Kazakhstan: CAREC Transport Corridor 1 (Zhambyl Oblast Section) [Western Europe–Western People’s Republic of China International Transit Corridor] Investment Program (Project 1)

Evaluation Document | 10 February 2015

The Government of Kazakhstan developed a transport sector strategy to make the road system larger, better, more accessible, affordable, efficient, safe, and more environmentally friendly. The strategy also emphasized greater integration among different modes; cost recovery; and more outsourcing of construction, maintenance, operations, and management to the private sector. The government’s strategy for the road sector fits well with the Long-Term Strategic Framework of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where transport and logistics were priorities and focused on providing finance and advice on projects with national and regional content. Regional activities fell within the mandate of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), a program where ADB acted as facilitator and Kazakhstan is a member.

ADB, together with other multilateral financing agencies, was requested by the government to handle sections of the road network in the Zhambyl Oblast located in the southern part of the country. These sections, covering 480 kilometers (km), are parts of the Western Europe–Western People’s Republic of China (PRC) International Transit Corridor. In December 2008, ADB approved a multitranche financing facility for Project of the CAREC Transport Corridor 1 (Zhambyl Oblast Section) Investment Program. It was approved on 30 December 2008 and was completed on 31 December 2013. The project completion report (PCR) was prepared in June 2014. This validation reviews that PCR. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.