Timor-Leste: East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project

Sovereign Project | 54326-001

The proposed project will help the Government of Timor-Leste meet its transport sector priorities to enhance connectivity to markets and services and its social and national development agenda, through (i) rehabilitating and upgrading about 173.7 kilometers (km) of national road sections in the east and south coast areas, (ii) improving road asset management, and (iii) strengthening awareness of road safety and gender-related issues.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Fukayama, Takeshi
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Timor-Leste
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project
Project Number 54326-001
Country Timor-Leste
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: East to Southcoast Road Connectivity Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 35.00 million
Loan: East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 110.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed project will help the Government of Timor-Leste meet its transport sector priorities to enhance connectivity to markets and services and its social and national development agenda, through (i) rehabilitating and upgrading about 173.7 kilometers (km) of national road sections in the east and south coast areas, (ii) improving road asset management, and (iii) strengthening awareness of road safety and gender-related issues.

The project will improve an estimated 173.7 km of national road section of Com-Lautem-Lospalos-Viqueque, by rehabilitating the existing roads and applying climate change and disaster resilient design. The improved roads will be more resilient to increased rainfall with enhanced roadside drainage, raising of the road in flood-prone areas, appropriate asphalt pavement surfacing, and bioengineering measures to improve slope stability. The project will also construct, at junctions of key feeder roads, sheltered bus stops with lights and enhanced access for elderly, women, children, and the disabled.

The project will improve the road asset management capacity of the Directorate of Roads, Bridges, and Flood Control (DRBFC) of Ministry of Public Works (MPW) by enhancing knowledge sharing through training activities on the ongoing development of the road asset management system (RAMS). Piloting innovative sensor-based technologies to monitor roads, bridges, and slopes will also be implemented in parts of the project road sections for proper asset management and early warning for flooding and landslides. The project will also provide advisory support on budget planning, aimed at securing sustained allocation of resources for road maintenance.

The project will provide (i) MPW, DRBFC, and all project management unit (PMU) and construction supervision staff with training on gender in transport and road safety; (ii) the construction staff and community members with combined gender, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence awareness raising programs;, and (iii) the community members from the villages crossed by the project road sections with increased understanding of road safety practices, as well as a youth-led road safety system.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Due to a lack of investment in rehabilitation and maintenance, the road network in Timor-Leste deteriorated during the 25-year conflict that preceded independence in 2002. Deterioration continued even after 2002, and low connectivity and inefficiency in roar sector have constrained the country's efforts to develop. Also, the road sector of Timor-Leste is vulnerable to disasters, including heavy rains, among others, whose impact may have become more severe in recent years due to climate change. ADB has improved and is improving over 460 km of the road network mainly in the north coast and the north-south connections in the country. The project will expand ADB support to improve connectivity in the east and south coast areas, which will enhance agriculture and tourism industries in particular and help the government achieve its goal of economic diversification. Moreover, the project will support piloting a new road asset management program, using innovative sensing technologies. It will also further help to raise awareness of transport policy makers and road engineers on climate change and disaster resilient design standards and measures in the transport sector.

ADB's engagement over the years has provided a few lessons in designing and implementing road transport projects. One is the importance of maintaining a sustained and reliable institutional capacity. ADB will provide substantial technical assistance to support the MPW's capacity for project management and safeguards compliance.

The proposed project supports Timor-Leste's Strategic Development Plan (SDP), 2011-2030. For infrastructure development, the SDP aimed to rehabilitate and upgrade all existing roads and bridges by 2020. While approximately 50% of the most important national road sections will be rehabilitated and upgraded by the end of 2022, further investments are required. The project is aligned with ADB's country partnership strategy for Timor-Leste, which emphasizes the need for additional infrastructure investment to support inclusive growth and the development of a robust operation and maintenance system for roads. The project is also aligned with four of the operational priorities of ADB's Strategy 2030.

Impact Communities connected; rural development, industry, and tourism promoted; and access to markets provided. (Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan, 2011-2030)
Outcome Road transport connectivity and safety improved
Outputs

National road section rehabilitated and upgraded

Road asset management improved

Awareness of road safety and gender-related issues enhanced

Geographical Location Com, Lautem, Los Palos, Viqueque
Safeguard Categories
Environment A
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The preliminary safeguard categorization is likely to be category A for environment. Climate change impact on the project will be medium. Climate adaptation is estimated to cost $10.0 million, which is an indicative amount, and will be confirmed during project preparation, together with ADB's financing share of adaptation costs. Due diligence will be conducted during project preparation under the transaction technical assistance (TRTA), Preparing for the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity. Initial Environment Examination documents will be prepared.
Involuntary Resettlement The preliminary safeguard categorization is likely to be category B for Involuntary resettlement. Resettlement and Indigenous Peoples plans will be prepared.
Indigenous Peoples The preliminary safeguard categorization is likely to be category B for indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder Communication Strategy/ Action plan and grievance redress mechanism procedure will be prepared. Stakeholder consultations will be conducted as part of safeguards due diligence during project preparation.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder Communication plan will be implemented and monitored throughout project implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services packages will be determined during project preparation stage.
Procurement Procurement packages will be determined during project preparation stage.
Responsible ADB Officer Fukayama, Takeshi
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund (also Conselho Administrativo do Fundo Infraestrutura)
Palacio do Governo,Ministry of Finance
Edificio 5, 1 Andar Dili, Timor-Leste
Timetable
Concept Clearance 20 Oct 2021
Fact Finding 07 Feb 2022 to 28 Feb 2022
MRM 30 Mar 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 27 Oct 2021

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