|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Under Output 1, three international procurement consultants are working in Afghanistan, Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic (to cover the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan) and Uzbekistan (to cover Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan). A fourth consultant provides assistance on contract dispute matters on an on-call basis. A national consultant is helping to administer and coordinate the work of the procurement consultants.
To date, 952 staff from executing and implementing agencies have participated in hands-on training and workshops provided under this TA including Enhancing Procurement and Contract Management Capacity, conducted in Uzbekistan (28-31 October 2014); Developing Procurement Capacity for Improved Outcomes, conducted in Pakistan (24-28 November 2014); training on single-stage, two envelope bidding procedures for small works and bid evaluation report preparation, conducted for the Housing for the Integrated Rural Development Investment Program in Uzbekistan (5 December 2014); two FIDIC Contract Management Workshops were conducted in Islamabad, Pakistan (9-10 April 2015) and (Lahore, Pakistan 13-15 April 2015) and another two 3-day workshops were conducted in Afghanistan in October 2015. The same FIDIC workshop will also be held in Georgia on 5-7 April 2016. A practical learning session on contract management will also be held on 31 March 2016 in ADB Headquarters for CWRD Management and staff. The workshops focus on contract management to promote improved implementation performance, address contract management issues under turnkey or engineering, procurement and construction contracts. The workshops highlight contract management practices and provide strategies and solutions for presenting and resolving contract disputes.
International procurement consultants have helped finalize bidding documents for a number of projects, have tender activities and evaluation of proposals, and have provided quality assurance for over 30 bid evaluation reports.
Under Output 2, five due diligence activities occurred to verify information presented in proposals, prior to contract award.
On 19 August 2015, ADB''s Vice President (Operations 1) approved a major change in scope and implementation arrangements to (i) provide critical project management assistance under the TA, (ii) allow for delegation to the sector divisions of recruitment and administration for the subsequent consultants; and (iii) increase the TA value by $750,000. This resulted in the inclusion of Output 3 in the project.
Under Output 3, three consultants are providing assistance to a transport sector project in Turkmenistan.