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Uzbekistan: Enhancing Efficiency in Rural Infrastructure

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48039-001 Status: Closed

This TA will enhance rural outcomes in three ways. First, the TA will assess a random sample of the houses constructed, infrastructure, community facilities, home-based businesses and oversight mechanisms in the field, and recommend ways to improve them. Second, the technical capacity of relevant government agencies will be enhanced, to improve HIRD physical implementation and enable any necessary changes to policies, procedures, and practives for construction and completion of rural houses and related infrastructure. Third, responsiveness to client needs from Government agencies will be improved by better interactions with HIRD beneficiaries.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sood, Priyanka Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Uzbekistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Enhancing Efficiency in Rural Infrastructure
Project Number 48039-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8894-UZB: Enhancing Efficiency in Rural Infrastructure
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Industry and trade / Small and medium enterprise development

Public sector management / Public administration

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Urban housing

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description This TA will enhance rural outcomes in three ways. First, the TA will assess a random sample of the houses constructed, infrastructure, community facilities, home-based businesses and oversight mechanisms in the field, and recommend ways to improve them. Second, the technical capacity of relevant government agencies will be enhanced, to improve HIRD physical implementation and enable any necessary changes to policies, procedures, and practives for construction and completion of rural houses and related infrastructure. Third, responsiveness to client needs from Government agencies will be improved by better interactions with HIRD beneficiaries.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Under the Government's Welfare Improvement Strategy of Uzbekistan 2012 - 2015, key objectives for regional economic growth include ensuring higher rates of economic development in regions that have lower per capita income and industrial production and services. Further, a government objective is to ensure that living conditions for the rural population are brought as close as possible to the level enjoyed in cities through the development of transport and public utilities infrastructure, educational institutions, healthcare units, and sporting facilities. One specific program launched in support of these objectoves is the Housing for Integrated Rural Development (HIRD) Investment Program. As originally envisaged, from 2011 to 2015, 40,800 houses will be built nationwide. In 2011, ADB approved a $500m multitranche financing facility to support HIRD through intermediary financing to the participating commercial banks who provide mortgages to homebuyers.

As housing construction grows in rural areas, homebuyers are becoming more discerning in their housing needs, demand more robust construction standards and want swift action taken against construction firms who do not meet satisfactory regulatory and construction standards. With the Government an active participant in the rural housing construction market, there has been little opportunity or incentive to review the regulatory standards and their application to assess if they are fit for purpose' for rural housing. Further, capacity to provide active oversight during construction has been stretched, and there has been little training for those officials who provide oversight of construction.

The key development issues to be addressed under this TA include:

- Government being more responsive to the needs of rural homebuyers in terms of consistent and high quality house construction standards and construction oversight.

- Government capacity to adjust rural construction regulatory standards and provide effective construction oversight.

- Government understanding of its role and responsibilities with regard to inspection and timely action on poor construction work, taking measured and proportionate responses to these construction firms.

- Government having an increased understanding of how technology can be used to improve construction oversight outcomes, and complement existing construction oversight techniques.

Impact Improved housing construction, associated infrastructure and individual work opportunities
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved government technical capacity to deliver rural housing and associated infrastructure, and to support home-based enterprises
Progress Toward Outcome Ongoing
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved field technical assessment tools and procurement of HIRD program construction

2. Improved field technical assessment tools of HIRD program infrastructure and community facilities

3. Improved field technical assessment tools of HIRD program housing in support of home-based enterprises

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Ongoing
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design During the Loan Review mission for UZB: HIRD Program from 29 April to 13 May, this TA was discussed with the Ministry of Economy, the State Committee for Architecture and Construction (now the Ministry of Construction), Qishloq Qurilish Invest Engineering Company, Qishloq Qurilish Loyiha Design and Research Institute, and the State Cadastre Committee.
During Project Implementation

The TA is being discussed regularly with the government and TA implementation is on track. The TA is assisting implementation of UZB: Affordable Rural Housing Program, which is a results-based loan (Loan 3535).

ADB hired an international construction firm (INACON PERTIWI), who commenced its work on 21 June 2018 and fielded its team of consultant under Inception mission from 9-20 July 2018. Findings and observations together with recommendations were presented to counterparts (EA/MOE, Ministry of Construction (MOC), State Technical Inspectorate under MOC, QQI, and QQL) on 20 July 2018.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

A national procurement specialist was engaged for 11 person-months, intermittently, from 17 March 2016 to 31 Jan 2017. Two civil engineers (international and national) have been hired and have provided their inputs under the TA.

TA Minor change in implementation arrangements was approved in October 2017.

CSRN for International Civil Engineering firm recruitment was posted late Q4 2017. RFPs were sent to shortlisted consultants in Q1 2018. Selection process is ongoing.

Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Sood, Priyanka
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Uzbekistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction
45 A, Islam Karimov Avenue, Tashkent, 1000 03, Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Nov 2014
Fact Finding 09 Mar 2015 to 18 Mar 2015
MRM -
Approval 08 May 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 02 Oct 2018

TA 8894-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
08 May 2015 17 Jun 2015 17 Jun 2015 31 Dec 2017 07 May 2020 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 08 May 2015 509,649.31

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Procurement Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Oct 2019 14 Oct 2019
Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jun 2018 18 Jun 2018
Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation System Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 22 May 2018 28 May 2018
Civil Engineering Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 22 Dec 2017 20 Jan 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8894 11 Jun 2018 INACON LUHUR PERTIWI, PT(INDONESIA) in association with UBI CONSULTING LLC(UZBEKISTAN) 26B, PEJATEN RAYA PEJATEN, PASAR MINGGU, JAKARTA CAPITAL C INDONESIA 12510 Ministry of Economy Consulting Services 101,140.00

Procurement Plan

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