Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 05 Dec 2006
PDS Updated as of 25 Nov 2011

Project Name East-West Highway Improvement Project
Country Azerbaijan
Project/Program Number 35457-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Yevlakh-Ganja, and Qazakh-Georgian border section
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector and/or Subsector Classification Transport and ICT
/ Road Transport
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2205Ordinary capital resources49,000
Loan2206Asian Development Fund3,000
Counterpart 19,800
TOTAL US$ 71,800

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement A
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Description

The objective of the Project is to promote domestic and cross-border movements of people and goods on the east-west road corridor in Azerbaijan. The purpose is to improve the efficiency of transport on the project sections of the east-west road corridor. The Project has four components: (i) reconstruction of a total of 127 km of the two-lane paved road on the Yevlakh-Ganja and the Qazakh-Georgian border sections of Azerbaijan's primary east-west road transport corridor, (ii) improvement of local roads connecting to the east-west road corridor totaling about 65 km, (iii) institutional strengthening for the road sector reform, and (iv) cross-border facilitation at the border with Georgia at Red Bridge.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Yevlax-Ganja road is part of the east-west road corridor between Baku and the Georgian border, which is one of Azerbaijan's main routes for external trade and forms part of the Asian highway network. The Project will facilitate road transport on the east-west road corridor by improving the road infrastructure between Yevlax and Ganja and thus contribute to sustainable, inclusive economic growth in Azerbaijan and regional cooperation. Improvement of other sections of the east-west road corridor is financed by other external aid agencies including the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The Project is consistent with ADB's Country Strategy and Program for Azerabijan. Given Azerbaijan's location and reliance on transport links with neighboring countries, the last country strategy and program update identifies transport as a strategically important sector for ADB assistance.

Development Impact

Accelerated socioeconomic development in the 6 rayons (regions)a of west Azerbaijan Enhanced cooperation between Azerbaijan and other countries in the region

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Increased traffic and improved quality and efficiency of transport on the east-west highway and selected local roads
Progress Towards Outcome

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
1. Improved two-lane paved road on the Yevlakh Ganja section and Qazakh Georgian border section of the east west highway 2. Improved local roads in the project area 3. Strengthened institutional capacity in the road subsector 3.1 Road maintenance 3.2 Axle-load control 3.3 Road safety 3.4 Project management and implementation 4. Improved facilities and capacity for border crossing at Red Bridge
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Dec 05
Consulting Services
A total of 984 person-months of consulting services (99 international and 885 domestic) will be required to assist in Project implementation. Under the road improvement component, (i) a consulting firm for detailed design and construction supervision for reconstruction of the Yevlax-Ganja section and Qazax-Georgia border section (64 person-months for international and 805 person-months for domestic consultants), and (ii) a consulting firm to assist in implementing the road sector institutional strengthening component (25 person-months for international and 60 person-months for domestic consultants). For the latter, the scope includes capacity building in road maintenance, axle load control, road safety, financial management, environmental and social management of road development, and project implementation management. The consulting firm will also help the executing agency monitor and verify compliance with resettlement action plans and environment mitigation and management plans. Under the cross-border facilitation component, individual consultants for border post infrastructure development and capacity building (10 person-months for international and 20 person-months for domestic consultants), will be engaged.
Procurement
Procurement of goods and services to be financed out of the proposed loan will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. All contracts for civil works and supply of equipment will be divided into suitable contract packages. Contracts valued in excess of $1.0 million equivalent for civil works and $500,000 equivalent for goods will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB). Civil work contracts valued at $1.0 million or less will follow local competitive bidding procedures acceptable to ADB. For equipment contracts ranging between $100,000 - $500,000, international shopping procedures will be used; and for contracts not exceeding $100,000, direct purchase procedures will be followed. Advance procurement action for civil works was approved by ADB on 10 May 2005.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/35457-013/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance
Fact-finding
Management Review Meeting
Approval
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2205 08 Dec 2005 01 Jun 2006 27 Oct 2006 31 May 2010 15 Jun 2010
Loan 2206 08 Dec 2005 01 Jun 2006 27 Oct 2006 31 May 2010 15 Jun 2010

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2205 38,353 0 97.00%
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2206 1,048 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2205 39,348 0 100.00%
29 Jul 2014 Loan 2206 1,048 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2205
Loan 2206

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Hong Wang (hongwang@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies AzerRoadService Open Joint-Stock Company
Mr. Adil Gojayev

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/35457-013/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/35457-013/documents