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Pakistan: Market Infrastructure Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 41358-012 Status: Closed

The proposed Project would assist in preparing a project (proposed multi tranche facility MFF) to support the Project outcome.

Project Details

Project Officer
Azfar, Sara F Central and West Asia Department Request for information
  • Pakistan
  • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Market Infrastructure Project
Project Number 41358-012
Country Pakistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7218-PAK: Market Infrastructure Project
Japan Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural market infrastructure

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Description The proposed Project would assist in preparing a project (proposed multi tranche facility MFF) to support the Project outcome.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased non traditional agriculture commodity sector performance and growth, and enhanced private sector investment.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An approved project design agreed by Government that will improve agricultural commodity market value chain efficiency and market infrastructure; and improve regulatory environment and international product quality standards and certification systems.
Progress Toward Outcome

The TA consultants were mobilized in early June 2010, and the mid term TA report was submitted in December 2010. An ADB TA review mission was undertaken in January 2010 with a tripartite meeting held. In early March the draft final report (with annexes) was submitted to ADB and the report is being reviewed by ADB and Government.

The proposed project to be a standalone project, with a focus on market infrastructure and supporting regulatory reform that will improve the efficiency of the market chain/ system in urban areas and generate benefits for urban users/ consumers, producers and increase the opportunities for further commodity value added and export expansion.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Phase 1 will focus on (i) an assessment of agricultural commodity marketing infrastructure and systems, encompassing existing market infrastructure, future growth and demand, and will include sector planning work; and (ii) the role of key private sector agents and companies and their value chain operating modalities, feasible options, including innovative approaches for private sector partnerships and financing of public private partnerships and investment prioritization criteria. Phase 1 will last for 2 to 3 months.

Phase 2 will involve preparation of an investment project (MFF) and will commence in month 3 of the TA and last about 6 months.

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

Phase 1 completed and Phase 2 is ongoing. The Government at the mid-term TA review mission (January 2011) indicated that it wanted a focused standalone project, with a key priority, based on the assessment to date, for a modern wholesale market in Lahore. Further, that such a market to involve private sector participation. The structure of the market enterprise and the PPP arrangements are to be determined and further discussed with Government.

The core outputs of the proposed project are expected to include: wholesale market infrastructure investment, regulatory reform (revised agriculture market act), and improved product standards. The project management structure to be determined.

On-going actions: The land site for the wholesale market needs to be finalized, and ADB safeguard policy will apply to all such proposed interventions. The TA consultants have to complete key aspects of the technical work and the environmental, social and resettlements assessments in the remaining period of the TA. Timeline for the approval of the revised market act to be agreed.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Meetings held with National and Punjab Government agencies, industry and business associations (exporters, American business council member companies) industry boards and companies (LDDB, PDDC, PHDEB, PAMCO), representatives of farmer organizations indicated that reform of the regulatory structure for efficient agricultural markets, to facilitate the modernization of the agro-marketing networks with private sector, or through pubilc private partnerships mechanisms is a priority for Governemtn and private sector entities. Discussions with the Competitiveness Support Fund and Infrastructure Project Development Fund indicated that developing PPP modalities with private sector equity participation is currently an inssue. Further meetings with Government staff implementing a number of programs and projects indicated that improving farmer commodity returns is a prirotity, and that they are trying to strengthen the integration of smallholders into these higher commercial return activities.
During Project Implementation The TA consultant have held ongoing dialogue with Government, and consulted with relevant private sector companies, financial institutions, development partners and Government agencies. The ADB mid term review mission met with a range of the Government departments and organizations to assess current reform status in the fruit and vegetable commodity market systems, and opportunities for private sector participation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting Services yet to be determined
Responsible ADB Officer Azfar, Sara F
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban Development and Water Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Planning & Dev. Dept., Govt. of the Punjab
Mr. Muhammad Sami Saeed
Civil Secretariat, Lahore Pakistan
Concept Clearance 14 Mar 2008
Fact Finding 14 May 2008 to 29 May 2008
Approval 10 Dec 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 24 Apr 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2011

TA 7218-PAK

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2008 07 Dec 2009 07 Dec 2009 31 Dec 2009 31 Aug 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 174,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 974,000.00 10 Dec 2008 722,527.68

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