Timor-Leste: Road Network Upgrading Project

Sovereign Project | 45094-001

Summary

The proposed project (the Project) will (i) reconstruct or upgrade about 260 km of principal national roads, (ii) expand the road maintenance program of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI), (iii) build public transport facilities along the Project roads, and (iv) climateproof the Project roads.

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Road Network Upgrading Project Jun 2013

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Project Name Road Network Upgrading Project
Project Number 45094-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2857-TIM: Road Network Upgrading Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 30.85 million
Loan 2858-TIM: Road Network Upgrading Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 9.15 million
Loan 3181-TIM: Road Network Upgrading Project (additional financing)
Ordinary capital resources US$ 11.78 million
Loan: Road Network Upgrading Project
Japan International Cooperation Agency US$ 68.70 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed project (the Project) will (i) reconstruct or upgrade about 260 km of principal national roads, (ii) expand the road maintenance program of the Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI), (iii) build public transport facilities along the Project roads, and (iv) climateproof the Project roads.

Roads play a vital role in the economy and country integration of Timor-Leste. Roads are the primary mode of transport, carrying about 90% of passengers, and 70% of freight. The core network comprises of 1,426 km of national roads, and 869 km of district roads. The national road network, linking the 13 national districts, comprises northern and southern coastal roads; and five roads traversing north-south, connecting the two coastal roads. The district roads link secondary population centers to the national roads. The core network is supplemented by 716 km of urban roads, most of which are in Dili. Rural roads, about 3,000 km in length, provide access to villages and the more remote areas. Recent surveys indicate that almost the entire core road network is in an un-maintainable condition. Only about 8% of the core road network was assessed to be in fair condition, about 22% in poor condition, and about 70% in very poor condition.

Transport services, for both passengers and goods, are provided by the private sector with minibuses and light trucks but services are constrained by the narrow roads and difficult

terrain in addition to the generally poor condition of the roads. These conditions result in high costs and unreliable services. In 2008, there were 1,656 road accidents or about 15 accidents per 10,000 of the population, with most road accidents not resulting in injuries not reported. Lack of regulation of the sector, lack of road safety awareness, and poor road conditions contribute to the relatively high accident rates. The vehicle fleet (excluding motorcycles) doubled between 2005 and 2009, with a three-fold increase in motorcycles.

Supported by offshore petroleum revenue, the Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030 aims to sustain double-digit rates of economic growth and fast track economic development. The vision for 2030 is a modern and diversified economy with high quality infrastructure. The SDP envisages two pillars for development - basic infrastructure and human capital development. Increased public investment on the two pillars over the first five years of SDP is intended to create the conditions necessary to attract private investment and ensure a private sector led economy by 2030. Improvement of land transport is a key factor.

Since the democratic consultation on 30 August 1999, ADB has been the lead evelopment agency in the road transport sector. It has provided six TAs, three project grants, and one sector grant to support the road sector development. ADB's Country Operations Business Plan for 2008-2010 directly tied development outcomes to the goals of the National development Plan, predecessor of the SDP, which emphasized development of transport infrastructure. A new country partnership strategy 2011-2015 is being prepared, under which roads and other key infrastructure will remain a priority.

To improve the performance of road sector, the MOI, assisted by ADB, has developed a medium-term road network development program (MTRNDP), the implementation of which started in 2010 with ADB Grant 0180-TIM: Road Network Development Sector Project. This project is implementing a road maintenance program in the districts served by the ubproject roads.

The proposed Road Network Upgrading Sector Project (the Project) will support upgrading of Timor-Leste's national road network to accommodate rapid economic and social development. The Project will use a sector approach to finance a portion of the MTRNDP, which was prepared under ADB TA 7100-TIM (footnote 1). A sector approach is considered appropriate because (i) MTRNDP is the MOI' road sector development plan; and (ii) MOI, assisted by its Project Management Unit has experience of implementing past ADB projects nd two ongoing sector projects.

The Government of Timor-Leste requested that priority consideration should be given to upgrading of the Dili-Manatuto road (58.3 km). Rehabilitation of the roads from Dili to Liquica (33.5 km) and from Tibar to Gleno (33.3 km) was expected to be carried out under the Road Network Development Sector Project. However, an increase in the estimated cost of other subprojects has meant that funds will be insufficient. These roads will therefore be upgraded under the Project, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. The Manatuto-Baucau road (57.3 km) and the trans-island Manatuto-Natarbora road (80.9 km) are also potential subprojects given their importance for integrated national development. The north coast roads are in generally fair condition but constrain growth because of their narrow width and poor alignment. The Manatuto-Natarbora road is in very poor condition.

Lessons from ADB's previous projects will be incorporated in the project design. The main lessons are: (i) sector approaches have been useful in allowing the government to progressively expand its leadership in the road sector and in providing flexibility; (ii) sustainability requires attention to institutional capacity and long-term road maintenance strategies; and (iii) community participation in road works has been successful in extending the benefit of national road development to roadside communities. The project will respond to a key performance evaluation report observation that past project interventions have not produced significant impacts because the "patch-and-mend" approach did not result in significant improvements. The Project will improve specific routes through appropriately scaled upgrading.

Impact Increased and more efficient movement of people and goods
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A more reliable and safer road network
Progress Toward Outcome

Work proceeding well under the R4 (Tibar-Gleno roads) contract but a little slow under the R3 (Dili-Tibar-Liquica roads). Variation of R3 contract is under process to change design in the vicinity of the port. Contract price will not change because part of the original scope deleted for inclusion under new ICB from the additional financing (L3181).

Delay to signing effectiveness of L3181due to imprending government reshuffling.

Advance action invitation of bids for ICB Tibar Tasitolu dual carriageway delayed (design completed six months ago). ADB has not yet received draft bidding documents for review due to government's internal delays.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

National roads will be upgraded and climate proofed

A feasibility study and a detailed design for the future upgrading of a priority road link are prepared.

Performance based road maintenance contracts are introduced.

Awareness of road safety and transport-related social issues will be increased.

Efficient project management services are provided

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

Tibar to Gleno and Tibar to Liquica component of Dili-Liquica expected to be upgraded and climate proofed by 1st qtr 2016.

The feasibility study has been completed (Manatuto to Natarbora road).

Contracts R3 and R4 include performance based maintenance obligations for two years after construction.

Too early to assess.

Too early to assess.

To be assessed later.

To be assessed later.

The PMU is undergoing reorganization in order to cater for management of other development partner supported national road upgrading projects. Both the environment and social development consultants have been recruited.

To be assessed later.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total of 8 person-months of international staff resources will be required for project processing: team leader, 4 person-months; technical due diligence, 0.5 person-months; environmental due diligence, 0.5 person-months; social and poverty due diligence, 0.5 personmonths; gender due diligence, 0.5 person-months; counsel, legal issues, 0.5 person-months; coordination and consultation, 1 person-month, and peer review, 0.5 person-months. Consulting services, procured under S-PATA 7698-TIM: Supporting Road Network Development will be used to supplement the outputs of the JICA study.
Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

International competitive bidding procedures will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $1.0 million or more, and supply contracts valued at $0.5million or higher. Shopping will be used for contracts for procurement of works and equipment worth less than $100,000. National competitive bidding will be used for civil works and supply contracts worth less than $1.0 million but more than $100,000 and less than 0.5million but more than $100,000 respectively.

When national competitive bidding (NCB) is proposed, before the start of any procurement ADB and the Government will review the public procurement laws of the central and state governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines.

Responsible ADB Officer Richard S. Phelps
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Conselho de Administracao do Fundo InfraestruturaPalacio do Governo,Ministry of Finance
Edificio 5, 1 Andar Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance 15 Apr 2011
Fact Finding 15 Aug 2011 to 26 Aug 2011
MRM 15 Dec 2011
Approval 30 Mar 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Feb 2015

Loan

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 83.14 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 14.44 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 68.70 - 0.00 0.00 %

Loan 2857-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Mar 2012 02 May 2012 13 Jun 2012 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 44.51 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.85 30 Mar 2012 30.09 0.00 98%
Counterpart 13.66 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 Mar 2012 14.93 0.00 48%

Loan 2858-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Mar 2012 02 May 2012 13 Jun 2012 30 Jun 2017 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 9.15 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 9.15 30 Mar 2012 7.08 0.00 84%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 Mar 2012 3.45 0.00 41%

Loan 3181-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Oct 2014 24 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2018 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.22 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 11.78 30 Oct 2014 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 14.44 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 30 Oct 2014 0.00 0.00 0%
Title Document Type Document Date
Loan Agreement (Ordinary Operations) for Road Network Upgrading Project - Additional Financing Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Jun 2015
Road Network Upgrading Project (Additional Financing): Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2014
Road Network Upgrading Project Procurement Plans Jun 2013
Loan Agreement for Road Network Upgrading Project Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) May 2012
Loan Agreement (Special Operations) for Road Network Upgrading Project Loan Agreement (Special Operations) May 2012
Road Network Upgrading Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Mar 2012
Road Network Upgrading Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Mar 2012
Road Network Upgrading Project Gender Action Plans Mar 2012
Road Network Upgrading Project Project/Program Administration Manual Mar 2012

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Road Network Upgrading Project: Tibar-Gleno Road Social Safeguards Monitoring Report (March 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2015
Road Network Upgrading Project: Dili-Tibar-Liquica Road Social Safeguards Monitoring Report (March 2015) Social Monitoring Reports Mar 2015
Road Network Upgrading Project: Tibar-Gleno Road Social Safeguards Monitoring Report (December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Road Network Upgrading Project: Dili-Tibar-Liquica Road Social Safeguards Monitoring Report (December 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Dec 2014
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project - Tibar-Gleno Road: Social Monitoring Report (September 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2014
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project - Dili-Tibar-Liquica Road: Social Monitoring Report (September 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Sep 2014
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project - Dili-Tibar-Liquica Road: Social Monitoring Report (June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2014
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project - Tibar-Gleno Road: Social Monitoring Report (June 2014) Social Monitoring Reports Jun 2014
Road Network Upgrading Project: Tibar-Gleno Subproject Road Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2012
Road Network Upgrading Project: Tibar-Gleno Subproject Road Resettlement Plans Mar 2012
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project Resettlement Frameworks Feb 2012
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project: Dili-Tibar-Liquica Road Resettlement Plans Nov 2011
Road Network Upgrading Project: A03-01/02 Dili-Tibar-Liquiça (Draft) Initial Environmental Examination Nov 2011
Road Network Upgrading Sector Project Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Aug 2011

Evaluation Documents

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