Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date
PDS Updated as of 30 Jul 2014

Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road) Improvement Project
Country Tajikistan
Project/Program Number 45432-002
Status Approved
Geographical Location Ayni/Sughd Province,Panjakent/Sughd Province
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Sector Transport
Subsector Road transport (non-urban)
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth (IEG)
Regional integration (RCI)
Drivers of Change Gender equity and mainstreaming (GEM)
Governance and capacity development (GCD)
Partnerships (PAR)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories Category 2: Effective gender mainstreaming (EGM)

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Grant0301Asian Development Fund100,000
Loan8259OPEC Fund for International Development14,000
Counterpart 22,000
TOTAL US$ 136,000

Safeguard Categories

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

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
The project does not pass through any environmentally sensitive areas and will not result in significant negative environmental impacts. An initial environmental examination has been prepared by Ministry of Transport (MOT) and disclosed on ADB website. The project will have temporary and reversible environmental impacts during implementation. Project-affected people were consulted.
Involuntary Resettlement
Major impacts are the relocation of few residential houses and possible temporary income loss of several shops during road construction. MOT has prepared a resettlement plan to mitigate the impacts and assigned a dedicated staff with resources to carry out the land acquisition and resettlement activity of the project. The resettlement plan was disclosed to affected persons through public consultations and also disclosed on the ADB website.
Indigenous Peoples
No indigenous peoples are living in the project area

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, and project affected people were held during project processing.
During Project Implementation
Meetings with community-based organizations, local governments and communities, project affected people, and/or NGOs are being held as needed from time to time.

Description

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project road part of the historic Silk Road runs east west following the Zarafshan River through the valley, crossing the Ayni and Panjakent districts before ending at the border with Uzbekistan in the west. The connecting road in Uzbekistan (national road A377) links with Samarkand (about 40 km from the border) via the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 6 in Uzbekistan. Through the north south transport artery the CAREC Corridor 6 in Tajikistan the project road goes (i) northeast to Khudjand (the provincial center), and onward to Uzbekistan; and (ii) south to Dushanbe, onward to Afghanistan and east west bound to the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan respectively through the CAREC Corridor 3 in Tajikistan. The project road is a vital link in the national network, and is regionally strategic as it provides a trade corridor with Uzbekistan in the long term, particularly for northern Tajikistan. Improvements to this road will increase regional connectivity, reduce transport costs, and strengthen competitiveness. This will also improve access to markets and social services for impoverished local communities; stimulate development of agriculture, tourism and mining industries that in return create job opportunities and improve the region s living standards.

Development Impact

Enhanced regional cooperation and inclusive economic growth in Tajikistan, particularly in the Sughd province

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved connectivity and mobility along the CAREC Corridor 6 (Ayni-Uzbekistan Border Road)
Progress Towards Outcome
The last project mission to review the overall implementation progress was fielded in December 2013 and the next one is planned for August-September 2014.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
113 km of rehabilitated and reconstructed road between Ayni-Panjakent and the border with Uzbekistan Improved road safety Upgraded Sarazm border post infrastructure and improved local communities
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Procurement of civil works concluded in October 2012 with the contract award of $84.7 million and the construction period of three years. As of June 2014 the physical progress is about 33.12%. Although the progress should be achieved around 45% but the Contactor is much more behind the schedule of the structure work (major bridges). The progress of laying asphalt concrete is around 50 km road section completed (out of 112+665). Completed laying of base course around 56 km, sub base is 66 km and sub grade is around 82 km completed. Supervision Consultant mobilized in March 2013. The international road safety consultant mobilized on 15 Oct 2013 and submitted in Nov 2013 the first road safety report for sections with completed detailed design. Currently, he is involving in other approved sections. The EA re-submitted the revised draft bidding documents on 5 May 2014 and ADB returned back the documents with its comments for additional revision. The bidding documents now under revision with EA. Preconstruction activities of civil works started in November 2012. Implementation progress is on track. No activity started yet. This needs to be aligned with progress of main road civil works. Consultant mobilized in March 2013. A selection committee comprising staff from MOT and local road maintenance units, representatives at both village and district level, and PMC consultant has been established and functioning to identify appropriate feeder roads for improvement. The selection committee has preliminary identified about 30 km of feeder roads each in Ayni and Panjakent districts for improvement. The EA re-submitted the revised draft bidding documents on 29 April 2014 and ADB returned back the documents with its comments for additional revision. The bidding documents now under revision with EA. No activity started yet. This needs to be aligned with progress of main road civil works. The Supervision Consultant already recruited Gender specialist and mobilized to the site in April 2014. The Gender Specialist already prepared a ToR for hiring a NGO who will be providing training to the communities on (a) prevention of HIV/AIDS, STI, and other health issues and (b) civil rights, entrepreneurship, and business development. The advertisement for hiring NGOs was published in the newspaper on 10 July 2014.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2012 Feb 09
Consulting Services
Consultants will be selected in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by the Asian Development Bank and its Borrowers (April 2010, as amended). Advance contracting and retroactive financing to expedite project implementation will follow ADB's procurement and consulting services guidelines.
Procurement
All procurement under ADB financing will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Advance contracting and retroactive financing to expedite project implementation will follow ADB's procurement and consulting services guidelines.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/45432-002/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 08 Feb 2012
Fact-finding 31 May 2012 to 14 Jun 2012
Management Review Meeting 20 Jul 2012
Approval 11 Sep 2012
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Grant 0301 11 Sep 2012 02 Oct 2012 05 Nov 2012 30 Sep 2016

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
20 Sep 2014 Grant 0301 76,035 0 76.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
20 Sep 2014 Grant 0301 28,733 0 29.00%

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
Grant 0301
Loan 8259

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Farrukh Nuriddinov (fnuriddinov@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Tajikistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/45432-002/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/45432-002/documents