Regional : Smart and Livable Cities in Southeast Asia
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support selected Southeast Asian developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to plan and develop livable cities that are smart, inclusive, environmentally sustainable, resilient, and competitive. The KSTA will leverage a OneADB approach and ADBs knowledge, finance, and partnerships to support project preparation and implementation, financing, and associated capacity development in the areas of (i) planning systems, (ii) service delivery, and (iii) financial management of the cities.
Southeast Asia Department
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- Water and other urban infrastructure and services
|Project Name||Smart and Livable Cities in Southeast Asia|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Lao People's Democratic Republic
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Operational Priorities||OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
OP4: Making cities more livable
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
|Sector / Subsector||
Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban policy, institutional and capacity development
|Gender||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support selected Southeast Asian developing member countries (DMCs) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to plan and develop livable cities that are smart, inclusive, environmentally sustainable, resilient, and competitive. The KSTA will leverage a OneADB approach and ADBs knowledge, finance, and partnerships to support project preparation and implementation, financing, and associated capacity development in the areas of (i) planning systems, (ii) service delivery, and (iii) financial management of the cities.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
To ensure Southeast Asian cities minimize the challenges and maximize the opportunities resulting from urbanization, cities will need to ensure they have sufficient capacity for:
(i)Effective Urban Planning: Many SEA cities lack the technical capacity for integrated urban planning, and design and delivery of resilient and green urban infrastructures and services. The cities also lack the capacity to identify, assess and adopt smart and innovative technologies for urban planning to address climate change and rapid urbanization. Inadequate institutional structures, overlapping and fragmented arrangements to oversee management of complex and demanding urban services, and lack of appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks, integrated planning, and financing systems have all led to urban sprawls and unplanned developments, urban environmental degradation, and overall poor level of livability, sustainability, and resilience in the SEA cities;
(ii)Effective Service Delivery: Many SEA cities lack capacity to identify, assess and adopt innovative approaches and smart technology. In addition, there are various challenges including budget and capacity for asset management, and sustainable operation and maintenance at the local government and service provider level which limit effective and efficient delivery of services to its citizens.
(iii)Effective Financial Management: The annual infrastructure investment needed for the SEA region was estimated to be about $210 billion from 2016 to 2030. The local and city governments, and the municipal service providers receive limited financial income through tax, tariff, subsidy from the central government, and other sources. Due to lack of well-regulated tariff systems, prudent financial management capacity, smart and innovative solutions, local capital resource mobilization and private sector participation, and inadequate revenue streams, the cities cannot invest enough in the key infrastructures and services that will improve livability and resilience.
Responding to both the challenges and opportunities of urbanization, and the need to enhance planning, service delivery and financial management, the TA is designed to support SEA cities to leapfrog using the exponential growth and emergence of technology and innovations. The deployment of broadband infrastructure, mobile telecom penetration, and wireless connectivity across SEA countries provides an opportunity for cities and service providers to plan, coordinate, govern, and finance urban services more effectively and efficiently. As such the TA will explore the possibility to apply disruptive technologies such as mobile internet, big data, cloud technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the automation of knowledge work to increase city smartness and as a result enhance livability. Examples of technologies to be explored include operating systems using real time data from sensors and IoT, tax payment and tariff collection systems, analyzing habitation patterns through socioeconomic profiles, understanding the needs of the citizens, analyzing service usage patterns, analyzing climate change events, and forecasting future events. Attracting private sector participation and investment through new technology, and financial innovation, the cities could break the norms and deliver more competitive, livable, and resilient environment.
Competitiveness, resilience, and livability levels of cities in Southeast Asia improved
|Description of Outcome||
Capacity of the participating cities to plan and enforce urban planning systems, provide services, and sustainably manage finances improved
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Urban planning and enforcement systems in participating cities strengthened
Service delivery in participating cities strengthened
Financing structures and financial management systems in participating cities strengthened
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Cambodia - Nation-wide, Battambang, Kampot, Krong Bavet, Phnom Penh, Poipet; Indonesia - Nation-wide, Makassar, Palembang, Pontianak, Semarang; Lao People's Democratic Republic - Nation-wide, Luang Prabang, Pakse, Savannakhet; Malaysia - Nation-wide, Penang; Philippines - Nation-wide, Baguio, Baguio City, Coron, Davao, El Nido; Thailand - Nation-wide, Chon Buri; Viet Nam - Nation-wide, Gia Nghia, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Phan Rang, Phan Thiet|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||ADB will engage consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Advance contracting will be used for the recruitment of the technical assistance implementation support consultant. Surveys and other support services, if required, will be acquired by the consultant following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions. Consultants will procure goods and equipment for pilot testing.|
|Procurement||Necessary software, equipment, goods, and non-consulting services to support KSTA implementation will be procured following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Thu, Kyaw|
|Responsible ADB Department||Southeast Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, SERD|
Asian Development Bank
|Concept Clearance||17 Aug 2022|
|Approval||21 Dec 2022|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||21 Dec 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|21 Dec 2022||-||21 Dec 2022||31 Dec 2025||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|750,000.00||2,250,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||3,000,000.00||15 Mar 2023||0.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Smart and Livable Cities in Southeast Asia: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2022|
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