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Mongolia: Concessions for Ulaanbaatar's Municipal Services

Sovereign (Public) Project | 48467-001 Status: Closed

Project Details

Project Officer
Zhang, Yuebin East Asia Department Request for information
  • Mongolia
  • Technical Assistance
  • Public sector management
Project Name Concessions for Ulaanbaatar's Municipal Services
Project Number 48467-001
Country Mongolia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8939-MON: Concessions for Ulaanbaatar's Municipal Services
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 700,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Strengthened operational framework for PPPs in UB City
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Roadmap for the delivery of municipal services by PPPs in UB City
Progress Toward Outcome Implementation completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

PPP institutional assessment for UB City

PPP training for UB City

Screened PPP projects

Support for the drafting by UB city staff of a PPP roadmap

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The TA assisted the Economic Development Agency screen proposed public-private partnerships over September-October 2015. This led to a short list of priority PPPs, and the commencement of project preparation.

The TA supported the launch of Ulaanbaatar Development Corporation (UBDC) on 1 December 2015 at an event led by the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar. The corporation will facilitate the city's engagement in commercially oriented activities including PPPs. The event was attended by around 200 representatives of the city, the business community (e.g., construction firms, banks, industry associations), development partners, civil society, and the media, and was covered on the evening TV news. Strong interest was evident from the private sector in UB's PPP program.

The TA supported a PPP Consultative Meeting led by the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar on 15 January 2016 and a follow-up post-workshop. The event presented pilot PPPs being prepared by the UBDC and introduced a proposed PDF for UB City's PPPs. The event was attended by representatives of the, the central government, the business community, development partners, civil society, and the media.

The pilot PPPs are for low carbon schools and kindergartens, energy efficient street lighting, and roads and bridges. The low carbon school and kindergarten PPP, which will raise the energy efficiency of buildings to 50% and fix cold classrooms, was rated as UB City's most important investment project in a recent Deliberative Polling event supported by Stanford University. The street lighting PPP follows similar PPPs in Europe and the UK, and will use the savings from improved energy efficiency to fund better quality lighting and an extension of street lights into ger areas.

The pilots are intended to both deliver better public services and provide a learning-by-doing experience. They showcase how the private sector can be engaged to introduce smart, high technology solutions to reduce air and other forms of pollution in UB. The pilots were presented at a workshop to UB City and central government agencies on 27 September 2016.

The workshop also considered a a draft PPP roadmap for UB City. This is designed to achieve a transition to PPPs that help UB become a smart, sustainable and green city. The roadmap also sets out how UB city can ensure its PPPs are fiscally affordable and provide value- for-money.

A range of PPP tools (e.g., PPP Prioritization and Suitability Tool and User Guide, a

Business Case Development Toolkit, an Interactive Risk Assessment and Allocation Tool, and Standardized key performance indicators, standard bidding documents) tailored to UB City's circumstances are under development.

The TA is approaching its final stage. The government is requesting for additional capacity development before the TA completion date. Preparation is underway.

The implementing agency requested for an extension of the TA until 31 Dec 201,to finalize the following activities:

- Training of FIDIC conditions of contract and PPP among UB city agencies

- Seminar or roundtable discussion among UB city high level officials on PPP and UB city possibilities

- Project management training PMBOK within UB city agencies

- Support identification of priority PPP suitable for a screening assessment

Final activities of the TA are all completed.

Geographical Location Ulan Bator
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The technical assistance was prepared in consultation with the Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar, relevant central government agencies, and development partners. The design also drew on an readiness assessment conducted by ADB staff.
During Project Implementation The technical assistance will be implemented by the Municipal Government of Ulaanbaatar in cooperation with relevant central government agencies, development partners, community representatives, and potential service providers and their financiers.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A team of international consultants will be engaged for up to 17 person-months. National consultants will be engaged for up to 57 person-months.
Responsible ADB Officer Zhang, Yuebin
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Mgt, Financial Sector and Regional Coop Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ulaanbaatar Municipal Government
Sukhbaatar Square-11
Ulaanbaatar-46, Mongolia
Concept Clearance 25 Feb 2015
Fact Finding 02 Feb 2015 to 04 Feb 2015
Approval 11 Aug 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Mar 2018

TA 8939-MON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Aug 2015 07 Sep 2015 07 Sep 2015 30 Sep 2017 31 Dec 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 700,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 11 Aug 2015 425,036.00

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