50211-001: Dili to Baucau Highway Project | Asian Development Bank

Timor-Leste: Dili to Baucau Highway Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50211-001 Status: Active

Project Details

Project Officer
Ishenaliev, Rustam I. Pacific Department Request for information
  • Timor-Leste
  • Loan
  • Transport
Project Name Dili to Baucau Highway Project
Project Number 50211-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3456-TIM: Dili to Baucau Highway Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 49.65 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Increased and more efficient movement of people and goods.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome More reliable and safer road network
Progress Toward Outcome Construction in progress
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

105 km of national road between Dili and Baucau upgraded and climate-proofed

Performance-based road maintenance expanded

Awareness of road safety and transport-related social issues generated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Construction in progress
Geographical Location Nation-wide, Baucau, Dili, Manatuto
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects

The project is categorized as B for environment. Following the process and procedures already established by the PMU, JICA-financed consultants completed an environmental assessment, including an environmental management plan (EMP), for the Dili to Baucau section of the national road. ADB reviewed the environmental assessment (including the EMP) to confirm that it complies with Timor-Leste's country safeguard system for environment and the requirements of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement. The assessment confirms that the environmental effects of the project will be similar in scale and impact to those of completed and ongoing road projects. The potential impacts will be site-specific and readily mitigated through measures identified in the EMP. Few, if any, of the impacts will be irreversible. Capacity building of the PMU's environmental safeguards staff will be ongoing through extension of the contracts of the international specialists providing mentoring and on-the-job training. Additional resources will be provided through specialists assigned to the design and

supervision consultants' teams to help support the PMU effectively implement this project. For environment safeguards, next steps will include (i) providing induction training to the successful contractor for preparation, and subsequent implementation, of the site-specific EMP; and (ii)

monitoring the contractor's compliance with the site-specific EMP approved by the PMU, and preparing and submitting semiannual safeguards monitoring reports by the PMU.

Involuntary Resettlement

The project is categorized as B for involuntary resettlement. Road upgrading and rehabilitation will be conducted within the existing road corridor, with widening requiring small strips of land beyond the government-reserved area. As much as possible, construction limits are set within the existing alignment to minimize land acquisition impacts. The ADB funded Manatuto to Baucau section is considered the most sensitive, with 137 affected persons experiencing major impacts from losing residential houses and/or permanent commercial kiosks, which constitute more than 10% of each affected person's income-earning assets. The JICA-financed Dili to Manatuto section will have 133 affected persons experiencing the same impacts. Two separate resettlement plans (one for the Dili to Manatuto section and one for the

Manatuto to Baucau section) have been prepared jointly by JICA-financed project design consultants and the PMU and started implementation in July 2016. A social compliance audit has been undertaken to assess the project's compliance with the Safeguard Policy Statement

and to recommend corrective actions to bring it into compliance prior to ADB financing of civil works. ADB and JICA will administer their respective road sections with joint supervision and monitoring of safeguards activities through the PMU, which will work closely with the safeguards team under the construction supervision consultant. Key stakeholders and affected persons have been consulted during the resettlement plan preparation and disclosure, and will be further consulted during implementation. The social compliance audit report will be disclosed on the ADB website and to affected persons and other relevant stakeholders. Capacity building of the PMU's national social safeguard staff will be provided by maintaining and extending the contracts of international specialists in the PMU.

Indigenous Peoples

The project is categorized as C for indigenous peoples. The project is not expected to impact any distinct and vulnerable groups as defined by

the Safeguard Policy Statement and therefore does not require an indigenous peoples plan. The project will support and promote the participation of local communities, and it will work to provide them with culturally appropriate benefits.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design

The main stakeholders include the government, landowners, road users, transport owners and operators and civil society and non-government organizations. The beneficiaries will participate in consultation sessions during the design of project activities and subsequent phases of project preparation and implementation. The stakeholders will also participate in social and poverty analysis, impact assessments and preparation of mitigation plans, as needed and during project implementation.

The project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) will undertake a stakeholder analysis and prepare a consultation and participation plan. The plan will set out consultation requirements and information disclosure throughout various stages of project implementation.

Public meetings and focus group discussions will be utilized to communicate and consult with stakeholders including collaboration with community-based organizations to ensure effective outreach, mobilization and participation of concerned communities and vulnerable groups.

Nongovernment organizations and civil society organizations will be consulted during the project design and have an active role in project preparation and implementation through the provision of specific services and/or involvement during monitoring and evaluation processes.

Local communities will be consulted during social and poverty analysis to identify any social impacts which need to

be mitigated. These consultations will be inclusive participated by women and other marginalized groups.

During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Individual consultants may be recruited under the project as stated in the project administration manual.
Procurement No works contract will be procured for this project.
Responsible ADB Officer Ishenaliev, Rustam I.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport, Energy and Natural Resources Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (also Conselho Administrativo do Fundo Infraestrutura)
Palacio do Governo,Ministry of Finance
Edificio 5, 1 Andar Dili, Timor-Leste
Concept Clearance 14 Jul 2016
Fact Finding 14 Jul 2016 to 14 Jul 2016
MRM 18 Aug 2016
Approval 11 Nov 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Mar 2018

Loan 3456-TIM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Nov 2016 22 Dec 2016 02 May 2017 30 Nov 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 76.84 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 49.65 11 Nov 2016 44.48 0.00 90%
Counterpart 27.19 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 11 Nov 2016 7.15 0.00 14%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - -

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

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No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Upgrading of Manatuto-Baucau Road Loan 3456 30 Jun 2017 Shanghai Construction Group Co Ltd-Pt.Brantas No. 681 Xiaomuqiao Road, Shanghai 20032, China, People's Rep. of Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund Construction 59287454 44478445

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Dili to Baucau Highway Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2016