3.2. Methodology of sample study
Bank nominated seven representative developing member countries (DMCs) of the
Bank to be the subject of small local surveys. They were India, Pakistan,
Philippines, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and Mongolia.
Local survey assistants with expertise in both the law and access to the
Internet were engaged in each of the seven countries included in the sample
study. The survey assistants were engaged by the project consultants after
approval by the ADB OGC. The survey assistants appointed were:
survey assistant's role was to assist the project consultants in the following
- Vietnam - Freshfields, Hanoi (Ms Catherine Delaunay);
- Indonesia - Penelitum Hukum Indonesia, Jakarta (Mr James Agee)
- Pakistan - Trees Software, Karachi (Mr Asif Ali Khan)
- Philippines - CD Technologies Asia Inc, Manila (Ms Rachel Romana and Mr
- Mongolia - MCS Electronics Co Ltd, Ulaanbaatar (Mr Tselmeg Agvaandorj)
- India - Titus and Co, New Delhi (Mr Diljeet Titus and Ms Seema Ahluwalia)
- China - Asian Information Resources Ltd (Ms J Y Tam)
principal element of the sample study was the completion of a questionnaire by
the local survey assistants, from their own knowledge of local conditions and
from interviews they conducted (often by telephone) with relevant officials
involved in legal drafting. The Questionnaire was drafted in consultation with
the ADB OGC. A copy of the Questionnaire is in the Annexures to this Chapter.
- To gather the information specified in the Questionnaire and report on it;
- To provide 'feedback' about aspects of the Project DIAL prototype as it
develops, including through participation in the DIALogue e-mail facilities;
- To comment on relevant portions of draft project report; and
- To provide such other information or assistance as they are conveniently
able to provide to assist with the general purposes of Project DIAL.
The limited resources available for the local surveys meant that the field
research was usually limited to a sample of the project's primary audience
('legislative personnel'), whereas in relation to the secondary audiences the
local survey assistants usually provided answers from their knowledge of
prevailing legal practices in the country concerned.
The information on which this part of the report is based is principally the
survey reports of the seven local survey assistants, except where the source is
 The local survey assistants, in providing
this information for publication in this Report, are not providing legal or
other advice to the Bank, the project consultants or to any reader of the Report.