The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2 Road Investment Program (investment program) will cover about 222 km of A380 highway in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, and the Khorezm and Bukhara provinces of Uzbekistan. The investment program comprises three components: (a) the road development component, (b) the transport logistics component, and (c) the road sector sustainability component.
|Project Name||MFF - Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 Road Investment Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Road transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridor 2 Road Investment Program (investment program) will cover about 222 km of A380 highway in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, and the Khorezm and Bukhara provinces of Uzbekistan. The investment program comprises three components: (a) the road development component, (b) the transport logistics component, and (c) the road sector sustainability component.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The investment program targets the Uzbekistan section of CAREC Corridor 2--the A380 highway, which connects Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. Another highway investment in Kazakhstan (supported by the Asian Development Bank [ADB]) will connect Beyneu (a town on the border with Uzbekistan) with Uzbekistan's A380 highway and the port of Aktau in the Caspian Sea. The two highways, when completed, will provide Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries direct access to the Caspian Sea, and thereafter to South Asia and the Black Sea (via road corridors being built in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). The investment program has strong links to CAREC Corridor 6, which reaches the so-called Ring Road in Afghanistan and thereafter the main ports in Pakistan and Iran.|
|Impact||Sustainable economic development|
|Description of Outcome||Better connectivity and an efficient transport system along the Uzbekistan section of CAREC Corridor 2 Road|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The MFF availability period has been extended from 30 April 2016 to 31 December 2017 to allow additional time for implementing the road development component (implementation of all civil works and related consulting services) of Tranches 2 (L2746-UZB) and 3 (Loan 2868-UZB) of the MFF.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
1. Uzbekistan section of CAREC Corridor 2 road constructed
2. Cross-border facility operational
3. Road sector sustainability strategy and plans adopted by the Road Fund
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Three tranches were approved under the MFF. Tranche 1 (Loan 2635-UZB) was closed in December 2014 while Tranche 2 (L2746-UZB) in August 2017. Tranche 3 (L2868-UZB) is expected to be financially closed by November 2017.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
Project 1 is classified as category B for environment as it does not have major environmental impacts. In line with ADB''s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) 2009, the Republican Road Fund prepared an environment assessment and review framework (EARF) for the investment program and an initial environmental examination (IEE) for Project 1. Detailed design of civil works was carried out in accordance with the SPS 2009 and applicable laws and regulations in Uzbekistan. Contract agreement with civil works contractor specifically includes the environmental requirements.
Project 2 is classified as category B for environment as no major negative environmental impacts are expected. IEE and the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) were prepared as per SPS 2009. The bidding documents include details of the environmental management and monitoring requirements.
Project 3 is classified as environmental category B. The Republican Road Fund prepared the IEE, which is found to be in compliance with the requirements of the SPS 2009. Public consultations including two public hearings in two locations along the project road were held in August 2010. Further consultations were carried out in December 2011. The English version of the IEE was posted on ADB's website on 1 March 2012, and the Russian version of the IEE has been available on the Road Fund's website. No major negative impacts are expected, and the effective implementation of the EMP will minimize and mitigate any adverse impacts during implementation. The tender and the contract documents contain details of the environmental management and monitoring requirements. The contractors will have primary responsibility for implementing the EMP. With assistance of supervision consultants, the Republican Road Fund will monitor the effectiveness of the contractor in complying with the requirements.
Civil works under Project 1 do not involve land acquisition or involuntary resettlement. Project 1 is classified as category C for involuntary resettlement.
Project 2 is classified as category B for involuntary resettlement with a total of 0.84 hectare of land acquired affecting 16 people. The land acquisition and resettlement framework (LARF) for the investment program and land acquisition and resettlement plan (LARP) for Project 2 were developed as per SPS 2009 and disclosed on the ADB website. Compensation has been paid to all affected persons and the LARP compliance report was disclosed August 2014.
Project 3 is classified as category B for involuntary resettlement. The project will mainly follow the existing right-of-way and land acquisition and resettlement are minimal. A total of 0.61 ha of land will be acquired permanently (including abandoned and non-operating entities) and a total of 4 affected households have been identified, out of which 1 is operating and 3 are nonoperating. These entities are located in the desert areas along the project road. The total estimated cost of land acquisition and resettlement ($0.1 million) has been included in the project cost. A LARP compliance report was posted on ADB website in October 2015.
|Indigenous Peoples||Projects 1, 2, and 3 are classified category C for impact on indigenous peoples as defined under SPS 2009.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation||Stakeholder participation and consultation were conducted during project implementation.|
|Consulting Services||All consulting services to be financed under the individual projects of the MFF are to be procured in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Procurement||All goods and works to be financed under the individual projects of the MFF are to be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time).|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Luu, Khuong|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
Republican Road Fund
Mr. Murod Allabergenov, Director
Ministry of Finance 29 Istiklol Street Tashkent, 100017,Republic of Uzbekistan
|Concept Clearance||18 Jan 2010|
|Fact Finding||25 Jan 2010 to 08 Feb 2010|
|MRM||03 Mar 2010|
|Approval||20 Apr 2010|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||12 Feb 2010|
|Last PDS Update||26 Sep 2017|
MFF Facility Concept 0042-UZB
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||738.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 Road Investment Program: Initial Environmental Examination for Projects 1 and 2||Initial Environmental Examination||Feb 2010|
|CAREC Corridor 2 Road Investment Program||Environmental Assessment and Review Framework||Feb 2010|
|CAREC Corridor 2 Road Investment Program: Ethnic Minority Planning Framework||Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks||Feb 2010|
|Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 Road Investment Program||Resettlement Frameworks||Feb 2010|
|Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor 2 Road Investment Program: Environmental Assessment Report||Environmental Assessment and Review Framework||Feb 2010|
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