Nepal: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project

Sovereign Project | 38347-022

Summary

The Project will help the Government to provide improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public delivery through increase application of information and communication technology (ICT), ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businessess.

The Project involves (i) building a government ICT network, which allows government-to-government exchange of data and information and central management of government data and information; (ii) developing various priority e-government applications; and (iii) developing and implementing human resources development programs.

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Project Name Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Project Number 38347-022
Country Nepal
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0106-NEP: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Information and communication technology - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The Project will help the Government to provide improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public delivery through increase application of information and communication technology (ICT), ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businessess.

The Project involves (i) building a government ICT network, which allows government-to-government exchange of data and information and central management of government data and information; (ii) developing various priority e-government applications; and (iii) developing and implementing human resources development programs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased information and communication technology (ICT) uptake in the country (community, business, and government), leading to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public service delivery through increased application of ICT, ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businesses
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. E-government framework and data infrastructure

2. E-citizen services and applications for driver's license and land registration

3. Nationwide human resources development for e-government and ICT

4. National ICT operating policies and guidelines to ensure interoperability with online technologies of government, business, and the broader community

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Government Network:

Government information and data center (GIDC) has been established.

Three contract packages (Lot 1, 2 and 4) have been completed with 100% physical and financial progress.

Two remaining activities under Lot 3 were completed in 15 January 2015. Overall physical progress is 100% and financial progres is 90%

e-Government Applications:

Final report on government enterprise architecture (GEA) has been prepared and submitted to EA, IA and ADB. National portal launced on 4 December 2013, and integration of Inland Revenue Department's PAN validation service completed on 15 October 2014. Overall physical progress is 100% and financial progress is 90%.

(i) e-governance application of land records management in the Deparment of Land Reforms and Management:

- Software application is being finalized and developed system will be piloted in Kalanki LRO in 15 February 2015. All remaining works will be completed by 29 May 2015.

(ii) vehicle registration and issuance of diriving licenses under the Department of Transport Management:

- All activities will be completed by end April 2015 and e-driving license issued from 2 May 2015.

(iii) e-governance in the Public Service Commission:

- software finalized and all equipment delivered by April 2015.

(iv) Database for National Identification System (NID)

- Concept paper for NID packages has been approved by MOF

- IFB will be published by 28 February 2015.

- Contract expected to awarded by end July/September 2015.

Human Resource Development:

ADB approved training program for ten training institutes on 29 November 2012. Since March 2013 training programs have been started by the Ministry of General Administration. Fifty eight training programs have been conducted with 1,805 participants (male 1,658 and female 247).

Contract for procurement of computer hardware and network equipment for laboratory setup of government training institutions under the Ministry of General Administration was awarded in August 2013. All works under the contract has been completed with financial progress of 90%.

National ICT Operating Polices and Guidelines:

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has submitted ICT Operating Policy to OPMCM for its endorsement and further submission to Cabinet.

Geographical Location Remote rural areas in Nepal
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects IEE report repared by the national envrionment consultant as part of PPTA. The study was carried out from June to July 2007. The SIEE concludes that no further environmental impact study is required.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project will involve no land acquisition or resettlement, and will not require a resettlement plan.
Indigenous Peoples

The Project envisages internet connectivity to telecenters in VDCs through WiFi technology; the Project will not have any adverse impact on the communities and in particular the Janajatis.

The positive impact on IPs is very similar to to the impact on non-IPs.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
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Consulting Services

A national firm recruited to provide project management support for 108 person-months to the Project Management Unit (PMU) under OPMCM. The consultants will (i) assist the PMU in developing a comprehensive system for monitoring the Project?s performance, as prescribed in the project design and performance framework, and for identifying the performance parameters to be monitored during the implementation of the Project; (ii) review the monthly progress reports submitted by the Implementing Agencies, identify potential problems in the implementation of each component, develop remedial measures to avoid or correct problems, and prepare a monthly progress report summary, including all the findings and recommendations, for the project director of the PMU, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iii) organize a monthly progress review meeting with the Implementing Agencies and the contractors concerned, facilitate interagency coordination and cooperation between project components, reconcile any opposing views on the system design and implementation plans, and prepare a summary of each meeting for the project director of the PMU under OPMCM, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iv) provide technical advice to the Implementing Agencies in case of technical disputes with contractors; (v) review the fund withdrawal applications submitted by the Implementing Agencies, check their appropriateness and accuracy, and advise the chief project director of the PMU whether not to endorse them for payment; and (vi) prepare a quarterly project progress report and a quarterly project performance monitoring and evaluation report to be submitted to ADB.

The project management consultants was selected in accordance with Guidelines on The Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) following the quality- and cost-based selection (80:20) and a simplified technical proposal.

Procurement

Ten ICB contract packages have been awarded under the Project and procurement process ongoing for two remaining packages.

Procurement of goods, services, and civil works to be financed under the ADB grant will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Siddhanta Vikram
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of MinistersMr. Leela Mani Paudyallmpaudyal@opmcm.gov.npSingha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2007 to 09 Jul 2007
MRM 03 Aug 2007
Approval 28 Jan 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 18 Feb 2015

Grant 0106-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2008 23 May 2008 25 Jul 2008 31 Dec 2014 31 Mar 2016 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 31.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 28 Jan 2008 13.53 0.00 54%
Counterpart 6.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Jan 2008 10.95 0.00 44%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - Satisfactory

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