Unstoppable: The Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project Performance-Based Operation and Maintenance Contract

Date: February 2014
Type: Brochures and Flyers


The first railway project of ADB in Afghanistan has established a northern trade route, which is vital to the country’s reconstruction. During the first year of its operation, 4 million tons of goods were transported on the Hairatan-Mazar-e-Sharif link, strengthening the local economy, increasing regional trade, and helping Afghanistan begin to redefine its role in the region. The project’s sustained operational achievement can be largely attributed to a new tool used by ADB: the performance-based operation and maintenance contract. The Hairatan-Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Project demonstrates that such contracts can be duplicated in other developing member countries to deliver projects efficiently and effectively.


  • Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif: A Necessary Connection
  • Engineering Project Success
  • The Performance-Based Operation and Maintenance Contract: Driving Project Achievement
  • Signals of Project Success: Results, Benefits, and Impacts
  • Lessons: Arriving at New Best Practices
  • The Future Remains on Track