Regional : Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)

Sovereign Project | 57292-001

The TA will continue to support the implementation of the CAREC 2030 strategy, and strengthen the role of the CAREC Program as a regional cooperation platform to help member countries respond to the region's emerging needs and priorities in an effective and collective manner. It will focus on (i) enhancing policy dialogue, knowledge exchange, and analytical work to support decision-making across CAREC's operational areas and cross-cutting themes; (ii) strengthening institutional coordination and mechanisms for project identification, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation of results; and (iii) supporting communication and outreach activities to raise awareness of the CAREC Program in the region and beyond.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Lazaro, Dorothea
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Industry and trade
Project Name
Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)
Project Number
57292-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10298-REG: Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 225,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA: Implementing the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)
Source Amount
Regional Cooperation and Integration Fund US$ 25,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Education sector development

  • Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

  • Health / Health sector development and reform

  • Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

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

  • Public sector management / Public administration

  • Transport / Multimodal logistics - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description
The TA will continue to support the implementation of the CAREC 2030 strategy, and strengthen the role of the CAREC Program as a regional cooperation platform to help member countries respond to the region's emerging needs and priorities in an effective and collective manner. It will focus on (i) enhancing policy dialogue, knowledge exchange, and analytical work to support decision-making across CAREC's operational areas and cross-cutting themes; (ii) strengthening institutional coordination and mechanisms for project identification, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation of results; and (iii) supporting communication and outreach activities to raise awareness of the CAREC Program in the region and beyond.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The CAREC Program has been a proactive facilitator of regionally important projects and policy initiatives critical to sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region. Since its inception in 2001, CAREC has mobilized over $51.6 billion in investments for 280 projects, which have helped improve regional transportation networks, increase energy trade and security, facilitate free movement of people and freight, and advance the development of economic corridors. With the adoption of the CAREC 2030 Strategy in 2017, the Program significantly expanded its scope of operations into five operational clusters covering more than 10 sectors and three cross-cutting themes.

Notable progress has been achieved in implementing the CAREC 2030 strategy amid a challenging global environment. Sectoral and thematic strategies have been prepared across traditional (transport, energy, and trade) and new operational areas (tourism, health, gender, and digitalization). CAREC has also developed scoping studies to identify potential regional initiatives in other areas, such as education and skills development, water, aviation, and cross-border community collaboration, among others. The CAREC Climate Change Vision, endorsed in 2023, seeks to help countries implement their commitments under the Paris Agreement and the SDGs by promoting regional actions for energy transition, decarbonization, innovative financing solutions, and climate-resilient infrastructure and policies.

Despite the progress, economic development prospects in the region remain uncertain due to persisting and emerging challenges. First, CAREC remains among the least integrated and diversified subregions in terms of global and regional trade, especially due to non-tariff barriers, operational inefficiencies, and structural constraints. Second, ongoing geopolitical tensions and concerns about supply chain resilience continue to pose a risk to energy and food security and are prompting a reconfiguration of traditional transport and transit routes. Third, CAREC region's increased vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards threatens critical infrastructure, ecosystems, and livelihoods, particularly for the most vulnerable.

The CAREC Secretariat faces challenges in meeting the region's increasing demand for financial, technical, and knowledge support. These include (i) effectively managing the expanded scope of CAREC activities under resource constraints; (ii) developing sustainable and bankable regional project pipelines crowding in private sector investments and mobilizing financing; (iii) strengthening the role of development partners; and (iv) measuring, monitoring, and disseminating development results.

The TA will build on the work completed under TA-9556: Implementing the CAREC 2023 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development as well as the recommendations from IED's evaluation study on ADB support for the CAREC Program, 2011-2021. The TA is aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030 operational priorities, with a particular focus on supporting the implementation of the operational plan for Priority 7 on fostering RCI. The country partnership strategies of CAREC countries also support the implementation of the CAREC Program.

Impact

Regional cooperation and integration for advancing global commitments in the CAREC region enhanced (CAREC 2030).

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

CAREC's role as a regional cooperation platform to effectively respond to countries' emerging needs strengthened.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Regional projects identification and resource mobilization enhanced.

Institutional coordination and decision-making mechanisms strengthened.

Policy dialogue and knowledge exchange facilitated.

Monitoring, evaluation, and outreach mechanisms improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Azerbaijan - Nation-wide; China - Nation-wide; Georgia - Nation-wide; Kazakhstan - Nation-wide; Kyrgyz Republic - Nation-wide; Mongolia - Nation-wide; Pakistan - Nation-wide; Tajikistan - Nation-wide; Turkmenistan - Nation-wide; Uzbekistan - 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

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
ADB will engage consultants and carry out procurement following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time). International and national consultants Open Competitive Bidding with national and international advertisement. Individual Consultant selection and engaged by ADB.
Procurement
Computers and small office equipment. Request for quotation and procured by ADB.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Lazaro, Dorothea
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Regional Cooperation and Integration Unit, CWRD (CWRC)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
06 Mar 2024
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
29 Apr 2024
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
29 Apr 2024

Funding

TA 10298-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Apr 2024 - 29 Apr 2024 31 Dec 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,725,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,725,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
10 Jul 2024 9,191.51

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Active
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Active
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Georgia Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Mongolia Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Pakistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Kyrgyz Republic Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy (Phase 2)_Website Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Georgia Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy (Phase 2)_ CAREC Secretariat Logistics Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_NFP Advisor for Azerbaijan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy (Phase 2)_Senior Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Kazakhstan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Turkmenistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for PRC Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Uzbekistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Mongolia Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Uzbekistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Regional Cooperation Coordinator for Tajikistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Implementing the CAREC 2030 Strategy for Sustainable Regional Development (Phase 2)_Advisor to the NFP for Pakistan Individual - Consulting Closed
CAREC Regional Cooperation Coordinator (ADB HQ) Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

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