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People’s Republic of China: Songhua River Flood Management Sector Project

sector: Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development | country: China, People’s Republic of

The project completion report (PCR) drew out valuable lessons for ADB’s operations. Clarity of the project’s purpose and objectives and enhanced processes and procedures helped ensure government’s commitment and focus to implement the project, and fostered unexpected effective coordination among multiple executing agencies despite a virtually dysfunctional project steering committee (PSC). This validation holds a similar view with that of the PCR’s that in a similar situation where the establishment of a PSC is a condition precedent, a working group directly reporting to the PSC and comprising of officials directly involved in project supervision may be a must to ensure timely inter-ministry and/or provincial government communication and coordination. Receptivity to change and prompt implementation of the recommended reforms in flood control and management system clearly present themselves as decisive lessons learned in the design and implementation of this project. There is, nonetheless, a need to undertake prior and proper due diligence on the technical capacity, resource capability, and commitment of government partner institutions to implement components assigned to them to determine the risks and sustainability of involving them.

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