Nepal: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project

Sovereign Project | 38347-022 Status: Active


ADB is supporting Nepal’s efforts to bring internet and other information technology services to remote areas. The project will help develop an e-government framework and data infrastructure, e-citizen applications for driver's license and land registration, human resources development programs, and policies to ensure interoperability of online technologies.

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Project Name Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Project Number 38347-022
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
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 Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome Set Project outcomes will be achievable by 18 March 2016 based on progress status mentioned in the following sections.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1.) Component 1 (Government Network): Its aims to establish a Government Information Data Centre (GIDC) to facilitate e-government applications and to develop a range of groupware applications in form of a single integrated web service with open standards for all ministries and departments. GIDC has ben established and the activities have been completed.

2.) Component 2 (e-Government applications): This component has five sub-components, (i) government enterprise architecture (GEA); (ii) database for national identification system (NID); (iii) e-governance in Public Service Commission; (iv) e-governance application for land records management; and (v) vehicle registration and issuance of driving license.

Sub-component (i) and (iii) have been completed. There was some delay in sub-component (iv) and (v) due to the political unrest in Terai districts and April/May 2015 earthquakes. However, it has been planned to complete sub component (iv) by June 2016 and sub component (v) by 15 May 2016.

Similarly, the sub component (ii) has been delayed due to delay in the procurement process. However, it has been planned to award contract for this component by April 2016 and complete implementation within 31 March 2016.

3.)The Component 3 (Human Resource Development for e-Governance) consists of two core activities (i) setting up of laboratories in training institutions; and (ii) conducting training programs through ten contracted training institutions. The laboratories have been established and trainings conducted through contracted training institutions.

4.)This has been completed.The National ICT Operating Policy for GEA and NeGIF was approved by the Cabinet on 22 February 2015.

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 will not have any adverse impact on the communities and in particular the Janajatis.

The Project will have overall positive impact on the Project beneficiaries.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation was carried out with concerned stakeholders during Project formulation.
During Project Implementation Consultation is being carried out,as and when required, with concerned Project stakeholders during implementation of the Project.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

A national firm was recruited to provide project management support for 108 person-months to the Project Management Unit (PMU) under OPMCM. The consultants had (i) assisted 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) reviewing monthly progress reports submitted by the Implementing Agencies, identifying potential problems in the implementation of each component, developing remedial measures to avoid or correct problems, and preparing monthly progress report summary, including all the findings and recommendations, for the project director of the PMU, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iii) organizing regular progress review meeting with the Implementing Agencies and the contractors concerned, facilitate interagency coordination and cooperation between project components, reconciling any opposing views on the system design and implementation plans, and preparing a summary of each meeting for the project director of the PMU under OPMCM, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iv) providing technical advice to the Implementing Agencies in case of technical disputes with contractors; (v) reviewing the fund withdrawal applications submitted by the Implementing Agencies, checking their appropriateness and accuracy, and advising the chief project director of the PMU whether not to endorse them for payment; and (vi) preparing a quarterly project progress report and a quarterly project performance monitoring and evaluation report to be submitted to ADB.

The consulting package was completed on 15 March 2013.

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.


Twelve ICB contract packages have been awarded under the Project and procurement process ongoing for remaining one packages related to establishment of National Identity System.

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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Bhupendra Bhatt
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of Ministers
Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal


Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2007 to 09 Jul 2007
MRM 03 Aug 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 08 Mar 2016

Grant 0106-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2008 23 May 2008 25 Jul 2008 31 Dec 2014 31 Mar 2018 -
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 14.14 0.00 57%
Counterpart 6.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Jan 2008 12.84 0.00 51%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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