49063-001: Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development | Asian Development Bank

Pakistan: Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 49063-001 Status: Active

The TA is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy for Pakistan 2015-2019, which in turn is aligned with the Government of Pakistan''s national strategy (Pakistan Vision 2025). One of seven pillars of the national strategy is modernization of transport infrastructure and greater regional connectivity, which this TA directly supports.

Project Details

Project Officer
Sakamoto, Ko Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development
Project Number 49063-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8990-PAK: Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development
Government of the United Kingdom US$ 15.41 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description

The TA is in line with the Country Partnership Strategy for Pakistan 2015-2019, which in turn is aligned with the Government of Pakistan''s national strategy (Pakistan Vision 2025). One of seven pillars of the national strategy is modernization of transport infrastructure and greater regional connectivity, which this TA directly supports.

ADB has provided extensive support to Pakistan''s transport sector which has in recent years focused on the upgrading of national highways and construction of new motorways. This is set to continue, with projects in the pipeline to support the construction of National Highways M-4, and further development of CAREC Corridors through a Multitranche Financing Facility (MFF). In addition, projects are now being prepared to develop provincial roads in Sindh province, and to improve infrastructure at key border crossing points with neighboring countries. The TA complements these efforts by enhancing the Government's capacity to manage the transport sector effectively, facilitate transport movement with neighboring countries, maintain road assets properly, and ensure safety on the roads being rehabilitated or reconstructed.

The TA strongly supports the implementation of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Transport and Trade Facilitation Strategy 2020, which places emphasis on the completion of six strategic multimodal corridors (two of which pass through Pakistan), and the shift of emphasis toward sustainability and quality of service of these corridors, addressed inter alia through (i) better maintenance of transport assets, (ii) road safety, (iii) transport and trade facilitation, and (iv) a multimodal approach to transport corridor development. These areas are directly supported through this TA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The transport system in Pakistan is in poor condition, with an estimated cost to the economy of 8.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). As noted in the latest Sector Assessment of the Transport Sector, Pakistan continues to suffer from inadequate levels and quality of transport infrastructure in all subsectors of transport, poor condition of border crossing point infrastructure and inadequate border crossing processes, insufficient funding and practices for road maintenance, and severe road safety challenges. Infrastructure related challenges continue to be addressed by various projects and programs financed by the GoP, ADB and other development partners. This Technical Assistance (TA) is designed to strongly complement such ongoing investments, and address the institutional and policy related issues critical for the sound development of the transport sector in Pakistan. In particular, the TA addresses the need for (i) a coherent national transport policy and master plan to guide investments in the sector, (ii) effective implementation and further adoption of international agreements on cross-border transport facilitation, (iii) improvement of safety conditions for road users on Pakistan's road network, and (iv) capacity for the GoP to effectively manage existing road assets. Addressing these key binding constraints is of urgent necessity, especially given the large investment flows in transport infrastructure which are expected in the coming few years, financed both by domestic funds as well as international partners including ADB. The national transport policy and master plan will help guide these investments according to a consistent policy framework. The enhanced capacity of the GoP on transport facilitation, road safety and asset management will ensure that these investments are made more effective, safe and sustainable. These in turn will improve the competitiveness of the country's exports and internal trade, reduce the cost of doing business, and enhance Pakistan's capability to integrate into global supply chains.
Impact The impact of this technical assistance (TA) is a coordinated, efficient, safe, and sustainable transport system in Pakistan, in support of realizing Pakistan's Vision 2025 and the objectives of the Pakistan Economic Corridors Programme (Pakistan Vision 2025, 2014)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improved capacity of the Government of Pakistan to develop and manage its transport system in a coordinated, efficient, safe and sustainable manner
Progress Toward Outcome In progress.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. NTP transport policy and master plan developed

2. Multimodal transport facilitated within Pakistan and with its neighboring countries

3. National road safety program implemented

4. National road asset management system made functional

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

Following contracting of two main consultancy firms at the end of August 2016, progress on all components of the TA have been made, allowing the TA to remain largely on schedule.

On National Transport Policy, the TA has helped the government prepare a full draft, through a consultative process involving all relevant federal and provincial authorities. The Policy was duly approved by the Cabinet on 29 May 2018. The TA is now supporting steps for the proper implementation of the Policy.

On multimodal transport facilitation, a scoping study has been completed, on the basis on which training required for implementation of key transport agreements (e.g. TIR, CMR and ADR conventions) is ongoing.

On road safety, a working group for TA implementation (facilitated by Ministry of Communications, and participated by National Highway Authority, National Highways and Motorways Police and National Transport Research Centre) was launched in October 2016, and is meeting fortnightly to advance discussions on institutional and technical issues. TA activities are aligned and guided by the work of the steering committee for Government of Pakistan's National Road Safety Framework and Action Plan. An updated Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan has been prepared, and has been approved in principle by the Steering Committee in April 2018. A comprehensive awareness raising campaign is underway. Road safety data is being improved. Training on road safety audit and data collection has been completed.

On road asset management, work is now being implemented under the wider umbrella of NHA's internal reforms, including the creation of a new business plan which will place more attention to asset management. Work to improve the capacity of provincial road authorities on asset management also being articulated and initiated. A training session on performance-based contracts was delivered in March 2017.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The following government entities have been consulted on the objective, scope and implementing arrangements of the TA, including the expected roles of each organization. Results of these consultations have thoroughly been taken into account in preparing the TA:

-Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs Division as key counterpart agency on all GoP-ADB matters and for discussions surrounding financing arrangements for e.g. road maintenance.

-MPD as key counterpart agency on national transport policy and multimodal transport facilitation. It will also convene the TA steering committee, consisting of relevant ministries as outlined earlier. Furthermore, it will act as the primary liaison between the federal and provincial governments.

-MoC, as key counterpart agency on matters concerning road safety and road asset management.

-Ministry of Railways, who may provide input to the national transport policy and multimodal transport facilitation

-Ministry of Maritime Affairs, who may provide input to the national transport policy and multimodal transport facilitation.

-NHA, who may provide technical staff as counterparts to the TA team on road safety and road asset management.

-NH&MP, who may provide technical staff as counterparts to the TA team on road safety.

-NTRC, who may provide technical staff as counterparts to the TA team on national transport policy, road safety and road asset management.

The following development partners have also been consulted on the TA, to ensure that previous work conducted by the international development community is thoroughly captured as a basis of this TA, and that ADB may receive their support during the implementation of the TA:

-DFID

-Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

-United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

-World Bank Group

Furthermore, the following stakeholders from nongovernment organizations and civil society, who may provide useful support in TA implementation and outreach of its outputs, have been consulted:

-Aga Khan University

-Citizens Trust Against Crime

-National University of Sciences and Technology

During Project Implementation The GoP will provide members to a steering committee of this TA, convened by Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, and to be represented by Ministries of Communications, Finance, Railways, Maritime Affairs, Cabinet Secretariat, Industry, Commerce and Climate Change at high level. Non-governmental organizations, including research agencies, universities and private transport associations, will also be expected to take part in the implementation of the TA. Their roles may include, but not be limited to (i) providing data on transport/trade, (ii) assessment of transport user needs, and (iii) dissemination and outreach of TA outputs. Involvement of such organizations will be upon the explicit clearance by the GoP.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will require the services of two international firms to carry out activities in support of the formulation of a national transport policy and its implementation, as well as the development and implementation of a national road safety program respectively. In addition, a group of firms will be mobilized through an indefinite delivery contract (IDC) to carry out (pre)feasibility studies of specific projects that may ensue from the national transport policy. Additional sector specialists and resource persons may be recruited on an individual basis based on need.

The recruitment of consultants will be in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on The Use of Consultants by Asian Development Bank and Its Borrowers (2013, as amended from time to time.

Procurement Equipment and software for road safety and road asset management will be procured.
Responsible ADB Officer Sakamoto, Ko
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Communications
Muhammad Shoaib Dogar, Director, Road & Transport
[email protected]
Islamabad Pakistan
Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform
Malik Ahmad Khan, Member, Infrastructure and Regional Connectivity
[email protected], [email protected]
Infrastructure Wing, Islamabad, Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 17 Sep 2015
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Nov 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Sep 2018

TA 8990-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Nov 2015 16 Feb 2016 16 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 15,406,266.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 15,406,266.00 17 Nov 2015 3,583,176.64

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development - Rolling Stock and Fleet Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Nov 2018 07 Nov 2018
Highway Agency Business Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Aug 2018 08 Aug 2018
Railway Governance and Regulation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018
Railway Policy and Strategy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018
Railway Financial Modelling Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 27 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018
Transport Advisor (Policy and Project Design) Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Nov 2017 28 Nov 2017

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 8990 30 Aug 2016 Mott Macdonald Limited (United Kingdom) in Association with MM Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. (Pakistan) MOTT MACDONALD HOUSE, 8-10 SYDENHAM ROAD CROYDON CR0 2EE, UNITED KINGDOM Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform 4,717,080.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8990 26 Aug 2016 NTU International A/S (Denmark) in Association with Societe Francaise De Realisation D'Etudes et de Co (France) Ved Stranden 22 5 TV Aalborg, Denmark Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform 3,184,830.00

Procurement Plan

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