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8th Issue, April-June 2011

CRP REGISTERED TWO NEW REQUESTS FOR COMPLIANCE REVIEW

The Compliance Review Panel (CRP) received two new requests for compliance review for the Philippines Visayas Base-Load Power Development Project (Loan 2612-PHI) and Kyrgyz CAREC Transport Corridor 1 (Bishkek-Torugart Road) Project 1 [Grant 0123-KGZ].

Loan 2612-PHI: CRP received the request for compliance review on 25 May 2011 and registered it on 2 June 2011. The CRP and the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) then spoke with one of the requesters’ representative from the Freedom from Debt Coalition – Cebu (FDCC) on 3 June 2011, met with ADB Management and staff on 7 June 2011 as well as with the Executive Director of the borrowing member country, and made a brief visit to the project site in Naga, Cebu on 16 June 2011. During the site visit, CRP and OCRP met the requesters along with FDCC representative and paid a courtesy call to the Cebu provincial government. The CRP and OCRP also met with the project private sponsor on 15 June 2011 and briefed them on the request and the determination of eligibility by CRP. This project is the first private sector investment being investigated for compliance with ADB operational policies and procedures under the Accountability Mechanism (AM). The request for compliance review was found eligible by CRP and on 20 June 2011, its Eligibility Report was submitted to the Board of Directors. The Board’s decision is expected around middle of July.1.
7th Issue, January-March 2011

CRP CONDUCTS THE FIFTH AND FINAL ANNUAL MONITORING FOR SRI LANKA SOUTHERN TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

The Compliance Review Panel (CRP) held the fifth and final annual monitoring of its compliance review recommendations for the Sri Lanka Southern Transport Development Project (STDP) on 17-21 March 2011. The CRP, supported by the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP), visited three resettlement sites in Galle to meet with affected persons, held meetings with project stakeholders in Colombo, and met with Sri Lanka Resident Mission staff implementing the project.

The CRP also met in Manila with ADB project staff who were directly involved with the design and implementation of the project. The final annual monitoring exercise will identify lessons from CRP’s experiences over five years of monitoring to understand what went well and where CRP’s activities could be further improved.
6th Issue, October-December 2010

ADB BOARD OF DIRECTORS DISCUSSES THE CRP'S REPORT ON FUZHOU ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The ADB Board of Directors discussed the Compliance Review Panel’s (CRP) report on the Fuzhou Environmental Improvement Project (Loan 2176) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 19 October 2010. Due to the refusal by the PRC authorities to allow the CRP to visit the project site, the CRP was unable to complete the review of ADB’s compliance with operational policies and procedures. The Board accepted the report, noted the CRP’s recommendation to review the site visit issue, and decided to refer that issue to the ongoing review of the Accountability Mechanism (AM). The CRP advised the requesters of the Board’s decision and provided them with copies of the report. The CRP report on the Fuzhou case is now posted in the CRP website at http://www.compliance.adb.org/dir0035p.nsf/attachments /Fuzhou_Final_Report_to_Board%20without%20cover%20page3.pdf/$FILE/Fuzhou_Final_Report_to_Board%20without%20cover%20page3.pdf
5th Issue, July-September 2010

CRP SUBMITS ITS FINAL REPORT FOR THE PRC FUZHOU ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

On 27 September 2010, the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) submitted its Final Report for the Fuzhou Environmental Improvement Project in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the ADB Board of Directors. The Board will discuss the case on 19 October 2010.

The CRP had received the request for compliance review and declared it eligible in June 2009. Since then, the CRP interviewed ADB Management and operations staff as well as the requesters (via teleconference), and reviewed project documents, but the PRC authorities refused permission for the CRP to visit the project site. In August 2010, the CRP issued a draft report and sought comments from ADB Management and the requesters. The CRP considered the comments by Management and the requesters, finalized its report, then circulated it to the Board for consideration.
4th Issue, April-June 2010

REVIEW OF THE ADB ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM

The President announced during ADB’s 43rd Annual Meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan the review of the ADB Accountability Mechanism Policy, and a joint Board-management review was officially launched on 14 May 2010. The Review is led by a working group, consisting of four Board members and one member from Management, namely, Executive Director Eduard Westreicher as Chair, Executive Director Siraj Shamsuddin, Alternate Executive Director Dereck Rooken-Smith, Alternate Executive Director Govinda Thapa, and Managing Director General Rajat Nag. The Strategy, Policy, and Interagency Relations Division of the Strategy and Policy Department is the secretariat to the review. The terms of reference, timetable, and consultation plan for the review are available at http://www.adb.org/AM-REview/.
3rd Issue, January-March 2010

INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS ON ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM

Dr. Maartje van Putten, a member of the Independent Compliance Review Mechanism of the African Development Bank and a leading expert in the field of accountability and compliance, gave presentations and held informal discussions on 5 and 8 March 2010 with the Board of Directors, Management and concerned operations staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Dr. van Putten's visit to ADB was organized by the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) as part of its outreach program on the ADB Accountability Mechanism. Dr. van Putten's presentation entitled "Current Issues and Future Challenges in Accountability" at the Informal Board Seminar provided ADB participants with a comparative analysis of the accountability mechanisms or dispute resolution systems of the multilateral development banks (MDBs) – for example, the presence or absence of a complaint handling function, the manner in which problem solving and compliance review are managed, and the role, if any, of the monitoring of remedial actions were some of the differences Dr. van Putten highlighted. Dr. van Putten also gave highlights of the reviews of the mechanisms of some of the MDBs i.e., African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank. She also discussed the emerging importance of such mechanisms in private sector financial institutions, as well as the likely future developments in the fields of accountability and compliance.
2nd Issue, October-December 2009

OCRP LAUNCHES THE NEW CRP WEBSITE

On 17 December 2009, the Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) launched the revamped Compliance Review Panel (CRP) website. The launch was announced simultaneously in ADB Today, ADB intranet, MyADB, and IAMnet. Prior to the launch, OCRP conducted a usability test, and based on feedback from the respondents, the website was improved. OCRP will continue to improve the site over time. The improved website highlights important features of ADB’s Accountability Mechanism-Compliance Review Phase such as the steps involved in filing a request for compliance review, the ADB-financed projects under compliance review, the CRP members, the CRP Secretariat (i.e., OCRP), and the Accountability Mechanism outreach and consultation programs. You can visit the new site at http://compliance.adb.org or click on the icon below. Links to the site can also be found in the ADB website, ADB intranet, and MyADB.
1st Issue, June-September 2009

OCRP WELCOMES THE COMPLIANCE REVIEW PANEL IN MANILA

The Office of the Compliance Review Panel (OCRP) provided administrative and technical support to the Compliance Review Panel (CRP) who convened in Manila on 14-18 September 2009 to hold interviews of ADB staff for its compliance review of PRC: Fuzhou Environmental Improvement Project. CRP also discussed preparatory works for its upcoming monitoring of PAK: Chashma Right Bank Irrigation Project (Stage III) and the likely arrangements for the imminent review of the Accountability Mechanism policy. CRP held discussions with OAG and attended an RSES briefing on the Safeguard Policy Updates.