The Grant's implementation progressed in most areas, especially in community road works in Bobonaro and Covalima, albeit slight delays in contract awards.
Arrangements for devolving implementation to the district administrations are proving to be complex and therefore implementation responsibility will remain mainly with Ministry of Infrastructure.
Highlights in Project Implementation:
* Project Implementation Consultant 1 (PIC 1: CARE) has completed the project implementation plan.
* Priority rural road sections have been identified in Bobonaro and Covalima in consultation with communities and local government officials, and physical surveys have been completed.
* JICA supported labor based engineer conducted two training of trainers including field demonstrations in Bobonaro and Covalima in May 2011.
* Crew selection and organization completed resulting in 22 permanent and 22 reserved crew groups in 7 sucos from Bobonaro and 15 permanent and 15 reserve crew groups in 6 sucos from Covalima.
* Technical training of community workers by PIC1 and District Rural Road Supervisors (DRRS) took place between August 5 and 19 in all sites in Bobonaro, and will be completed in Covalima by middle of September 2011.
* Rural road rehabilitation work by communities commenced in on 8 August 2011 in Leolima and expanded to all locations in Bobonaro by the beginning of September 2011. Regular road work activities in Covalima will begin in October 2011.
* JICA supported social development specialist developed the ToR for baseline, midterm and endline surveys and has been supporting the firm/NGO selection process.
* JFPR coordination team continued coordination with other government and development partner funded rural road initiatives, especially Roads 4 Development by AusAID and EU funded Rural Development Program Phase 3, and facilitated a rural road meeting between the government and development partners on 27 May 2011.
Work in Oecussi cancelled due to insufficient budget for sustainable road work.
Highlights in Implementation from November-December 2012 :
* Minor Change in project scope and implementation arrangements have been approved on 23 November 2012, to (i) dropping proposed project activity in Oecussi district, (ii) Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) assuming procurement and payment agency role for small procurements and (iii) PIC also assuming responsibility for day to day management for construction works under this grant project.
* Contract Variation for CARE International Project Implementation Consultant Package No. 1 Bobanaro and Covalima have been approved.
* Cumulative contract awards and disbursement projections have been revised following the Special Project Administration Missions in September 2012.
Highlights in Project Implementation 2013:
* Disbursement needs acceleration
* While significant progress is being made on site the project implementation consultant remains slow in processing invoices and reimbursement request, and the PMU remains slow at processing them
* In 6 December 2013, OCO approved the extension of the project on exceptional basis from 12 March 2014 to 12 March 2015.
Highlights in Implementation :
*In 10 April 2014, TLRM approved Contract variation for CARE increasing the contract amount to $2,278,674 and reallocation of grant proceeds.
* As of 30 June 97 COmmunity contracts were contracted for the civil work with the community.
* CARE finalized the training module on basic business managent training for the community and started imparting training to the community from June 23,2014.
4 September ADB approves CARE contract extension until 31 December,this is a no cost contract extension.
29 October: ADB approves the consultant for Social Analysis/Social Development
*Highlights Jan-Mar 2015
14 March: Project Completion
Finalizing witheld payment
*Highlights January-March 2016:
Closing the grant account by 31 March 2016