Outcome achieved ahead of time; TA extension request under process to enable preparation of a possible follow on project (linked to TA recommendations on outputs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Final report, including pilot studies, shared with Government; TA closing extended from original 31 May 2015 to 30 September 2015 to enable ADB-GOK discussion on implementing the TA recommendations, as summarized under the proposed Urban Utilities Transition Support Program (UUTSP) to help operationalize key actions envisaged under the State Program of Infrastructure Development Nurly Zhol' 2015-2019. Mission scheduled for end-September 2015.
Pilot studies /assessments of Zhetisu Vodokanal (Taldykorgan water), Taldykorgan Teploservis (Heating) and Karaganda Su (water) will be shared with the Government in the first week of April, 2015.
Review Mission fielded in November 2014; Government comments on draft TA report received and discussed; comments on Aide Memoire received with regard to continuation of ADB technical assistance support; specifically, regarding (i) the priority projects of the state program of infrastructure development ("Nurly Jol") for the years 2015-2019; (ii) the infrastructure financing fund (feasibility of establishing a fund to finance the infrastructure is currently under consideration by interested government agencies and organizations); and (iii)
developing standard documentation (concession proposals, competitive documentation, and concession agreement) in the sectors of heat and water supply.
Additionally, the Committee for Construction, Housing and Communal Services and Land Management Department is currently considering the possibility of cooperation with the ADB to elaborate the mechanism of financing the modernization of ZhKH networks under the state program "Nurly Jol (The project of the state program of infrastructure development "Nurly Jol" for the years 2015-2019 is awaiting PM approval (as of March 2015).
Draft final TA report reviewed by ADB; to be shared with the EA (now under the new Ministry of National Economy); draft report of pilot project 1 (Karaganda Su Water/sanitation) being reviewed by ADB; Draft reports of pilot projects 2, 3, 4 being prepared
Financial assessment of 21 Water, and 13 District Heating Utility companies completed
Cities and priority pilot projects being shortlisted to initiate analyses on alternative ownership and financing modalities
Karaganda and Taldykorgan confirmed by the Government as the pilot cities (Letter of confirmation dated: 24/01/2014). The utilities selected are: Karaganda Su (water/sanitation), Karaganda Teplotranzit (Heat), Zhetisu Vodokanal (Water / Sanitation) and Taldykorgan Teploservice (Heat).
Mission to Karaganda fielded to begin to work closely with the heating and water utility companies and start the preparation of the Prefeasibility Studies (PFS). The PFS' will summarize the observations regarding each city and utility entity, articulate its strengths and weaknesses and scope for improvement, and detail the new financing, governance, institutional arrangements, and de-risking mechanisms identified to improve their service delivery.
Mission to Taldykorgan scheduled in April 2014.