Regional : Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 51314-001

The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation and implementation support to a number of projects in SARD DMCs, as well as implement knowledge exchange and capacity building activities for a number of executing agencies and implementing agencies. The TA will also support the development and implementation of innovative features in at least four projects being implemented in 2018-2020 or proposed for approval in 2019-2020. Innovative features such as road and rail safety, engineering design, resettlement and rehabilitation, environmental issues, disaster risk management including climate change risks, gender mainstreaming, communication, asset management, and project finance, will be accomplished through knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, or South-South partnership.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Millendez-Bombay, Maria Iris D.
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia
Project Number 51314-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9549-REG: Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 9549-REG: Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia (Supplementary)
High Level Technology Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9549-REG: Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia (2nd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 450,000.00
TA 9549-REG: Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 966,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Transport policies and institutional development

Gender Some gender elements
Description The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide project preparation and implementation support to a number of projects in SARD DMCs, as well as implement knowledge exchange and capacity building activities for a number of executing agencies and implementing agencies. The TA will also support the development and implementation of innovative features in at least four projects being implemented in 2018-2020 or proposed for approval in 2019-2020. Innovative features such as road and rail safety, engineering design, resettlement and rehabilitation, environmental issues, disaster risk management including climate change risks, gender mainstreaming, communication, asset management, and project finance, will be accomplished through knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, or South-South partnership.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Common issues and challenges within and among the SARD DMCs bring tremendous opportunities for regional cooperation, collaborative learning and South-South collaboration. Under the standard framework of investment projects and TAs where resource packaging is largely project-focused and country-focused, it is difficult to exchange knowledge and expertise on regional and global best practices which is often more efficient and more likely to bring successful results. There are limited avenues for government officials to collaborate with NGOs, think tanks or the private sector within and outside South Asia on topics such as road and rail safety, engineering design, resettlement and rehabilitation, environment management, climate resilience, gender mainstreaming, asset management, and project finance. Hence, this proposed TA facility will enhance the capacity of government agencies in South Asia to design and implement innovative features in transport projects that are scheduled for approval in 2019-2022 or are under implementation in 2018-2022.
Impact

Improved regional cooperation on innovative ideas and knowledge exchange amongst SARD countries in the transport sector

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improved capacity of government agencies and ADB for implementing innovative ideas (including knowledge exchange) in transport projects in SARD

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Innovative features developed and implemented in Transport Projects

Knowledge Exchange and Collaborative Activities Implemented

Knowledge products prepared

Capacity building support provided to Transport Executing Agencies

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Out of the 37 individual consultants engaged in areas of transport: road and/or rail safety, engineering design, resettlement and rehabilitation, environmental issues, disaster risk management including climate change risks, gender mainstreaming, communication, procurement, asset management and project finance, 16 contracts are currently active. The consulting firm engaged for the pilot testing of sensor system for prevention of elephant-train collisions in Bangladesh project has commenced their travel to the project site and equipment will be shipped to Bangladesh to commence the activities.

A knowledge product has been published as part of the South Asia working paper series in December 2019. The video for the "Heritage Conservation under Jaipur Metro Rail Project" has been published while the coffee table is being finalized. The consulting firm's final report will be the draft publication for the "The world's first sensor system to prevent elephant-train collision." Other knowledge products supported by the TA under process.

Procurement Equipment such as optical cameras, thermal camera, seismic sensors and acoustic sensors have been procured for detecting elephant presence near railway tracks. These will be shipped to the project site in Bangladesh and will be turned over to ADB (BRM) or the Implementing Agency at the end of the Project.
Responsible ADB Officer Millendez-Bombay, Maria Iris D.
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Jul 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2022

TA 9549-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Jul 2018 - 17 Jul 2018 31 Dec 2020 15 Jul 2023 02 Jan 2024
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,916,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,416,000.00 14 Feb 2024 3,143,913.09

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Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Exchange for Transport Projects in South Asia: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2018

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Climate Resilience Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Road Safety Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Poverty Reduction Specialist (Social Development) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development and Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Biodiversity Expert (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist (international) Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed
Heritage Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Expert (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management (and Sustainability) Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Engineer (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Cost Estimator/Quantity Surveyor Individual - Consulting Closed
Biodiversity Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Economist (PCR) Individual - Consulting Closed
Pilot Testing of Sensor System for Prevention of Elephant-Train Collisions (BAN: Chittagong-Cox's Bazaar Rail Project) Firm - Consulting Closed
Transport Economist (PCR) Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
International WildlifeExpert Individual - Consulting Closed
Transport Economist (Roads) (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist (Airport Engineering) Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development Specialist (Safeguards) Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist (International) Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Environmental Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9549 18 Aug 2020 BERNARD Gruppe ZT GmbH(AUSTRIA) in association with Actes Bernard GmbH() | Bahnhofstrasse 19 Hall in Tyrol, Austria Asian Development Bank 772,083.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.