Armenia: Infrastructure Sustainability Support Program

Sovereign Project | 46220-003

Summary

The TA aims to support the government to: (i) update the assessments for road and water sectors prepared with baselines and gap analysis; (ii) develop road and water KPIs for sector and budget management; (iii) pilot results-based "passports" developed for roads and water, and use them in budget formulation; (iv) develop financing options and strategy for public and private participation in road sector; and (v) strengthen the capacity of MoTC, MTA (SCWS) internal audit unit staff to audit programs.

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Project Name Infrastructure Sustainability Support Program
Project Number 46220-003
Country Armenia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8249-ARM: Infrastructure Sustainability Support Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Public expenditure and fiscal management
Transport - Road transport (non-urban)
Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban water supply
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The TA aims to support the government to: (i) update the assessments for road and water sectors prepared with baselines and gap analysis; (ii) develop road and water KPIs for sector and budget management; (iii) pilot results-based "passports" developed for roads and water, and use them in budget formulation; (iv) develop financing options and strategy for public and private participation in road sector; and (v) strengthen the capacity of MoTC, MTA (SCWS) internal audit unit staff to audit programs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA will support the government in developing a framework to strengthen results orientation in infrastructure. It will support the government's development priority of sustainable infrastructure provision, as articulated in the Draft Armenia Development Strategy (2012-2025), Medium Term Expenditure Framework (2012-14), and Republic of Armenia Government Program (June 2012). The TA will also complement ADB's ongoing interventions in Armenia's transport and water sectors. TA outputs and findings will be used to design a policy-based loan (PBL) in 2014.
Impact Improved results-based management implemented in the road and water sectors in Armenia.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Budget and MTEF-linked results-based management framework developed for the road and water sectors.
Progress Toward Outcome Key performance indicators based on sector development results were incorporated effectively in MTEF 2014-16 and the 2014 Budget. The indicators have also been submitted to MOF as part of line ministries' MTEF 2015-2017 and 2015 Budget submissions.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Assessments for the road and water sectors prepared with baselines and gap analysis updated.

2. Road and water KPIs for sector and budget management developed.

3. Pilot results-based passports (public information documents) developed for roads and water, and used in budget formulation by MOF, MOTC, and SCWS.

4. Financing options developed and strategy drafted for public and private participation in the road sector.

5. Capacity of MOTC and MTA (SCWS) internal audit unit staff strengthened.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Assessments for the road and water sectors prepared with baselines and gap analysis were undertaken. Road and water KPIs for sector and budget management were developed. Results-based passports (public information documents) were developed for roads and water, and piloted in budget formulation by MOF, MOTC, and SCWS. Financing options were developed and a road financing strategy is being drafted in consultation with the government and other stakeholders. Capacities of MOTC and MTA (SCWS) internal audit unit staff were strengthened.
Geographical Location National
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

Extensive consultations were held with government counterparts, stakeholders and beneficiaries while designing the TA and identifying targeted outputs. Among those consulted were:

(i) public sector counterparts: Ministries of Finance, Transport & Communications, Territorial Administration, State Committee on Water Systems, Public Sector Regulatory Commission, Chamber of Control (at policy maker, technocrat, and practitioner levels);

(ii) stakeholders/service users: SPAYKA (largest logistics firm with innovative business lines), AVAG Solutions;

(iii) private sector service providers in transport (Builders' Union of Armenia, which has several business lines in infrastructure construction and maintenance, including roads) and water sectors (four of the five water and sanitation companies in Armenia, managed by Armenia Water Sanitation Company and MVV).

During TA conceptualization development partners with public finance, transport, water portfolios in Armenia were consulted as well. These included the International Monetary Fund (IMF); World Bank's development policy operations, public financial management, transport and water teams (from country office, regional office in Georgia, and headquarters for policy and project level dialogue); GIZ public sector management and KfW water teams (from country office and headquarters); U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); European Union Delegation, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The TA team is working closely with the World Bank, GIZ and KfW teams for greater value addition through synergies among our respective programs in Armenia.

During Project Implementation TA findings and options to strengthen the current country systems have been discussed with and vetted by key counterpart agencies, development partners during ADB missions, focus group meetings, seminars and workshops in April, July, and November 2013.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services To assist with implementation, eight consultants were hired individually by ADB for 20 person-months to provide policy advice, technical and capacity development assistance during TA implementation. The consultant team comprisse three pairs of sector specialists-one international and one national specialist each for public financial/public sector management, transport (roads), and water-and a national legal expert. All consultants were engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Yesim M. Elhan-Kayalar
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance (MOF)1 Melik Adamyan, Yerevan
Armenia
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Nov 2012
Fact Finding 12 Nov 2012 to 15 Nov 2012
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Sep 2014

TA 8249-ARM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2012 02 Jan 2013 02 Jan 2013 30 Apr 2014 31 Dec 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 550,000.00 10 Dec 2012 469,559.37

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