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Tajikistan: Tourism Development Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53242-001 Status: Approved

Tajikistan is recognized as a potential tourism hotspot because of its mountainous topography, natural assets, culture, and history as an important link along the old Silk Road. However, this potential remains largely untapped for various reasons, including poor connectivity, inadequate infrastructure, the absence of a comprehensive tourism ecosystem to ensure quality service delivery, weak institutional and regulatory capacity, and a poor business environment.

Project Details

Project Officer
Raza Mahmood Farrukh Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Tajikistan
Sector
  • Water and other urban infrastructure and services
 
Project Name Tourism Development Project
Project Number 53242-001
Country Tajikistan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 6022-TAJ: Tourism Development Project
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 10.00 million
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

Industry and trade / Trade and services

Transport / Multimodal logistics

Water and other urban infrastructure and services / Other urban services - Renovation and protection of cultural heritage

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

Tajikistan is recognized as a potential tourism hotspot because of its mountainous topography, natural assets, culture, and history as an important link along the old Silk Road. However, this potential remains largely untapped for various reasons, including poor connectivity, inadequate infrastructure, the absence of a comprehensive tourism ecosystem to ensure quality service delivery, weak institutional and regulatory capacity, and a poor business environment.

The government has adopted modest measures to promote tourism, including the introduction of an e-visa system and the provision of tax exemptions for investments in tourism-related facilities such as small hotels and motels, hunting and fishing facilities, and mountaineering infrastructure. However, it has yet to formulate a tourism satellite account (TSA), which is a strategic prerequisite for developing and monitoring the tourism industry in the country and Asian Development Bank (ADB) support is needed to move the government's development efforts to the next level.

The project aims to develop first tourism satellite account (TSA), which is a strategic prerequisite for developing and monitoring the tourism industry in the country that provides data on, for instance, tourism's share of GDP, national employment, and foreign direct investment; the relationship of tourism to net foreign exchange flows; or revenues and expenditures broken down by tourism category.

The project will identify priority investments and policy actions to promote the targeted tourism categories and regions. An investment pipeline comprising at least two stand-alone and two multi-sector projects will be developed.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project is in line with Tajikistan National Strategy for Tourism Development adopted in August, 2018. The strategy identifies a range of tourism categories (e.g., ecotourism, extreme tourism, mountain tourism, religious tourism, health tourism, historical tourism, cultural tourism, and hunting tourism) but fails to strategically prioritize the categories, identify investment needs, or adopt financing plans. This reflects an absence of information on the status of tourism activities in the economy and on the market's demand for Tajikistan's tourism products.

The government of Tajikistan has announced 2019 2021 as the _Period of Rural Development, Tourism and Folk Crafts._

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
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 Raza Mahmood Farrukh
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Tajikistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Committee of Tourism Development under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
78 Rudaki Avenue, 734001, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 24 Jun 2019
Fact Finding 08 Jul 2019 to 12 Jul 2019
MRM 22 Aug 2019
Approval 21 Nov 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Nov 2019

Grant 6022-TAJ

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2019 - - 30 Jun 2024 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 11.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 10.00 21 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Nov 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Tourism Development Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Nov 2019
Tourism Development Project: Project Readiness Financing Report Project Readiness Financing Report Nov 2019
Tourism Development Project: Procurememt Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2019

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

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Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Tourism Development Project: Procurememt Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2019