Bangladesh: Strengthening Governance Management Project

Sovereign Project | 39452-013 Status: Active

ADB is helping Bangladesh improve the delivery and transparency of tax and land management services. The project will introduce online filing of tax returns, digitize land records management in selected districts, and establish specialized tax and land information and service centers for easy access to information.

Project Details

Project Officer
Alam, Nazmul South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Modality
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Strengthening Governance Management Project
Project Number 39452-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2666-BAN: Strengthening Governance Management Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
TA 7604-BAN: Supporting Governance Management Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The project seeks to improve transparency and accountability of public service delivery in tax and land record administration in Bangladesh with the help of information and communication technology (ICT). Three outputs of the project are (i) online filing of tax returns, (ii) digitized land records management system in selected districts, and (iii) improved access to tax and land information in specialized information and service centers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The project is consistent with the country partnership strategy and is in conformity with the recommendations made in the 2009 country assistance program evaluation in Bangladesh, which found that lack of good governance in many areas is one of the country's binding constraints on growth, and recommended support for further governance reforms. The ADB's country operations business plan for 2010-2012 for Bangladesh states that ADB will continue to provide assistance in improving governance in Bangladesh by enhancing governance management capacity. Recognizing the need for the application of ICT tools for improved governance, the Supporting Governance Management Project identifies three key areas where the application of ICT tools has the potential to enhance efficiency, transparency, and accountability in public service delivery:

(i) Tax administration is one of the most promising areas where good governance can lead to significant gains in terms of increasing tax revenues and in enhancing transparency in tax filing.

(ii) Proper land records management is another area where the application of ICT tools can greatly enhance the quality of public service delivery.

(iii) The success of any good governance initiative based on the principle of a participatory approach critically depends on equal access to information, and bidirectional information flows.

Impact Greater public trust in central government for service delivery

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved transparency and accountability in tax and land record administrations
Progress Toward Outcome Though implementation progresses for both the components have been slow at the beginning, however majority of the works are expected to be completed by end of the Project Period. A mission is expected to be conducted in the Q2 2017 in order to ensure implementation status of Outcomes and Outputs and ascertain whether there is any necessity for loan extension. BRM is closely working with the EAs and monitoring the agreed timeline for smooth implementation and completion of all the packages.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Online filing of tax returns

Digitized land records management system in selected districts

Improved access to tax and land information in specialized information and service centers

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

Output 1:

The turn-key contractor under the component has already developed the software which is operational since last fiscal year, and the data centers and data recover services are also fully functional. Necessary hardware has been procured, delivered and installed and Income tax officers and staffs have been made acquainted with the new software through training and capacity building.

Output 2:

The turn-key contractor has already developed the software which is now in the process being tested and piloted. The import of all the hardware has been completed and the equipment are being delivered.

Output 3:

The recruitment of customer care associate firm for piloting land information and services in 20 centers under DLRS has been completed and the contract has been signed.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Consulting services will be procured using the ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). No advance contracting or retroactive financing is expected to be considered for consulting services. 1440 person-months of consultancy services will be required.
Procurement Procurement of works, goods, and services will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Retroactive financing and/or advance contracting is not expected. Both the PMUs have already been exposed to the procurement standards of the multilateral and the bilateral donors. Moreover, training courses on procurement are regularly organized in the departmental training institutes, and in addition ADB also provides regular training on procurement.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Alam, Nazmul
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
National Board of Revenue
Syed Aminul Karim
[email protected]
National Board of Revenue, Segunbagicha, Dhaka
Prime Minister's Office
Dr. M. Aslam Alam
[email protected]
26 Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, Tejgaon, Dhaka

Timetable

Concept Clearance 11 May 2010
Fact Finding 13 May 2010 to 26 May 2010
MRM -
Approval 21 Sep 2010
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 08 Nov 2010
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2017

Loan 2666-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Sep 2010 11 Sep 2011 20 Oct 2011 30 Jun 2014 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 25.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 21 Sep 2010 18.19 0.00 80%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Sep 2010 11.99 0.00 53%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - -

TA 7604-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Sep 2010 28 Oct 2010 28 Oct 2010 31 Dec 2013 30 Jun 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 180,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 980,000.00 21 Sep 2010 639,829.54
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - -

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