Afghanistan : Transport Sector Master Plan Update

Sovereign Project | 47210-001

This Technical Assistance (TA) project will contribute to an increase in trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries of 100% over the period 2012-2020, and to increased economic activity associated with an increase in the percentage of the adult population at work from 43.8% in 2012 to 50% in 2020. The TA will contribute to these development goals through the reductions in the cost of movement of freight and passengers within Afghanistan arising from the implementation of measures contained in the proposed Afghanistan transport master plan.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    ADB Disclosure
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Afghanistan
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Transport Sector Master Plan Update
Project Number
47210-001
Country / Economy
  • Afghanistan
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8687-AFG: Transport Sector Master Plan Update
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Environmentally sustainable growth
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender
No gender elements
Description

This Technical Assistance (TA) project will contribute to an increase in trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries of 100% over the period 2012-2020, and to increased economic activity associated with an increase in the percentage of the adult population at work from 43.8% in 2012 to 50% in 2020. The TA will contribute to these development goals through the reductions in the cost of movement of freight and passengers within Afghanistan arising from the implementation of measures contained in the proposed Afghanistan transport master plan.

The TA will provide for a more efficient allocation of resources within the transport sector, by prioritizing physical and non-physical interventions in the transport network on the basis of logical criteria, e.g., value for money, and compatibility with strategic country development plans, among others. The TA will study proposed new investment projects as well as both maintenance activities and soft issues' such as demand management, pricing, and transport sector reforms.

The main outputs of the TA will be the completion of a transport master plan for Afghanistan, and a transport sector assessment and road map. Additional deliverables, which contribute to the final outputs, include: an appraisal methodology report, a list of proposed interventions, and regular monthly and quarterly progress reports.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
An update of the transport sector master plan is required since the previous update was undertaken in 2006, prior to the finalization of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (2008) and Priority Implementation Plan (2010). The update is also needed to reflect upon the progress made and lessons learned with respect to identifying the remaining priorities. Lastly, the update is required such that it will also reflect Afghanistan's important role in the regional context as identified in the CAREC program's Refined Strategy.
Impact

Increased trade between Afghanistan and neighboring countries and additional economic activity within Afghanistan

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Approved medium- and long-term investment priorities, and required reforms for transport sector in Afghanistan

Progress Toward Outcome
The updated transport master plan containing medium- and long-term investment priorities has been approved by the Minister for Public Works.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Completion of transport sector assessment and road map

Completion of national transport master plan for Afghanistan

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA has been completed. The updated transport master plan has been drafted, consulted with government stakeholders, and endorsed by the Minister for Public Works. In addition, an assessment of the national construction industry has also been completed.
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations were held with the government agencies during project design.
During Project Implementation

TA outputs were formulated through an extensive stakeholder consultation process. Staff members of the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, and the Afghanistan Railway Authority provided information and suggestions during

preparation of the report. Numerous development partners contributed to the work.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The TA's consulting services consist of an estimated 20 international person-months and 12 national person-months of specialist inputs. Individuals will provide the following international and national experts: international transport engineer (10 person-months), international transport economist (10 person-months), and national transport expert (12 person-months). ADB will select and recruit all the experts by using individual consultant selection method and following ADB's Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrower's (2013 as amended from time to time). The outline terms of reference are presented in Appendix 3. Proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2015, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
ADB Disclosure
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Transport and Communications Division, CWRD

Timetable

Concept Clearance
29 Apr 2014
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
22 Jul 2014
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
29 Sep 2017

Funding

TA 8687-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
22 Jul 2014 06 Aug 2014 06 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2016 31 Aug 2017 29 Sep 2017
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,100,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
17 Jun 2022 772,621.05

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