Nepal: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 38347-022 Status: Active

ADB is supporting Nepal’s efforts to bring internet and other information technology services to remote areas. The project will help develop an e-government framework and data infrastructure, e-citizen applications for driver's license and land registration, human resources development programs, and policies to ensure interoperability of online technologies.

Project Details

Project Officer
Bhatt, Bhupendra Chandra South Asia Department Request for information
  • Nepal
  • Information and communication technology
Project Name Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
Project Number 38347-022
Country Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0106-NEP: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology - ICT infrastructure - ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The Project will help the Government to provide improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public delivery through increase application of information and communication technology (ICT), ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businessess.

The Project involves (i) building a government ICT network, which allows government-to-government exchange of data and information and central management of government data and information; (ii) developing various priority e-government applications; and (iii) developing and implementing human resources development programs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased information and communication technology (ICT) uptake in the country (community, business, and government), leading to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in government/public service delivery through increased application of ICT, ensuring affordable access to ICT for communities and businesses
Progress Toward Outcome The Project Implementation is ongoing aligning with the set outcome. With roll out of national Government e-Portal; Public Service Recruitment Management System (PSRMS) by Public Service Commission; Electronic driving license (EDL) by Department of Transport Management (DOTM); Land Record Information Management System (LRIMS) by Department of Land Record Management (DOLRM) and ongoing implementation of Vehicle Registration System (VRS) and National Identity (NID) System; achievement of the Project outcome is likely.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. E-government framework and data infrastructure

2. E-citizen services and applications for driver's license and land registration

3. Nationwide human resources development for e-government and ICT

4. National ICT operating policies and guidelines to ensure interoperability with online technologies of government, business, and the broader community

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

1.) Government e-architecture prepared and national portal launched on 4 December 2013 and GIDC was established. All planned activities have been completed. The equipment of groupware were installed; video conference equipment were installed in different government offices. Document Management System application was also tested.

National Information and Technology Centre:

Four contract packages were awarded to achieve the envisaged task and all packages have been completed. Recently two additional packages have been awarded to strengthen GIDC security and infrastructure management.

2.a) Public Service Recruitment: Developed web based application software for establishment of public service recruitment management system and launched external portal in 8 April 2015. The system is in full operation in all 16 PSC offices.

2.b) National Identity Card: Contract for NID was signed on 15 July 2016 with M/S Safran Identity and Security. The system architect and system design documents are finalized. Ongoing implementation progress of the contractor packages is satisfactory.

2.c) EDL and VRS:

Pilot launch of the developed system for issuance of EDL was done by DOTM on 30 Nov 2015; the system is already in operation in four DOTM offices within Kathmandu Valley. EDL will be rolled out in remaining 12 zonal offices of DOTM by April 2017.

VRS has been developed and planned to roll out by 15 April 2017.

2.d) Land Record Information Management System (LRIMS): Developed system was pilot launched in Kalanki LRO on 10 Aug 2015 and have already been rolled out in additional 12 LROs. Though delayed, it has been planned to roll out the system in remaining Parsa LRO by 7 April 2017. Preparation is ongoing for rolling out Remote access model of the developed LRIMS.

3.) 118 trainings have been conducted to 3,821 participants (male: 3,385 and female: 436). 11.4% of female government staff has been trained. Curriculum and materials development and training being imparted to government staff through 13 training service providers.

4.) The National ICT Operating Policy for GEA and NeGIF was approved by the Cabinet on 22 February 2015.

Geographical Location Remote rural areas in Nepal
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects IEE report repared by the national envrionment consultant as part of PPTA. The study was carried out from June to July 2007. The SIEE concludes that no further environmental impact study is required.
Involuntary Resettlement The Project will involve no land acquisition or resettlement, and will not require a resettlement plan.
Indigenous Peoples

The Project will not have any adverse impact on the communities and in particular the Janajatis.

The Project will have overall positive impact on the Project beneficiaries.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation was carried out with concerned stakeholders during Project formulation.
During Project Implementation Consultation is being carried out, as and when required, with concerned Project stakeholders during implementation of the Project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Two individual national consultants will recruited for Project Management Support.

A national firm was recruited to provide project management support for 108 person-months to the Project Management Unit (PMU) under OPMCM. The consultants had (i) assisted the PMU in developing a comprehensive system for monitoring the Project's performance, as prescribed in the project design and performance framework, and for identifying the performance parameters to be monitored during the implementation of the Project; (ii) reviewing monthly progress reports submitted by the Implementing Agencies, identifying potential problems in the implementation of each component, developing remedial measures to avoid or correct problems, and preparing monthly progress report summary, including all the findings and recommendations, for the project director of the PMU, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iii) organizing regular progress review meeting with the Implementing Agencies and the contractors concerned, facilitate interagency coordination and cooperation between project components, reconciling any opposing views on the system design and implementation plans, and preparing a summary of each meeting for the project director of the PMU under OPMCM, ADB, and the cofinancier; (iv) providing technical advice to the Implementing Agencies in case of technical disputes with contractors; (v) reviewing the fund withdrawal applications submitted by the Implementing Agencies, checking their appropriateness and accuracy, and advising the chief project director of the PMU whether not to endorse them for payment; and (vi) preparing a quarterly project progress report and a quarterly project performance monitoring and evaluation report to be submitted to ADB.

The consulting package was completed on 15 March 2013.

The project management consultants was selected in accordance with Guidelines on The Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time) following the quality- and cost-based selection (80:20) and a simplified technical proposal.


Procurement of goods, services, and civil works to be financed under the ADB grant will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines, which is amended from time to time.

Altogether fifteen ICB contract packages have been awarded including package for establishment of National Identity Card; and recently awarded two packages: (i) Government Integrated Data Centre (GIDC) Security Strengthening equipment; and (ii) GIDC Infrastructure Management equipment under NITC.

Responsible ADB Officer Bhatt, Bhupendra Chandra
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Office of the Prime Minister&Council of Ministers
Mr. Leela Mani Paudyal
[email protected]
Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Concept Clearance 07 Oct 2004
Fact Finding 02 Jul 2007 to 09 Jul 2007
MRM 03 Aug 2007
Approval 28 Jan 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 06 Oct 2008
Last PDS Update 24 Mar 2017

Grant 0106-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2008 23 May 2008 25 Jul 2008 31 Dec 2014 31 Mar 2018 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 31.20 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 28 Jan 2008 20.47 0.00 82%
Counterpart 6.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 28 Jan 2008 13.82 0.00 55%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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