Afghanistan: Transport Sector Master Plan Update

Sovereign Project | 47210-001

Summary

This Technical Assistance (TA) project will contribute to an increase in trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries of 100% over the period 2012-2020, and to increased economic activity associated with an increase in the percentage of the adult population at work from 43.8% in 2012 to 50% in 2020. The TA will contribute to these development goals through the reductions in the cost of movement of freight and passengers within Afghanistan arising from the implementation of measures contained in the proposed Afghanistan transport master plan.

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Project Name Transport Sector Master Plan Update
Project Number 47210-001
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8687-AFG: Transport Sector Master Plan Update
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector Transport - Transport policies and institutional development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

This Technical Assistance (TA) project will contribute to an increase in trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries of 100% over the period 2012-2020, and to increased economic activity associated with an increase in the percentage of the adult population at work from 43.8% in 2012 to 50% in 2020. The TA will contribute to these development goals through the reductions in the cost of movement of freight and passengers within Afghanistan arising from the implementation of measures contained in the proposed Afghanistan transport master plan.

The TA will provide for a more efficient allocation of resources within the transport sector, by prioritizing physical and non-physical interventions in the transport network on the basis of logical criteria, e.g., value for money, and compatibility with strategic country development plans, among others. The TA will study proposed new investment projects as well as both maintenance activities and soft issues' such as demand management, pricing, and transport sector reforms.

The main outputs of the TA will be the completion of a transport master plan for Afghanistan, and a transport sector assessment and road map. Additional deliverables, which contribute to the final outputs, include: an appraisal methodology report, a list of proposed interventions, and regular monthly and quarterly progress reports.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy An update of the transport sector master plan is required since the previous update was undertaken in 2006, prior to the finalization of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (2008) and Priority Implementation Plan (2010). The update is also needed to reflect upon the progress made and lessons learned with respect to identifying the remaining priorities. Lastly, the update is required such that it will also reflect Afghanistan's important role in the regional context as identified in the CAREC program's Refined Strategy.
Impact Increased trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries and additional economic activity within Afghanistan
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Approved medium- and long-term investment priorities, and required reforms for transport sector in Afghanistan
Progress Toward Outcome International Transport Economist and National Transport Expert consultants have been mobilized since October 2014. Recruitment of the International Transport Engineer is ongoing.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Completion of transport sector assessment and road map

Completion of national transport master plan for Afghanistan

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Initial discussions have been facilitated and are ongoing. A draft Incept Report has been received.
Geographical Location Kabul
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultantions were held with the government agencies during project design.
During Project Implementation

Stakeholder consultations are planned to be held in June 2015 to present findings of draft transport master plan.

The government will provide counterpart support in the form of counterpart staff, office supplies, secretarial assistance, domestic transportation, and other in-kind contributions.

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Consulting Services The TA will require consulting services consisting of an estimated 20 international person-months and 12 national person-months of specialist inputs. Individuals will provide the following international and national experts: international transport engineer (10 person-months), international transport economist (10 person-months), and national transport expert (12 person-months). ADB will select and recruit all the experts by using individual consultant selection method and following ADB's Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrower's (2013 as amended from time to time). The outline terms of reference are presented in Appendix 3. Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer David Hill
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public WorksFirst Macrorayan, Kabul,Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Apr 2014
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 22 Jul 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

TA 8687-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2014 06 Aug 2014 06 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 22 Jul 2014 197,433.42
Title Document Type Document Date
Transport Sector Master Plan Update Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2014
Transport Sector Master Plan Update Concept Papers Apr 2014

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