Pakistan: Regional Improving Border Services Project

Sovereign Project | 46378-001

Summary

The PPTA will (i) develop an investment project bankable by ADB loan; (ii) conduct due diligence for technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental viability of the project; and (iii) assist the EA in developing required documentation for country resource allocation including PC-1 for submission to the Planning Commission.

The output of the project will be a modernized border crossing point that meets users' demand of quality border crossing services and is ready to develop into an integrated and coordinated border management regime such as the single window system.

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Project Name Regional Improving Border Services Project
Project Number 46378-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8405-PAK: Regional Improving Border Services Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Industry and trade - Trade and services
Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The PPTA will (i) develop an investment project bankable by ADB loan; (ii) conduct due diligence for technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental viability of the project; and (iii) assist the EA in developing required documentation for country resource allocation including PC-1 for submission to the Planning Commission.

The output of the project will be a modernized border crossing point that meets users' demand of quality border crossing services and is ready to develop into an integrated and coordinated border management regime such as the single window system.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Pakistan provides a key transit trade route for Afghanistan through ports at Karachi and Bin Qasim and border crossing point at Attari and Wagha. The trade volume, particularly transit import to Afghanistan, has grown exponentially since mid-2000s due to national building efforts in Afghanistan.

Torkham is the biggest transit station for Afghan transit trade (84% of cargo flows via Torkham). Traffic volume at Torkham border crossing point now amounts 1,100 vehicles per day. However, Torkham faces some challenges to meet the demand of its quality service such as non-availability of modern and sufficient physical infrastructure (office, examination yard; staff residences); insufficient road infrastructure; non-availability of container/vehicular and baggage scanners; non-availability of suitable communication and IT infrastructure; absence of hardware for biometric system; poor logistics for staff/officers; lack of equipment/scanners to detect explosives; cumbersome cross-border procedures; and insufficient facilities to manage movement of people (estimated to be more than 30,000 people per day).

The TA is in preparation for an ensuirng loan. The project will modernize border point infrastructure of a selected border crossing point (either Torkham at the Afghanistan border or Wagha at the Indian border) to help it meet the demand for quality border crossing services.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Torkham, Wagha, Chaman
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

PPTA Consultants will identify all key stakeholders for consultations, information sharing and ensuring community needs and suggestions.

ADB will take lead in fostering donor coordination through regular donor coordination meetings to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize development impact of each donor's intervention.

During Project Implementation

Consultation, information sharing and ensuring community needs will continue during project implementation.

ADB's Mission visited Islamabad in February 2015 to (i) review the progress of the TA; (ii) identify key issues to be cleared to design the ensuing project implementable and bankable by ADB; and (iii) discuss the schedule for TA implementation and subsequent loan processing.

The consultant team for Phase 1 (developing a border cross point migration plan and designing the ensuring loan) has submitted the Final Report in July 2014.

A steering committee for Land Acquisition Resettlement Assessment has been created to facilitate and conduct social and poverty analysis of the Project's land acquisition and resettlement plans for Phase 2 (conducting technical, economic, financial, social and environmental due diligence)is ongoing. Committee for Land Draft final report is expected to be completed by end April 2015.

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Consulting Services

The TA is ongoing with revised completion date on 30 April 2015. The consultants were engaged by ADB in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).

The consultant team for the 1st phase consisting of 3 individual international and 4 individual national consultants, mobilized in October 2013 completed their tasks in June 2014. The contract with the consulting firm for the second phase of the TA was signed in August 2014 with contract completion date in March 2015.

Responsible ADB Officer Dong-Soo Pyo
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Federal Board of RevenueMr. Tariq Bajwa, Chairman-FBR House, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 18 Jul 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Mar 2015

TA 8405-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Jul 2013 12 Aug 2013 12 Aug 2013 30 Apr 2014 30 Sep 2015 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 18 Jul 2013 596,733.70

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