BIMP-EAGA Project Planning
BIMP-EAGA countries plan and design projects meticulously to ensure the effective implementation of Vision 2025.
One of the ways they are doing this is by setting a specific set of criteria in project planning. Only projects with well-defined concepts and implementation plans and those that use results-based approaches are considered under Vision 2025. BIMP-EAGA requires projects:
- to be consistent with and complement local and national development plans;
- to involve at least two countries;
- to have subregional implications, or can benefit from subregional synergies;
- to have positive social, economic, and environmental impacts;
- to catalyze private sector investments, especially SMEs;
- to have active local governments; and
- should be linked with ASEAN.
Having a more disciplined process of project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation ensures delivery of targets and greater accountability on the part of stakeholders.
Each proposed project under Vision 2025 will have project proponents tasked to prepare the project concept, identify potential funding and develop a full proposal. Project proponents may be from BIMP-EAGA working groups, clusters, national secretariats, local government units, BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre, and BIMP-EAGA Business Council. In rare occasions, project proposals may come from the Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Meeting.
The first five stages of the project cycle concern project design. These entail the development, appraisal, and adoption of the project concept and full project proposal.
Stage 6 concerns project implementation, which involves the generation of the planned outputs and outcome through a series of actions or activities.
Stage 7 involves project monitoring and evaluation. The project is monitored and the results are evaluated and fed back into operations for future project designs.
BIMP-EAGA’s Project Manual details each stage and provides project proposal templates for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. There is a separate template for infrastructure projects with significant environmental and social impacts.
The template outlines project details like the cluster or working groups involved; the profile of project proponents, including their contact details and point person; the actual proposal, with a project summary and context and rationale, impacts, outcome, relevance, beneficiaries, and stakeholders. The template also outlines implementation arrangements, work plan, and potential risks, a results-based monitoring matrix, and funding, including budget allocation for personnel, equipment and materials, meetings and trainings, reports, travel, among others, as well as funding source.
The template for infrastructure projects with significant social and environmental impacts has a section on safeguards for the environment and the involuntary resettlement of affected communities, including indigenous peoples.