Timor-Leste : Preparing the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity

Sovereign Project | 54326-002

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 approximately 93.9 kilometers (km) of national road sections of Com-Lautem-Lospalos-Iliomar and four bridges in Lospalos, Tirilolo, and Irabere in the east and the south coast areas of the country, designed for better resilience to climate change and social inclusion; (ii) improving road asset management capacity and systems; and (iii) enhancing awareness of road safety and gender-related issues within the project area. The TA will support the preparation of the proposed project and help develop the capacity of the government on project preparation and implementation, including the study on the climate change adaptation measures in the road sector of Timor-Leste.

Project Details

Project Name
Preparing the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity
Project Number
54326-002
Country / Economy
  • Timor-Leste
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6809-TIM: Preparing the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA 6809-TIM: Preparing the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity
Source Amount
Climate Change Fund US$ 800,000.00
TA: Preparing the East to South Coast Road Connectivity Project and Strengthening the Road Sector Institutional Capacity
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP5: Promoting rural development and food security
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Transport / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender
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 approximately 93.9 kilometers (km) of national road sections of Com-Lautem-Lospalos-Iliomar and four bridges in Lospalos, Tirilolo, and Irabere in the east and the south coast areas of the country, designed for better resilience to climate change and social inclusion; (ii) improving road asset management capacity and systems; and (iii) enhancing awareness of road safety and gender-related issues within the project area. The TA will support the preparation of the proposed project and help develop the capacity of the government on project preparation and implementation, including the study on the climate change adaptation measures in the road sector of Timor-Leste.
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 road asset management programs. 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 (2023-2027), which aims to support the government in building climate-resilient transport infrastructure and strengthening road safety and maintenance capacity. The project is also aligned with four of the operational priorities of ADB's 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

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The draft stakeholder Communication Strategy/ Action plan has been prepared. Stakeholder consultations were conducted as part of safeguards due diligence during project preparation. The draft Initial Environmental Examination and draft Resettlement Plans have been disclosed: https://www.adb.org/projects/54326-001/main
During Project Implementation
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation plans will be implemented and monitored during the project implementation.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
The TA will have two outputs: (i) safeguards analysis and documentation prepared for the ESRCP, and (ii) institutional capacity strengthened. The TA will recruit individual consultants to conduct those tasks and to ensure integrated project delivery. ADB will select and engage the consultants in accordance with the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and the associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. The total person- months (PM) inputs are as follows: 30.5 PM international and 18 PM national. Advance action will be done with the initial consultant mobilization in November 2021.
Procurement
The TA include procurement of office equipment and furnitures.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Fukayama, Takeshi
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Council for Administration of the Infrastructure Fund

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
20 Oct 2021
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
03 Jan 2024

Funding

TA 6809-TIM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Oct 2021 16 Nov 2021 16 Nov 2021 31 Dec 2023 30 Jun 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,800,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
28 May 2024 1,553,910.54

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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

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  • 20 Oct 2023 | Video

    Towards Climate-resilient Roads in Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Together with the Government of Timor-Leste and the National University of Timor-Leste, ADB is conducting a study to examine climate adaptation measures in the road sector.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Geotechnical Engineering Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
International Livelihood Restoration and Development Specialist for Capacity Development Individual - Consulting Closed
International Financial Management and Accounting Specialist for Capacity Development Individual - Consulting Closed
Preparing Climate-Change Adaptation Measures for Timor-Leste Road Sector Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Management Unit (PMU) Advisor Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
International Road Asset Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Indigenous Peoples Specialist for Capacity Development Individual - Consulting Closed
International Indigenous Peoples Specialist for Capacity Development Individual - Consulting Closed
International Project Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
International Social Safeguards Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Climate Change Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
International Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
National Social Safeguards Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
National Environment Expert Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 6809 04 May 2023 IDEA CONSULTANTS, INC. (JAPAN) in association with KOKUSAI KOGYO CO., LTD. (JAPAN) | 3-15-1, Komazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-8585 Japan Council for Administration of Infrastructure Fund 699,115.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.