Validations of Project Completion Reports

Validations of project completion reports to improve accountability for achieving results, quality of completion reports, and independence of project ratings.

  • February 2015

    Maldives: Employment Skills Training Project

    The Maldives is a small economy that relies on essentially two avenues for sustained growth—primarily the development of its human resources and, secondary, the marine and fisheries sector. The economy has been growing steadily but the supply of domestic labor has not met demand; the gap is being filled by expatriates, who are often preferred by employers as they have lower expectations for wages and working conditions in general. The supply gap for skilled and semiskilled positions is partly caused by a mismatch of skills in the Maldives’ local workforce.
  • February 2015

    Mongolia: Customs Modernization Project

    Customs inspection equipment and anti-smuggling detection facilities in Mongolia were inadequate in most customs border posts. The Mongolian Customs General Administration (MCGA) had only one customs laboratory located in Ulaanbaatar, where samples of goods had to be brought for examination. In line with the anticorruption law of 2006, the issue of governance needed to be addressed by improving business processes and equipping MCGA with modern technology, facilities, and procedures.
  • February 2015

    Kazakhstan: CAREC Transport Corridor 1 (Zhambyl Oblast Section) [Western Europe–Western People’s Republic of China International Transit Corridor] Investment Program (Project 1)

    The Government of Kazakhstan developed a transport sector strategy to make the road system larger, better, more accessible, affordable, efficient, safe, and more environmentally friendly. The strategy also emphasized greater integration among different modes; cost recovery; and more outsourcing of construction, maintenance, operations, and management to the private sector.
  • February 2015

    Indonesia: Participatory Irrigation Sector Project

    Despite progress made in increasing production, the agriculture sector of Indonesia at the time of project preparation was characterized by inadequate and dilapidated infrastructure, especially in relation to irrigation. Hence, the government continued its irrigation management reform program, seeking to further increase food production, create rural employment, and reduce poverty. Irrigation management reforms focused on the physical and fiscal sustainability of irrigated agriculture.
  • February 2015

    Bangladesh: Chittagong Port Trade Facilitation Project

    More than a third of the Bangladesh's economic activity was located within the Dhaka–Chittagong corridor, where the bulk of international trade is generated. Three modes of transport serve the corridor—road, rail, and inland waterways, which together account for 20 million tons of freight annually. There are three main ports in Bangladesh: Chittagong, Mongla, and Dhaka–Narayanganj, with 80% of the trade flowing through the port of Chittagong.
  • January 2015

    People’s Republic of China: Hunan Roads Development II Project

    Hunan, a landlocked province in the interior of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), ranked 21st among 31 provinces and municipalities in per capita gross domestic product (GDP).The western part of Hunan Province was one of the poorest regions in the PRC. Despite previous investment, the road network was inadequate in providing access to large parts of the province. Of the Hunan roads, 86% were below the class III technical standard. The national highway, NR319, which ran parallel to the envisaged expressway, was in poor condition.
  • January 2015

    Regional: Prevention and Control of Avian Influenza in Asia and the Pacific

    The avian influenza outbreak in 2005 raised the possibility that the highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) virus could cause a human influenza pandemic. Further, a 2005 Asian Development Bank (ADB) study highlighted the potential of avian influenza affecting regional social and economic growth that may slow the progress toward achieving poverty reduction targets.
  • January 2015

    Pakistan: Sindh Growth and Rural Revitalization Program

    The urban–rural divide in Sindh was striking—characterized by an industry and service concentration in Karachi and to a lesser extent in Hyderabad and Sukkhur, and an agrarian economy in the rest of the province that was usually referred to as rural Sindh. Rural Sindh comprised more than 50% of the province’s population and accounted for about 30% of its gross domestic product (GDP). The poverty head count ratio was 30%, which was twice that of urban areas. Hence, the large urban–rural divide was a serious concern.
  • January 2015

    People’s Republic of China: Dali–Lijiang Railway Project

    At the end of 2003, the PRC railway system already comprised a total of 73,000 routes per km. However, the railways’ capacity had failed to keep up with the demand, resulting, for example, in delays in coal delivery to power plants. These capacity limitations, could adversely affect economic growth. 
  • January 2015

    Papua New Guinea: Road Maintenance and Upgrading (Sector) Project

    The Medium Term Development Strategy, 1997–2002 of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the principal policy guideline for the government’s economic and social development. It was aimed at creating an environment that enabled the local population to make better use of their land, labor, and natural resources through provision of infrastructure, health and education, and opportunities for income generation. The government’s transport objectives in the region were to connect widely scattered population pockets to facilitate the marketing of agricultural produce and the export of crops.

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