Myanmar : Transport Sector Reform and Modernization

Sovereign Project | 47087-001

The impact of the technical assistance will be a more effective and sustainable management of the transport sector in Myanmar. The outcome will be improved policies and actionable plans for reforming and modernizing the transport sector.

The technical assistance will be implemented under the following four outputs.

Output 1: Improved transport sector architecture defined.

Output 2: Restructuring and rationalization strategy for Myanma Railways prepared.

Output 3: Reengineering plan for Public Works prepared.

Output 4: Business restructuring strategies for selected state-owned enterprises under the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Rail Transportation prepared.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Date, Shihiru
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Myanmar
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Transport Sector Reform and Modernization
Project Number
47087-001
Country / Economy
  • Myanmar
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization (Supplementary)
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 999,950.00
TA 8788-MYA: Transport Sector Reform and Modernization
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender
No gender elements
Description

The impact of the technical assistance will be a more effective and sustainable management of the transport sector in Myanmar. The outcome will be improved policies and actionable plans for reforming and modernizing the transport sector.

The technical assistance will be implemented under the following four outputs.

Output 1: Improved transport sector architecture defined.

Output 2: Restructuring and rationalization strategy for Myanma Railways prepared.

Output 3: Reengineering plan for Public Works prepared.

Output 4: Business restructuring strategies for selected state-owned enterprises under the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Rail Transportation prepared.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Myanmar's economy has reached a turning point, potentially separating a history of low growth with a phase of quick catch-up. Modernization of the country's transport system can be an engine for such transformation. An ADB study showed that improving international and national transport systems and services can increase Myanmar's gross domestic product by more than 20% by 2030. Improving transport connectivity and rural accessibility will raise the competitiveness of agricultural products and reduce rural poverty. Investment needs are large because of the low quality and poor condition of existing infrastructure. Addressing them will take time since transport institutions require strengthening.

The government has asked ADB for policy and advisory technical assistance (TA) to help design transport sector reforms and modernization plans. As a first step toward assisting Myanmar, ADB has been preparing a transport sector policy study. This follow-on TA is a second step, which builds on the early findings of the initial study and the policy dialogue developed..

Impact

Transport sector reform and modernization initiated

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Government is able to consider and start implementing transport sector reforms and capacity building plans

Progress Toward Outcome
Ongoing.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Improved transport sector architecture defined

Restructuring and capacity building plan for Myanma Railways prepared

Restructuring and capacity building plan for Public Works prepared

Government receives advice on how to restructure selected state-owned enterprises

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Project preparation of the Myanmar railway modernization project is underway. Loan factfinding mission is tentatively scheduled in February 2021. Individual international and national consultants to provide additional support to project preparation and implementation have been recruited and mobilized since January 2019.
Geographical Location

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

Under Phase 1 of the TA, ADB recruited 12 individual international consultants and 1 national consultant for a total of about 60 person-months international consultant input and 24 person-months national consultant input. Recruitment of consultants was done in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time).

Phase 2 of the TA requires an additional 63 peron-months of international consultant inputs, and 63 person-months of national consultant inputs. All consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). It will be implemented through individual consultants as under Phase 1 and one consulting firm. Nine existing positions of individual international consultants will be provided additional inputs. Three new positions will

be created to cover project due diligence areas that are common to all projects: social and

environmental safeguards, and financial management. The existing position of national transport

coordinator will be extended, and supported by a new position of executive assistant. A national

urban specialist will be recruited to support engagement in Yangon.

All procurement under the TA will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2010, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Date, Shihiru
Responsible ADB Department
Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport and Communications

Timetable

Concept Clearance
03 Sep 2014
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
11 Dec 2014
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
28 Jan 2021

Funding

TA 8788-MYA

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2014 26 Jan 2015 26 Jan 2015 31 Aug 2016 31 Aug 2021 19 Oct 2021
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
4,999,950.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,999,950.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 4,151,546.16

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Myanmar Transport Sector Policy Note: Summary for Decision Makers Brochures and Flyers Jul 2016

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Consultation and External Relations Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Road Safety Facilitator Individual - Consulting Closed
International Social Development / Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Road Safety Facilitator Individual - Consulting Closed
International Environmental Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Senior Contract Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Communications Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Road Safety Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
International Procurement and Contract Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Preparation and Engineering Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Preparation, Engineering, and Procurement Consultant Firm - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development/Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Public Transport Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance 8788 23 Apr 2018 SMEC International Pty. Ltd., AUS(AUSTRALIA) in association with MYANMAR INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS CO. LTD. (MMIC)(MYANMAR) | 220-226 Sharp Street Cooma, NSW 2630 Australia Ministry of Transport and Communications 749,350.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.