The TA is aligned with the following impact: integrated urban planning and development in Central and West Asia improved. The TA will have the following outcome: urban sector project identification, preparation and implementation improved in Central and West Asia. The outputs are: (i) national urban assessments prepared and aligned with ADB's CPS cycle; (ii) access to information and knowledge increased; and (iii) project identification, formulation, preparation and implementation strengthened.
The proposed transaction technical assistance (TRTA) will help the government of Georgia (the government) prepare the proposed ensuing project. The TRTA will ensure that the project will be prepared to acceptable technical, safeguards, and procurement standards. The ensuing project is expected to meet the _high readiness_ criteria before Board consideration. The government has prepared, with ADB assistance, a full feasibility study and design for the project.
The Asian Development Bank has approved a small-scale transaction TA on 5 September 2019. The TA will produce an updated feasibility study for the proposed project that includes project scope and rationale, technical due diligence, economic and financial appraisal, environment and social safeguards; and project implementation arrangement and financing plan.
The Modern Skills for Better Jobs Sector Development Program will support the government s VET program to promote job creation in high-value sectors, economic growth, and reduce poverty. The proposed outputs are 1) quality and relevance of vocational education and training improved, 2) private participation in vocational education and training enhanced, and 3) inclusiveness of vocational education and training system increased.The program outputs will result in the following outcome: a responsive VET network promoting excellence in skills development established.
The proposed regional knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the development of a comprehensive framework to promote tourism development and cooperation in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) region, including through the formulation of a CAREC tourism strategy leading to 2030 and an integrated investment action plan with concrete projects to be implemented over the strategy period. The TA will also seek to enhance the capacity of tourism agencies and promote dialogue between public and private tourism stakeholders in the region.
The project will improve connectivity and safety along the North-South Corridor by (i) constructing about 23 kilometers (km) of climate-resilient two-lane highway between Kvesheti and Kobi (the project road) and about 5 km of all-weather access roads, and (b) increasing road safety awareness; (ii) establishing a visitor center in the Khada Valley to support tourism activities; and (iii) enhancing the capacity of the Roads Department on project and contract management.
The subproject will have the following outcome: CSO participation in ADB operations strengthened. Subproject 3 will support all three outputs of the TA cluster.
Output 1: Capacity for effective civil society organization engagement in the design, implementation, and monitoring of ADB projects improved.
Output 2: Demonstration activities through effective civil society organization engagement conducted.
Output 3: Knowledge products about effective civil society organization engagement in Asian Development Bank operations generated and shared.
The Government of Georgia, through the Roads Department (RD) of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, is planning capacity expansion of the current 2-lane mountainous section of the East West Highway (Highway E60) between Chumateleti and Argveta in central Georgia, a distance of about 53 km, through mountainous terrain. The Government has requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and several other development partners to finance this expansion program.
The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport Strategy Plans, which will continue to promote regional cooperation through competitive and sustainable transport corridors. This TA builds on and continues the work under TA 8789-REG and TA 8804-REG which have significantly advanced knowledge exchange in transport within the CAREC region and supported the critical role of ADB as the CAREC Secretariat.
The transaction technical assistance facility (TA facility) will prepare integrated urban solutions and programmatic investment program for improved livable cities in Georgia (impact). The ensuing projects will contribute to improved urban infrastructure and services in selected areas of Georgia (outcome).
The TA facility will have three outputs:
The Program will provide an umbrella facility to provide financing support including loans, guarantees and letters of credit, to overcome the constraints to private sector investment in renewable power projects in Pacific island countries.
The TA will support the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Integrated Trade Agenda (CITA) 2030 under the framework of CAREC 2030 Strategy - specifically, the three-year rolling strategic action plan of CITA.
The nature of the TA is research and development, where previous studies will be reviewed, including technical discussions with the relevant government agencies and other development partners involved. Multi-criteria analysis will be developed through this consultative process to compare various options considering technical, economic, social and environmental impacts. Relevant stakeholders, including civil aviation authorities, affected communities and interest groups will be identified and consulted.
This knowledge and support technical assistance (KSTA) will help facilitate procurement and project management capacity by providing hands-on support to Central and West Asia developing member countries' (DMCs) executing agencies (EAs), implementing agencies (IAs), and project implementation units (PIUs) in key stages of the procurement processes and contract management, project management, as well as financial management.