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Bhutan: Strengthening Economic Management Program

July 25, 2016 | Bhutan | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The program adopted a two-pronged approach to negotiate the challenges of weak economic management in Bhutan. First, it aimed to improve fiscal management to help the government allocate scarce resources more effectively and efficiently. Second, it aimed to improve monetary management to ensure that interest rate policy better matched the demand and supply of loanable funds, thereby improving liquidity management. This approach was to be reinforced by strengthening the internal and external audit systems to improve the monitoring of public resources and strengthen administrative and financial efficiency and accountability including at the subnational level of government. The program supported policy and institutional improvements in four core areas: (i) fiscal management, (ii) debt management, (iii) monetary and liquidity management, and (iv) internal and external audit operations. Five separately approved ADB technical assistance grants spread over 2010–2012 supported capacity building in these and other related areas.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Bangladesh: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development Project

July 14, 2016 | Bangladesh | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The project was formulated to address the constraint of access to financing by making available a $76 million credit line to participating financial institutions for onlending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project focused on SMEs located in nonmetropolitan areas and 15% of the total facility was earmarked for women entrepreneurs. The project also provided a key stimulus measure of enhanced access to finance for SMEs to grow and operate at full potential.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Uzbekistan: Second Small and Microfinance Development Project

July 14, 2016 | Uzbekistan | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The project aims to increase in microfinance loans to financially viable sub-borrowers (men and women). It also aimed to deliver training to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of sub-borrowers, including women and microcredit organizations. To meet the demand for micro and small enterprise (MSE) credit, the project was designed to catalyze lending to MSEs by working with participating commercial banks. These banks were required to commit to sustainable MSE financing and must meet a set of criteria. To facilitate access to credit by MSEs, the project comprised a $50 million loan to be channeled through the three banks for onlending to viable MSEs, and a technical assistance grant of $600,000 to improve the MSE financing capacity of banks’ and their sub-borrowers’ entrepreneurial skills. To demonstrate their commitment to the MSE sector, these banks were required to match the ADB credit allocation with their own funds.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Microfinance Development Program – Subprograms 1 and 2: Program Completion Report

June 1, 2016 | Viet Nam | Project/Program Completion Reports (PCR)

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated June 2016 is provided for the ADB project 42235-013, 42235-023 in Viet Nam.

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Third Financial Sector Program – Subprograms 1-3: Program Completion Report

June 1, 2016 | Cambodia | Project/Program Completion Reports (PCR)

Project or program completion reports evaluate design, implementation and performance of a project or program, and provide an overall assessment and recommendations.

This document dated June 2016 is provided for the ADB project 42305-033, 42305-023, 42305-013 in Cambodia.

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Developing a Legal System for the Credit Market: Technical Assistance Completion Report

May 1, 2016 | China | Technical Assistance Completion Report

Technical assistance completion reports describe for technical assistance projects the expected impact, outcome and outputs; conduct of activities; evaluation and achievement of the expected outcomes; an assessment and rating; major lessons; and recommendations and follow-up actions. This document dated May 2016 is provided for the ADB project 45503-001 in the People’s Republic of China.

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Rural Community-Based Renewable Energy Development in Mindanao: Technical Assistance Completion Report

May 1, 2016 | Philippines | Technical Assistance Completion Report

Technical assistance completion reports describe for technical assistance projects the expected impact, outcome and outputs; conduct of activities; evaluation and achievement of the expected outcomes; an assessment and rating; major lessons; and recommendations and follow-up actions. This document dated May 2016 is provided for the ADB project 44132-012 in the Philippines.

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Indonesia: Capital Market Development Program Cluster

October 26, 2015 | Indonesia | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The program was formulated as two single-tranche subprograms anchored on the government’s medium-term reform agenda and its financial sector reform programs. The program’s goal was to promote the financial sector’s diversification and resilience. Subprogram 1 undertook reforms to strengthen transparency and information disclosure essential to build confidence in capital markets and institutions, facilitate regulatory oversight, and in turn, to promote price discovery and market liquidity. Subprogram 2 built on the policy actions initiated under subprogram 1 in line with the government’s medium-term reform agenda and the capital market master plan. These included improving surveillance, promoting deeper and more liquid financial markets, and strengthening the role and quality of market participants. This validation is for the program completion report covering both subprograms 1 and 2 (the program). IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Investment Climate Improvement Program: Validation of Completion Report

October 20, 2015 | Kyrgyz Republic | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the program. IED overall assessment: Successful.

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Viet Nam: Third Financial Sector Program

September 24, 2015 | Viet Nam | Validation of Project/Program Completion Report

The Third Financial Sector Program was formulated to create a more diversified, deeper, and more resilient finance sector in Viet Nam. The bank-dominated finance sector could not adequately finance the economy’s investment needs. Thus, increasing the share of nonbank financial markets in financing investment was envisaged to help sustain economic growth with lesser risks. The development of diversified capital markets in the financing was to increase the efficiency of financial intermediation in the economy, more efficiently allocate resources, and create a sound macroeconomic environment that is more resilient to external and regional shocks. The Third Financial Sector Program consisted of two subprograms. Under subprogram 1, the key policy actions were as follows: (i) adopt a new securities law, (ii) set up market information standards, (iii) lay down the institutional framework for securities issuances, (iv) improve consumer protection, and (v) develop regional cooperation. Subprogram 2 focused on developing securities and bond markets; increasing transparency disclosure; strengthening the legal, regulatory, and enforcement frameworks; and strengthening regional cooperation.

This validation covers the project completion report (PCR) of the Third Financial Sector Program. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.

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