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Tajikistan: Tourism Development Project

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

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
Boboev, Muhammadi 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 Active
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.

Project Outputs and activities

Output 1: This output will prepare a tourism development plan based on the following three subcomponents.

(i) Develop a tourism satellite account. The PRF will help Tajikistan develop its first TSA as well as build capacity for the government to periodically develop future TSAs. The Committee of Tourism Development (CTD) under the Government of Tajikistan, the executing agency, will undertake this subcomponent in coordination with the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB and UNWTO, which has helped countries around the world adopt TSAs. CTD will establish a destination management organization and will also draft tourism plans for heritage sites with the support of UNWTO.

(ii) Characterize market demand and undertake skills mapping for the tourism ecosystem. This subcomponent will address data deficiencies related to strategic prioritization, namely, analysis of demand for Tajikistan's tourism attractions. It shall support assess needed skills versus available skills for the tourism ecosystem, assess training needs (in particular for women), and explore the potential for women to enter into tourism jobs that are not traditionally female-oriented.

(iii) Institutional strengthening and creating an enabling environment. This subcomponent will strengthen the structure, staff capacity, and business processes of the executing agency, the CTD; streamline interministerial and interagency coordination; improve interaction between public and private sector organizations; enhance capacity of the agencies directly linked to tourism (such as the Agency of Statistics under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and the ministries of transport, finance, and internal affairs) to collect and assess tourism-related information; and identify priority policy actions related to improving connectivity (air and land), airport and border procedures, and ease of doing tourism-related businesses. The PRF will facilitate increased coordination with Uzbekistan, which is the largest potential tourism market in the region and can provide a valuable boost to Tajikistan tourism through joint product development.

Output 2: The PRF 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 multisector projects will be developed. The projects may comprise public sector, private sector and public-private partnership.

Output 3: The CTD will firm up the investment pipeline by carrying out feasibility studies of the projects in the pipeline. These will comprise technical, economic, financial, social, and environmental due diligence; gender and safeguards assessment; categorization of subprojects in accordance with ADB's Safeguards Policy Statement (2009); and financial management and procurement capacity assessment of the executing and implementing agencies of ensuing projects. The CTD will coordinate completion of the detailed engineering design and procurement documents of all subprojects, and link and supplementary documents for report and recommendation of the president for ensuing projects, with the respective sector agencies. All ensuing projects will be procurement-ready.

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" which shows the Government's efforts to develop this sector in the country.

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
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The EA has delegated responsibility for consultants selection to ADB, therefore ADB will recruit the consultants and nongovernment organizations on behalf of the EA following ADB's Procurement Policy and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time). ADB will invite EOIs, do shortlisting, send RFPs to shortlisted firms, evaluate proposals and prepare draft contracts. The EA will be responsible for negotiating and signing contracts with selected consultants and NGOs. ADB will seek no-objection for shortlist and technical evaluations from the EA. Terms of References are provided in Section One package of consulting firm, UNWTO, two packages of NGOs, and 7 individual consultants will be recruited. Individual consultants will implement output 1 with support of NGOs and UNWTO and will also act as project implementation unit of the project. They will also prepare terms of reference for consulting services to implement output 2 and 3.

UNWTO will be recruited for advisory services for developing tourism satellite account (TSA), establishing destination management organization (DMO), and planning for heritage sites. NGOs will be recruited for carrying out surveys required for delivering output 1. Estimated input of individual consultants is about 58 person-months of international and 114 person-months of national experts required to implement Output 1. Estimation of person months for consulting firms for implementing Outputs 2 and 3 will be done after their TORs are prepared by the individual consultants.

Procurement

All procurement of goods will follow the ADB's Procurement Policy and Procurement

Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff

instructions. The EA will procure three goods packages of office facilities. Shopping for

goods/request for quotation method will be used for procurement of goods packages up to

$100,000.

Responsible ADB Officer Boboev, Muhammadi
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
Shirin Amonzoda, Chairperson
[email protected]
78 Rudaki Avenue, 734001, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Committee of Tourism Development under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan
[email protected]
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 31 Dec 2019 30 Mar 2020 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 1.80 0.00 18%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Nov 2019 0.17 0.00 2%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Economist (Tourism Development) Individual - Consulting Active 06 Apr 2021 12 Apr 2021
International Tourism Development Specialist/Team Leader Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020
NGO for Domestic Tourists Survey Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Jan 2020 23 Jan 2020
NGO for International Visitors Survey Firm - Consulting Closed 09 Jan 2020 27 Jan 2020

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
TEAM LEADER\TOURISM DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST. INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT_SELECTION (ICS) Grant 6022 18 Aug 2020 MR. NEZIH ISCI _AUSTRIA FORSTWEG 13 ZELTWEG AUSTRIA Committee of the Tourism 835,300.00
ESTABLISHING TOURISM SATELLITE ACCOUNT AND PREPARI NG TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN (UNWTO) Grant 6022 03 Aug 2020 _UNITED NATIONS WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION MADRID SPAIN SPAIN Committee of the Tourism 399,504.00
DOMESTIC TOURISTS SURVEY Grant 6022 17 Jun 2020 FUND FOR POVERTY REDUCTION REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN TAJIKISTAN REP. OF Committee of the Tourism 149,940.00
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS SURVEY TO BE CONDUCTED BY ANALYTICAL CENTER "NAVO". Grant 6022 17 Jun 2020 ANALYTICAL CENTER "NAVO" TAJIKISTAN REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN TAJIKISTAN REP. OF Committee of the Tourism 167,193.00

Procurement Plan

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