The Asian Development Bank is providing loan finance for the construction of up to 29,000 affordable housing units in nine regions across the country. The funds will support part of the Government of Uzbekistan's ongoing affordable rural housing program. The program aims to improve peoples' quality of life, with housing investments expected to generate thousands of new jobs.
|Project Name||Affordable Rural Housing Program|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Finance / Housing finance
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
The proposed ARHP will support a portion of the Government of Uzbekistan's State Affordable Rural Housing Program (SARHP), which aims to improve the quality of life in rural
areas of Uzbekistan through rural housing construction, employment generation, and private sector development. The ARHP will focus on rural housing financing and on leveraging
institutional improvements in the associated sectors. 3 Under the ARHP, three state-owned banks will provide loans to construct at least 29,000 dwelling units in nine regions of the country. The construction will be undertaken by private contractors and supervised by (i) a state-owned engineering company, Qishloq Qurilish Invest (QQI), (ii) the State Design Institute, Qishloq Qurilish Loyiha, and (iii) the State Committee for Architecture and Construction.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Despite high economic growth in recent years and reduced aggregate poverty levels, the disparity between rural and urban poverty continues to widen. The agricultural sector's
share of gross domestic product continues to decline, which is reflected in the share of the workforce employed in the sector. The situation is exacerbated by an increasing rural labor
force from new entrants and returning labor migrants from the Russian Federation. Rural housing conditions are generally of a lower quality compared to urban accommodation. Rural
housing is on average smaller, older, and has more occupants due to multi-family arrangements in a single location. In 2014, only 50% of rural housing had direct access to potable water, 9% had sanitary human waste disposal, 26% had modern heating, and 72% had access to natural gas. SARHP addresses these development problems in three broad ways:
(i) Inclusive growth and rural job creation centered on agglomeration economies. The earlier rural housing clusters, built with Asian Development Bank support, have grown into thriving communities with local industries and small and medium-sized enterprises. Expanding mortgage lending and other financial products into rural areas has benefitted financial sector growth and small entrepreneurs, including women. Other benefits include significant employment generation and a strengthened construction industry.
(ii) Affordability. This is addressed by: (a) introducing smaller and lower-cost designs for dwelling units, including duplexes and apartments; (b) applying the
ARHP beneficiary selection criteria; (c) allowing co-borrowers, based on the Uzbek tradition of financial burden sharing by extended families; and (d) benefit transfers, whereby the government provides land at no cost, bears the cost of associated infrastructure, and provides income tax exemption for loan repayment. These measures make the dwelling units affordable for vulnerable low-income and single-parent families. (iii) Improved rural well-being. The SARHP improves access to improved water and sanitation, provides modern cooking and heating facilities, lowers the health risks faced by rural households, and brings other social benefits, helping to retain social sector professionals in rural areas.
|Impact||Quality of life in rural areas of Uzbekistan is improved by providing affordable housing|
|Description of Outcome||Increased number of rural families meeting the social equity criteria benefit from affordable housing constructed in accordance with national quality standards.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Beneficiary selection, site selection, and housing construction are in accordance with social equity criteria and national quality standards.
Improved policies and systems for the rural housing sector.
Strengthened program management and performance monitoring
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Total disbursement is $100 million as of 30 June 2018 ($20 million as advance; $80 million for achieving two prior action DLIs and 2017 DLIs 4, 6 and 8; DLI 2 specific for 2017).
In Q2 several operational level meetings with held with EA and IAs and other agencies related to (i) procurement related issues (centralized procurement by QQI, etc.), (ii) climate change risk assessments (DLI 4) and (iii) overall implementation issues.
During the Inception Mission from 25 September to 11 October 2017 training for beneficiary selection, procurement, and climate change risk assessments was conducted all over the country through regional workshops.
In Q1 2018, a national safeguards specialist (consultant) was hired under TRTA 9322 to assist IAs in preparation of safeguards reports and conduction of capacity building training sessions, which conducted in Q2 and also scheduled for Q3 2018.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The proposed ARHP is the first results based loan in Uzbekistan. It has been discussed extensively with the government agencies, with the participating banks, and with potential beneficiaries.|
|During Project Implementation||
From July 2017 to February 2018, a number of monitoring meetings were held with Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy (EA), and representatives of IAs to discuss program progress. The program progress was also discussed during the 2018 CPRM, which undertaken from 26 January 2018 to 2 March 2018. Timely submission of required documents was reiterated to avoid delays in disbursement against achievements. Achievement of non-disbursement linked indicators was also emphasized. A special focus was on reforms and improvements in QQI (DLI 6). Capacity building needs were also discussed.
On 19 Sept. 2017, a review meeting chaired by Mr. Batir Khodjaev, Minister of Finance, where progress towards achieving DLIs in 2017 was discussed. The minister updated ADB on rapid progress in procurement reforms and the likely enactment of the national procurement law. It was also indicated that reforms in the QQI were progressing as planned. ADB team informed the minister on the latest status of program implementation and the emphasized the need to keep the achievement targets on track.
Loan Inception Mission was fielded from 25 Sep to 11 Oct 2017 and held detailed discussions with the government and reviewed all DLIs and non-DLIs under the program.
A meeting with Ministry of construction was held in May 2018 to discuss the recent abolition of contractor registrations and to understand what is going to be proposed as alternative, since this particular aspect is related to DLI 7 for 2019. It was agreed that a further discussion with EA, MOC and other related government agencies to find a possible solution for this matter.
|Consulting Services||A total of 16 experts, 5 international and 11 national, were hired under the PPTA. Majority of the consultants assignment are closed and only 3 remain active to help in finalizing the revised expanded scope of the TA.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sumbal, Asadullah Khan|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Uzbekistan Resident Mission|
Ministry of Economy
Uzbekistan Avenue, 45A Tashkent, 100060, Republic of Uzbekistan Ministry of Finance
5 Mustaqiliik Square
Republic of Uzbekistan
|Concept Clearance||29 Apr 2016|
|Fact Finding||01 Aug 2016 to 12 Aug 2016|
|MRM||16 Sep 2016|
|Approval||01 Jun 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||25 Jul 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|01 Jun 2017||06 Jul 2017||18 Jul 2017||30 Jun 2022||-||-|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||1,063.60||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||500.00||01 Jun 2017||100.00||0.00||20%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||01 Jun 2017||100.00||0.00||20%|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|01 Jun 2017||23 Jun 2017||23 Jun 2017||31 Mar 2022||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,500,000.00||0.00||50,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,550,000.00||01 Jun 2017||92,621.31|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Loan Agreement for Loan 3535-UZB: Affordable Rural Housing Program (Results-Based Lending)||Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources)||Jul 2017|
|Affordable Rural Housing Program: Report and Recommendation of the President||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Apr 2017|
|Программа доступного жилья в сельской местности : Информация о проекте||Translated PDS||Jun 2016|
|Affordable Rural Housing Program: Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Report||Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Reports||Apr 2016|
|Affordable Rural Housing Program: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Initial Poverty and Social Analysis||Apr 2016|
Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Affordable Rural Housing Program: Annual Environmental Monitoring Report (April 2018)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Apr 2018|
|Affordable Rural Housing Program: Program Safeguard Systems Assessment||Program Safeguard Systems Assessments||Sep 2016|
Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
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ADB to Provide $500 Million for Rural Housing in UzbekistanADB has approved a results-based loan of $500 million to support the construction of up to 29,000 new affordable housing units in nine regions across Uzbekistan as part of the State Affordable Rural Housing Program.
|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Audit of MMU Project Accounts for FY 2017||Firm - Consulting||Closed||19 Apr 2018||19 May 2018|
|Consulting firm for DLI verification||Firm - Consulting||Closed||23 Jan 2018||01 Mar 2018|
|Environment Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||16 Nov 2017||22 Nov 2017|
|National Procurement Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||29 Sep 2017||05 Oct 2017|
|International Procurement Specialist-Capacity Building||Individual - Consulting||Closed||30 Aug 2017||05 Sep 2017|
|International Financial Management Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||26 Aug 2017||01 Sep 2017|
|International Procurement Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Aug 2017||31 Aug 2017|
|National Social Development Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Aug 2017||31 Aug 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI2 FOR 2017||Loan 3535||24 May 2018||MINISTRY OF FINANCE||TASHKENT, UZB UZBEKISTAN, REP. OF||Ministry of Economy||OTHERS||10,000,000.00||10,000,000.00|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 6||Loan 3535||12 Dec 2017||MINISTRY OF FINANCE||TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN, REP. OF||Ministry of Economy||OTHERS||20,000,000.00||20,000,000.00|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 7||Loan 3535||12 Dec 2017||MINISTRY OF FINANCE||TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN, REP. OF||Ministry of Economy||OTHERS||10,000,000.00||10,000,000.00|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI4||Loan 3535||12 Dec 2017||MINISTRY OF FINANCE||TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN UZBEKISTAN, REP. OF||Ministry of Economy||OTHERS||5,000,000.00||5,000,000.00|
|FULFILLMENT OF 2017 FPR UNDER DLI 8 FOR $15 MILLION||Loan 3535||29 Aug 2017||MAS CHEMICALS||COLOMBO SRI LANKA||Ministry of Provincial Councils & Local Government||OTHERS||15,000,000.00||15,000,000.00|
|REIMBURSEMENT FOR FULFILLMENT OF 2017 FPR UNDER DLI7 FOR $20 MILLION||Loan 3535||29 Aug 2017||R.T.C.||48/1 MOTIJHEEL, DHAKA BANGLADESH||Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority||OTHERS||20,000,000.00||20,000,000.00|
|REQUEST FOR ADVANCE AGAINST DLI 7 UNDER MOF||Loan 3535||17 Aug 2017||APPLICATION AND DEVELOPMENT ELECTRONICS||NO. 2/11 VUONG THUA VU STREET, KHUONG MAI WARD, THANH XUAN DISTRICT, HANOI VIET NAM,SOC REP OF||Hanoi Power Corporation||OTHERS||19,800,000.00||19,800,000.00|
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