Regional: Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2

Sovereign Project | 56111-001

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 Details

  • Project Officer
    Rosbach, Kristian
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2
Project Number 56111-001
Country / Economy Regional
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyz Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6936-REG: Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support, Phase 2
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6936-REG: Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor Support Phase 2
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 400,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
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.
Impact

Strong economic growth and agglomeration effects through economic corridor development realized

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

ABEC as pilot economic corridor under the CAREC program successfully implemented.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
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
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

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

International consultantsICS

National consultantsICS

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
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 May 2022
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 01 Aug 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Aug 2022

TA 6936-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
01 Aug 2022 - 01 Aug 2022 31 Dec 2024 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
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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Tenders

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

Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

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