Uzbekistan : Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects

Sovereign Project | 52317-001

On 28 January 2019, ADB approved the TA in the amount of $3 million financed on a grant basis by ADB's TASF-other sources. The TA became effective on 22 February 2019 with original completion date of 31 December 2023. The TA will support project preparation and contribute to developing quality-at-entry urban projects suitable for ADB financing (outcome). The TA outputs include: (i) technical feasibility assessments and preliminary designs; (ii) due diligence (safeguards, financial, economic, climate change, gender, and sustainability); (iii) investment and procurement plans; and (iv) institutional capacity development.

On 31 October 2019, ADB approved the first top up of TA for $1 million, financed on a grant basis by PRC Fund, to increase the original TA amount from $3 million to $4 million.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Petrone, Massimo
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
Project Name
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects
Project Number
52317-001
Country / Economy
  • Uzbekistan
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9715-UZB: Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 3.00 million
TA 9715-UZB: Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects(Supplementary)
Source Amount
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 9715-UZB: Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Spanish Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance US$ 400,000.00
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 9715-UZB: Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects
Source Amount
People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund US$ 1.00 million
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 750,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
Sector / Subsector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development - Urban sanitation - Urban sewerage - Urban solid waste management - Urban water supply

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

On 28 January 2019, ADB approved the TA in the amount of $3 million financed on a grant basis by ADB's TASF-other sources. The TA became effective on 22 February 2019 with original completion date of 31 December 2023. The TA will support project preparation and contribute to developing quality-at-entry urban projects suitable for ADB financing (outcome). The TA outputs include: (i) technical feasibility assessments and preliminary designs; (ii) due diligence (safeguards, financial, economic, climate change, gender, and sustainability); (iii) investment and procurement plans; and (iv) institutional capacity development.

On 31 October 2019, ADB approved the first top up of TA for $1 million, financed on a grant basis by PRC Fund, to increase the original TA amount from $3 million to $4 million.

On 23 September 2021, ADB approved the second top up of the TA amount by $2.4 million, financed by $1 million from TASF-other resources, $1 million from TASF-7, and $0.4 million from Spanish Cooperation Fund for Technical Assistance (TAGF-SPA). The top up supported preparation of three additional ensuing projects namely: (i) Second Integrated Urban Development Project (IUDP 2) ($100 million, 2025 firm); (ii) Ferghana Water Supply and Sanitation Project (FWSSP) ($100 million, 2024 firm) or Namangan Sustainable Wastewater Project (NSWP) (2025 firm); and (iii) Sustainable Solid Waste Management Project Phase 2 (SSWMP 2) ($150 million, 2025 standby).

On 9 September 2022, ADB approved the increase in TA amount by (i) $1 million from People's Republic of China Poverty Reduction and Regional Cooperation Fund (PRC Fund), and (ii) $0.75 million from Republic of Korea's e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund (EAKPF). The cumulative TA amount currently total $8.15 million to support preparation of seven ensuing projects.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has had a fruitful partnership with Uzbekistan on urban development for two decades, particularly in the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector, a relationship which is deepening and expanding in scope, both on project finance and sector reform. Achievements have been accomplished in utility management, water quality management, and financial sustainability. Extensive experience has been gained in effective project design and implementation. ADB's assistance has been closely aligned with the government's evolving development priorities, to improve living conditions, create a sustainable environment, and strengthen economic competitiveness. To date, more than 5 million residents (more than 15% of the population) are benefitting from the assistance. Since 1997, ADB has provided loan financing of more than $700.0 million for eleven investment projects in the sector, and grant funding of $2.5 million for sector enhancement.

Significant development challenges remain. Despite strong economic growth, which is particularly attributable to urban areas, the country suffers from persistent WSS service limitations in both urban and rural areas. The nation's Soviet-era centralized wastewater systems are dilapidated and as a result, vast quantities of untreated wastewater are discharged into rivers, surface impoundments, and groundwater resources. Surface water pollutants often far exceeds maximum allowable concentrations. Networks and treatment facilities need immediate rehabilitation. These deficiencies have resulted in WSS service inequalities, environmental deterioration, and public health threats, in turn causing constrained economic growth. Traditional separation of gender roles where women are primarily responsible for domestic chores results in women's poverty, and the lack of reliable WSS service increases this burden. Urban areas already face the challenges of having aging public infrastructure, unreliable public services, and limited financial resources now face additional stress due to rapid population growth.

Programmatic approach for urban development. Following ADB's earlier support in the WSS sector, the government has emphasized the need for ADB support through a strategic and coordinated sequence of projects, that would create synergy between investments and technical assistance, strengthening the impact of the proposed assistance. The approach will focus on priority interventions that will target the key WSS and urban development issues. It will contain innovative features, including high technology applications, and advancing the readiness for public-private partnership arrangements. This approach will ensure that ADB's investments will play a catalytic role in the government's broader urban development program.

Ensuing Projects. The support is broadly based. It includes project loans and TA to (i) improve the urban services and environment; (ii) to make cities in Uzbekistan more liveable with better public service; and (iii) to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth through integrated approach and strengthened urban rural linkages, rehabilitated and upgraded infrastructure and strengthened institutional and management capacity.

The transaction TA facility will help to prepare these interrelated projects and TA. It will ensure a consistent approach to urban development, address cross-sectoral themes, develop local capacity for improved project implementation, enhance project readiness, and strengthen overall coordination and cooperation for the country's sustainable urban development. The design of the transaction TA facility follows ADB;s sector and thematic operational plans, namely the Water Operational Plan 2011-2020, Urban Operational Plan 2012-2020, and the Environmental Operational Directions 2013-2020 and will contribute to key operation priorities such as livable cities, governance and institutional capacity improvement, and environmental sustainability enhancement under Strategy 2030.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide, Tashkent, Tashkent

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Stakeholder consultations were carried out as part of the due diligence for each of the ensuing loans supported by the FTRTA.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services

International and national consultants will be engaged to complete all TA projects. The consultant's terms of reference and cost estimates will be finalized in consultation with the government.

The consulting firm and individual consultants will be recruited based on the requirements of each TA project. The consulting firm will be engaged in accordance with the quality- and cost-based selection method, with a quality-cost ratio of 90:10 using full, simplified, or bio-data technical proposal. Individual consultants, will be selected using the individual consultant's selection method to provide specialized technical and administrative inputs to fulfil ADB due diligence requirements and enhance project readiness. The recruitment of all consultants will be carried out in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Lump-sum or output-based contracts will be considered for consulting services, consistent with ADB's Strategy 2030, to reduce administrative burden and improve the economy, efficiency, and value for money. The consultants will procure any goods and equipment purchased under the TA and will turn them over to the executing agency at or before the completion of the TA.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Petrone, Massimo
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Water and Urban Development Sector Office (SG-WUD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry for Investment and Foreign Trade (MIFT)
Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection, and Climate Change of the Republic of Uzbekistan (formerly State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection)
Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction
Ministry of Housing and Communal Services of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
28 Jan 2019
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
26 Mar 2024

Funding

TA 9715-UZB

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
28 Jan 2019 22 Feb 2019 22 Feb 2019 31 Dec 2023 31 Dec 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
5,000,000.00 3,150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,150,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
26 Mar 2024 3,990,611.87

Project Data Sheets (PDS) contain summary information on the project or program. Because the PDS is a work in progress, some information may not be included in its initial version but will be added as it becomes available. Information about proposed projects is tentative and indicative.

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The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Title Document Type Document Date
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Jan 2019

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.

None currently available.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Harnessing Uzbekistan's Potential of Urbanization: National Urban Assessment Country Planning Documents Sep 2021

The Access to Information Policy (AIP) establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced in its operations to facilitate stakeholder participation in ADB's decision-making. For more information, refer to the Safeguard Policy Statement, Operations Manual F1, and Operations Manual L3.

Requests for information may also be directed to the InfoUnit.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Services Project) - Senior Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Services Project) - Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water Services Project) - Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Coordinator and Treatment Process Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water Services Project) - Institutional Development Specialist/ Sector Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water Services Project) - Team Leader/ Water Supply and Sanitation Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
TA-9715 UZB: Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects (UZB Climate-Resilient Water Services Project) - Deputy Team Leader/ Water Supply and Sanitation Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
TRTA Consulting Firm Firm - Consulting Closed
Technical Advisor for Institutional Development Services Individual - Consulting Closed
City and Regional Strategic Development Planning Consultants Firm - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Urban Development and Improvement Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing a National Urban Assessment in Uzbekistan Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project - Social Development and Gender Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project- Procurement Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-Financial Management Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-Environmental Safeguard Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-Environmental Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -Tourism Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -Social Safeguard Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -National Institutional Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project -International Urban Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Integrated Urban Development Project-International Municipal Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Urban Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Water Supply and Sanitation Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Engineer 1 Individual - Consulting Closed
Hydraulic Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial / Economic Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Civil Engineer 2 Individual - Consulting Closed
International Wastewater Engineer / Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Hydraulic Modelling Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Resettlement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Safeguard (Resettlement) Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Solid Waste Management Improvement Project Firm - Consulting Closed
Social Development & Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Institutional Capacity Building for Tashkent Province Sewerage System Development Project Firm - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PPTA Technical Assistance 9715 26 Aug 2021 Korea Water Resources Corporation | Sintankin-ro 200 Daejeon-si 306-711 Korea, Republic of Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade 265,000.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9715 12 Oct 2020 GLOBALWORKS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION,USA(UNITED STATES) | 9245 Laguna Springs Drive,Suite 200,Elk 95758,USA/2775 Allyson Court Westlake Vi 1362 USA/HKG:8 CONNAUGHT PLACE,SQUARE,CE Ministry of Housing and Communal Services 768,370.00
Project Preparatory Technical Assistance 9715 12 Jul 2019 hydrophil GmbH (AUSTRIA) in association with InfraTech Consulting SDN (UZBEKISTAN) | Mariahilfer Strasse 84 M/31 Vienna 1070 Ministry of Housing and Communal Services 154,996.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.