Pakistan: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor Development Investment Program

Sovereign Project | 48404-001

The PPTA will design an MFF to assist the government in improving the CAREC corridors to serve the needs of surrounding countries to be interconnected through Pakistan and thereby acting as a regional hub to promote regional integration and intra- and inter-regional trade. The PPTA will also conduct a feasibility assessment for the 1st tranche project including preliminary engineering designs; cost estimating; technical, financial, economic, and socioeconomic analysis; environmental analysis; social impact assessment; a study for initial benchmark performance indicators; and preparation of project evaluation and monitoring framework.

Project Name Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor Development Investment Program
Project Number 48404-001
Country / Economy Pakistan
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8914-PAK: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor Development Investment Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 8914-PAK: Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridor Development Investment Program (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 200,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The PPTA will design an MFF to assist the government in improving the CAREC corridors to serve the needs of surrounding countries to be interconnected through Pakistan and thereby acting as a regional hub to promote regional integration and intra- and inter-regional trade. The PPTA will also conduct a feasibility assessment for the 1st tranche project including preliminary engineering designs; cost estimating; technical, financial, economic, and socioeconomic analysis; environmental analysis; social impact assessment; a study for initial benchmark performance indicators; and preparation of project evaluation and monitoring framework.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The proposed multitranche financing facility (MFF) will enhance regional connectivity and trade via the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Corridors in Pakistan by improving the efficiency for road traffic along the CAREC Corridors. For the purpose, the proposed MFF will rehabilitate and upgrade the road network constituting the CAREC Corridors.

In 2011, Pakistan joined the CAREC Program. Pakistan's transport corridors offer the shortest route to the sea for landlocked Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Xinjiang province of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Pakistan's accession to the CAREC will enable subregions in Asia and Europe to be virtually integrated and seamlessly connected from East Asia through South Asia and Central Asia to Europe. In 2013, the CAREC Transport Corridors were extended to Pakistan to provide Afghanistan, Central Asia, and PRC with connection to Gwadar and Karachi port at the Arabian Sea. The CAREC Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020 endorsed by the CAREC ministers at the 12th Ministerial conference in 2013 proposes $5.6 billion of investment projects to build the extended CAREC corridors in Pakistan.

In the context of Afghanistan's exploiting markets in South and Southeast Asia for their agricultural products, PRC's exploring access to the Arabian Sea, and India's pursuing connection to Central Asia, all through Pakistan, completing the CAREC corridors and serving the needs of surrounding countries will benefit Pakistan not only for the growth of economy and trade but also for deepened regional integration and resultant stable geopolitics, and ultimately help achieve the vision of the CAREC. ADB's continuing engagement in Pakistan's pursuing the CAREC corridor development will speed up its achievement and enable the benefits of improved regional integration to be shared by surrounding countries.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The main stakeholders of the project include public institution (Ministry of Communication, National Highway Authority, Ministry of Trade and Commerce and local government departments with other law enforcing agencies like Motorways and Highways Police) and project beneficiaries including business community and traders, freight forwarders, transport operators as well as passengers and the local community having their assets landed and non-landed in project corridor and affected persons.

Focus group discussions, workshops, community mobilization, in-depth interviews and consultations conducted for discussion on the environment and social safeguard issues, land acquisition and resettlement planning and implementation documentation, potential needs of the community and other social-related issues such as gender, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, child labor etc.

During Project Implementation

During project implementation, project affected people will be key stakeholders to pay utmost attention to. The implementation of the land acquisition resettlement plan will be closely coordinated with the representatives of the affected communities and their grievances will be heard through the grievance redress mechanism.

Community mobilization and in-depth interviews and consultations were conducted on other social safeguard issues such as gender, HIV/AIDs, human trafficking, child labor etc.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The PPTA consulting firm was mobilized in May 2016. The selection used the quality-and cost-based selection procedure, with a simplified technical proposal and a 90:10 proportion of quality to cost. 90:10 is required due to the technical knowledge required in preparing an MFF. The consulting firm completed their assignment on 31 May 2017. The consultant's final report is available at ADB website.
Procurement Procurement under the TA is in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended form time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Ning, Jiangbo
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
National Highway Authority
Ijaz Ahmad, Director (P&CA)
[email protected]
Room No. 110, 1st Floor, NC Building, Sector G-9/1 Islamabad, Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 30 Jun 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

TA 8914-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
30 Jun 2015 23 Jul 2015 23 Jul 2015 30 Sep 2016 31 Dec 2018 10 Dec 2018
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,700,000.00 17 Jun 2022 1,544,062.71

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.


Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 8914 12 May 2016 Sambo Engineering Co., Ltd. (Korea, Republic of) in Association with Associated Consultancy Centre (Pvt) Ltd. (Pakistan) | Daehak-ro 63, 7F, Kim's Medivill Buildin Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Korea, Republic of National Highway Authority 1,325,500.00

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