The project aims to improve the efficiency of Uzbekistan's railway operations, combining investments where it faces operational bottlenecks (e.g. electric locomotives), and strategic support to improve business practices.
|Project Name||Railway Efficiency Improvement Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The project aims to improve the efficiency of Uzbekistan's railway operations, combining investments where it faces operational bottlenecks (e.g. electric locomotives), and strategic support to improve business practices.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Surrounded by Afghanistan to the south, Kazakhstan to the north and northwest, the Kyrgyz Republic to the northeast, Turkmenistan to the southwest, and Tajikistan to the southeast, Uzbekistan serves three of six Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridors. With 31 million people, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia. Being a double landlocked country requiring crossing at least two countries to reach seaports, transport plays an important role in sustaining its socioeconomic development.
Rail transport has a unique competitive advantage over road transport for moving commodities and goods in bulk over long distances. The 4,669 km Uzbekistan rail network carries about 60 million tons of freight and 15 million passengers annually. Since 2004, Uzbekistan's gross domestic product has grown by more than 7% per year. This has contributed to strong demand for rail transport. Improvements in relationships between Uzbekistan and its immediate neighbors will further add to such demand.
Uzbekistan has continued to modernize its railway infrastructure. Since its founding in 1994, O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari (UTY), the vertically integrated public railway company, has gradually implemented a holistic railway modernization program, including the completion of a unified rail network, electrification and modernization of existing lines, and improvement of rolling stock. The government accorded particular importance to electrification, with 2,446 km or 52% of the network now electrified.
Despite these efforts, the railways still face long transport times, inadequate service quality, and high operating costs, because of aged or inadequate infrastructure, operational inefficiencies, competition from road transport, and an insufficient number of locomotives. This results in lost economic opportunities, suboptimal regional trade, and negative environmental impacts.
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|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The public railway company Ozbekiston Temir Yollari (UTY) will be the main stakeholder as the executing agency. The State Committee on Investments, The Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, National Agency for Project Management, Ministry of Foreign Trade, State Committee of Land Resources, Geodesy, Cartography and State Cadastre and other authorities of the Government of Uzbekistan will support the design and implementation of the project. Local khokimiyats/authorities, and the local population living in the areas to be affected by the electrified trains have been consulted through meetings and briefings, during the project design. Consultations with local communities have included (i) opportunities to maximize the impact of new electric train services, (ii) railway safety, and (iii) temporary and permanent employment opportunities that may benefit communities through the project|
|During Project Implementation||Consultations with aforementioned stakeholders will continue during the project implementation, especially to maximize opportunities to improve the impact of new electric train services.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Sakamoto, Ko|
|Responsible ADB Department||Central and West Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Transport and Communications Division, CWRD|
|Approval||07 Aug 2017|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||19 Sep 2018|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|07 Aug 2017||29 Aug 2017||29 Aug 2017||31 Jul 2019||31 Jul 2022||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|1,000,000.00||0.00||100,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,100,000.00||07 Aug 2017||379,665.92|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Railway Efficiency Improvement Project: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Jul 2017|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|National Railway Institutional Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||07 Oct 2017||13 Oct 2017|
|National Social Development Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2017||08 Sep 2017|
|International Transport Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2017||08 Sep 2017|
|International Railway Engineer (locomotives)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2017||08 Sep 2017|
|International Financial Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2017||08 Sep 2017|
|International Procurement and Contract Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||02 Sep 2017||08 Sep 2017|
|International Resettlement Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Aug 2017||06 Sep 2017|
|International Environment Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Aug 2017||06 Sep 2017|
|National Resettlement Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Aug 2017||06 Sep 2017|
|National Environment Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||31 Aug 2017||06 Sep 2017|
|National Railway Engineer (Locomotives)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||23 Aug 2017||29 Aug 2017|
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