Georgia: Support for Transportation Policy

Sovereign Project | 47220-001 Status: Approved


The TA seeks to develop a national transport policy and action plan for Georgia. As part of this TA the consultants will also complete a project appraisal and prioritization framework for the transport sector, produce a long-term human resource development plan for the transport sector, improve transport planning capacity within MOESD and, after completion of the transport policy and action plan, provide consultancy support to transport agencies in implementing action plan.

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Project Name Support for Transportation Policy
Project Number 47220-001
Country Georgia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8682-GEO: Support for Transportation Policy
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The TA seeks to develop a national transport policy and action plan for Georgia. As part of this TA the consultants will also complete a project appraisal and prioritization framework for the transport sector, produce a long-term human resource development plan for the transport sector, improve transport planning capacity within MOESD and, after completion of the transport policy and action plan, provide consultancy support to transport agencies in implementing action plan.

The national transport policy will review the Georgian transport sector, identify issues that impede the development of the sector and recommend a series of measures designed to improve the delivery of transport services and capacity in Georgia. Recommendations may include, but are not limited to: (i) reforms to existing transport policies, regulations and organizational structures for delivery of transport services; (ii) actions needed to promote Georgia as a multimodal logistics hub linking Asia and Europe, including needed improvements to existing border crossing services/procedures, and the need to ensure that transit traffic yields high economic value to the country; (iii) actions needed to improve road safety in Georgia; (iv) proposals for reasonable funding envelope for transport projects, including consideration of private sector investment and covering both new investments and ongoing operations and maintenance; (v) transport projects to be prioritized in line with prioritization framework created, and (vi) the need for revised engineering design standards.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Georgia's transport system comprises of five modes road, rail, sea, air and pipelines (for oil and natural gas). Since 2005 successive governments have revised rules and regulations on the supply of transport infrastructure and services, as well as restructuring institutions and delegating to transport agencies the authority to modernize the transport system. However, with demand for transport growing rapidly a number of key issues still have to be addressed, including:

1. Lack of transport policy. The transport sector in Georgia lacks an overall sector policy to guide its development in an inclusive and sustainable manner, which has resulted in each agency developing their own vision / strategy / agenda. The transport sector has a need for a development policy with a suitable road map for each mode and financing arrangements.

2. Transport institutions are fragmented and under the direction of multiple ministries: the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development (MOESD) which has overall responsibility for civil aviation, land and maritime transport, the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MRDI) which is responsible for roads, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs that handles policing of roads, including traffic safety matters. There is a need to review the institutional structure within which transport services are provided and ensure that in the long-term both institutional structure, and coordination between agencies, does not represent an impediment to efficient provision of transport services.

3. Regulation. The Maritime Transport Agency, Georgian Civil Aviation Agency, the Land Transport Agency and the State Hydrographic Service of Georgia operate as technical regulators. However, economic regulation of transport services, meaning the regulation of price, service quality and frequency, is rather limited for most modes and needs further development.

4. Human resource development needs. Despite ongoing work by various development partners, the capacity of the various transport agencies still needs to be strengthened. For example, the roads department of the MRDI has evolved into a network manager and contract administrator but internally lacks the skills to efficiently deliver projects. At ministry level the situation also needs improvement: less than 50% of MOESD staff working on transport-related issues are qualified or have received formal education in a transport-related discipline, and it is estimated that 90% of staff members require short-term training to handle their respective assignments, while 20% need post-graduate specializations. There is an urgent need to build transport planning capacity especially within MOESD.

5. Ability to prioritize between transport projects. As noted in the ADB's Georgia Transport Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map, Georgia would benefit from a framework for prioritization between competing projects in the transport sector, which would enable them to more efficiently allocate scare resources for transport projects across all transport modes.

The technical assistance is designed to address these key issues. The long-term human resource development plan will seek to understand the current, and likely future, gap between workforce skills and organizational needs for bodies in the transport sector and will propose a series of interventions designed to ensure that the skills of staff working in various transport agencies matches the requirements of each agency. The technical assistance will directly meet the need for additional upskilling of capacity of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development staff in the area of transport planning. The technical assistance will provide an overarching transport policy and action plan for Georgia and include both a review of the structure through which transport services are provided and a review of existing regulation in the sector with a view to ensuring that organizational structure and regulatory issues do not impede the development of the transport sector in Georgia.

Impact Safer and more efficient transport system that promotes economic growth in Georgia
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Government adoption of transport policy and action plan
Progress Toward Outcome Transport policy and action plan being worked on.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Transport sector policy recommendations and action plan for Georgia developed

2. Long-term human resource development plan completed with strengthened transport planning capacity for MOESD staff

3. Guidelines for prioritization of transport projects completed with provided support to transport agencies in implementation

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

Consultants have been recruited. The consultant team are working with MOESD to ensure high level policies for transport sector development are agreed upon.

Transport Policy Department of MOESD finalized the list of members for the project steering committee, which has been set up on an informal basis. Emphasis is being given to the provision of training support to Transport Policy Department, including detailed training on transportation planning, transport economics and aviation.


Geographical Location Georgia
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultations were held in May 2014 with government ministries, transport agencies and representatives of the private sector and civil society prior to finalization of project design, which was altered to account for feedback received from consultations.
During Project Implementation

Stakeholder consultations were held at inception stage, and are planned upon completion of draft findings of the transport policy.

A steering committee has been formed, with the transport policy department of MOESD being the key counterpart from the Government of Georgia, to guide the project's development. The steering committee consists of representatives of: MOESD, Land Transport Agency, Maritime Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Agency, Sakaeronavigatsia, United Airports of Georgia, Georgian Railways, Marabda-Kartsakhi Railway, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Roads Department, Ministry of Finance/Revenue Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs/Patrol Police Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Agriculture. The steering committee is being chaired by MOESD. MOESD have designated a Project Director, who is the primary MOESD focal person for the TA.

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Consulting Services The TA will mobilize and engage 20 person-months of individual international consultants and 18 months of individual national consultants over the 2-year TA period. The international consultants will comprise: transport planner, transport economist, and human resources development specialist. The national consultants will comprise a national transport specialist and an institutional and regulatory specialist. All experts shall be recruited by using ICS 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). Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time). Consultant recruitment is ongoing.
Procurement Not applicable.
Responsible ADB Officer Fergal Trace
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economy&Sustainable Development of GEO
12 Chanturia Str., 0108, Tbilisi,Georgia
Concept Clearance 28 May 2014
Fact Finding 04 May 2014 to 08 May 2014
Approval 09 Jul 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 21 Sep 2015

TA 8682-GEO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Dec 2016 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 825,000.00 09 Jul 2014 438,120.79

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