engage the consultants and resource persons and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.|
|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
|Concept Clearance||24 May 2022|
|Approval||01 Aug 2022|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Aug 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|01 Aug 2022||-||01 Aug 2022||31 Dec 2024||31 Dec 2025||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,900,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,900,000.00||06 Jan 2023||5,392.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Aug 2022|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|International Development and Regional Cooperation Expert (KGZ)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Nov 2022||14 Nov 2022|
|International Development and Regional Cooperation Expert (KAZ)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||09 Nov 2022||14 Nov 2022|
|International Development and Regional Cooperation Expert (KGZ)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Oct 2022||09 Nov 2022|
|Transport Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Oct 2022||03 Nov 2022|
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