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Afghanistan: Support to the Advisory Group on Railway Sector Development

Sovereign (Public) Project | 51391-002 Status: Active

The TA will have the following outcome: Roadmap for development of Afghanistan's railway subsector updated. The SSTA will deliver three outputs, namely (i) meetings of the Advisory Group completed, (ii) project concepts prepared and prioritized, and (iii) institutional transition plan completed. These outputs will all contribute to a clearer consensus between the government and development partners on the roadmap for the further development of Afghanistan's railway subsector. The new roadmap will be developed by the Advisory Group and in turn guide its work post 2020.

Project Details

Project Officer
Ko Sakamoto Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Afghanistan
Sector
  • Transport
 
Project Name Support to the Advisory Group on Railway Sector Development
Project Number 51391-002
Country Afghanistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9623-AFG: Support to the Advisory Group on Railway Sector Development
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The TA will have the following outcome: Roadmap for development of Afghanistan's railway subsector updated. The SSTA will deliver three outputs, namely (i) meetings of the Advisory Group completed, (ii) project concepts prepared and prioritized, and (iii) institutional transition plan completed. These outputs will all contribute to a clearer consensus between the government and development partners on the roadmap for the further development of Afghanistan's railway subsector. The new roadmap will be developed by the Advisory Group and in turn guide its work post 2020.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Afghanistan is embarking on an ambitious program to develop a comprehensive railway network, in support of domestic and regional connectivity. The Afghanistan National Railway Plan (ANRP), prepared by the government with the support of the United States in 2013, envisions the construction of about 5,000km of railway track, 8 dry ports and 4 multimodal hubs. Railway sector development in Afghanistan is led by the Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA), which was set up in 2012 under the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) with the objective to the development and management of railways in Afghanistan. In 2017, ARA became an autonomous government agency with an independent budget.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been a primary development partner for Afghanistan in railway sector development. In 2009, ADB approved a TA to conduct a study on railway development in Afghanistan. This lead to the approval and implementation of a landmark project for the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif to Hairatan railway line, which became operational in 2011. Furthermore, ADB extended support through Tranches 1 and 4 of the Multitranche Financing Facility (MFF) for Transport Network Development Investment Program (TNDIP), the former to undertake prefeasibility studies for railway lines in the northern part of Afghanistan, and the latter with the generous financial support of the European Union to provide capacity building to ARA for it to become fully functioning.

As part of the ANRP, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) wishes to expedite the construction of the Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat railway line (the MHR), which would connect with the existing Mazar-i-Shari to Hairatan railway line, and the Herat to Senghan line being constructed in phases, to form a continuous transit route between Central Asia and the Middle East/South Asia through Afghanistan. The line would also form part of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan (TAT) railway line, and the Five-Nations Railway Corridor being planned among the People's Republic of China, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Iran.

The government has reached out to a number of development partners seeking their support to the MHR. High-level discussions and agreements have been undertaken between the Governments of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. The realization of this ambitious MHR project requires further extensive coordination and preparation.

Impact

National trade in and through northwestern Afghanistan increased

Expanded national railway developed and operated to support achievement of Afghanistan's strategic priorities

Rail transport will be a mode of choice for trade: quick, efficient, accessible for customers, and easy to use throughout the region

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Roadmap for development of Afghanistan's railway subsector updated
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Meetings of the Advisory Group completed

Project concepts prepared and prioritized

Institutional transition plan completed

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location 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
Responsible ADB Officer Ko Sakamoto
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Afghanistan Railway Authority
House #138 Street#6 Taimany Watt
Kabul, Afghanistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 26 Oct 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Oct 2018

TA 9623-AFG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 30 Apr 2020 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 26 Oct 2018 13,481.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Railway Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Jul 2019 31 Jul 2019
Railway Institutional Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 24 Jul 2019 31 Jul 2019
Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2019 17 May 2019
Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Nov 2018 16 Nov 2018

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