According to ADB documents, the proposed transaction TA facility will support project preparation, capacity building, due diligence, and improved readiness for pipeline projects that are included in the country operations business plan (COBP), or other possible future pipeline projects as agreed with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Government of India. It will also support in timely response to rapidly changing TA needs given the ongoing pandemic.
The TA facility is aligned with (i) ADB's Strategy 2030; (ii) the government's National Health Policy; and (iii) Sustainable Development Goal 3. The TA facility will support strategic policy advisory and technical inputs on a range of health issues, strategy development, policy formulation, financial management, engineering and procurement, quality assurance, and evaluation of ongoing implementation efforts. It will build on the finance plus element by bridging capability gaps, applying best practices, and fostering innovative solutions for common challenges in the sector.
The TA facility is listed in the COBP for India, 2021-2023, with the title, "Supporting State Health Sector Development." The TA facility approach is suitable as it will enhance project preparation efficiency and improve project implementation readiness by (i) allowing the same experts to be mobilized for similar due diligence activities; (ii) facilitating learning on project processing and implementation across different projects; (iii) creating synergies from working with common expertise and improving knowledge transfer; and (iv) strengthening coordination and synergy among various technical inputs and capacity building efforts. In addition, by supporting strengthening of a regional public good such as health surveillance and systems, the facility contributes to regional cooperation efforts. Overall, this TA facility will reduce transaction costs compared to resources required for separate stand-alone transaction TA projects. Initially, the TA facility will support the following ensuing projects as listed in COBP, 2021-2023:
The TA facility will provide an initial 141 person-months of consulting services (63 person-months international and 78 person-months national) to support the preparation of ensuing projects. The consultants will be recruited using individual consultant selection method for the proposed policy-based and results-based loans and a consulting firm will be recruited following quality- and cost-based selection (90:10 quality cost ratio) using biodata technical proposal for the ensuing results-based loan.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Khetrapal, Sonalini|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
|Executing Agencies||Department of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Finance
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