Azerbaijan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program

Sovereign Project | 55073-001

The COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support program provides budget support to meet Azerbaijan's development financing needs, arising from the pandemic response measures. The program is aligned with the country's overarching development objective that the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the population's health, incomes, and economic opportunities as well as macroeconomic stability are mitigated. The program has three outputs: (i) COVID-19 response and health system strengthening measures implemented, (ii) social protection for the poor and vulnerable households expanded, and (iii) affected sectors supported to prevent job losses from the economic downturn.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Akin, Cigdem
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Azerbaijan
  • Sector
    • Health
Project Name COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Project Number 55073-001
Country Azerbaijan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 4082-AZE: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 250.00 million
Loan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank US$ 100.00 million
TA 6743-AZE: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 250,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Agricultural production

Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives

Finance / Inclusive finance

Health / Disease control of communicable disease - Health system development

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management - Reforms of state owned enterprises

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support program provides budget support to meet Azerbaijan's development financing needs, arising from the pandemic response measures. The program is aligned with the country's overarching development objective that the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the population's health, incomes, and economic opportunities as well as macroeconomic stability are mitigated. The program has three outputs: (i) COVID-19 response and health system strengthening measures implemented, (ii) social protection for the poor and vulnerable households expanded, and (iii) affected sectors supported to prevent job losses from the economic downturn. Identifying the risk that the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, global economic slowdown, and fall in oil prices could hurt the growth prospects, necessitating more financial resources than originally envisaged, based on the program's theory of change, the outputs contribute to achievement of the expected outcome that the COVID-19 outbreak is more effectively managed and its adverse social and economic impacts are reduced. The design and monitoring framework presents the relevant indicators reflecting the pandemic response measures. The program is aligned with the ADB's country partnership strategy, 2019-2023 for Azerbaijan and the government's development strategy.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has adversely impacted Azerbaijan's economy and its population. To mitigate these impacts, the government has adopted emergency

pro-poor countercyclical pandemic response measures to strengthen the health system, expand social protection, and support macroeconomic stabilization and job creation. The proposed program will support the government's measures and financing needs to help mitigate the adverse health, social, and economic impacts of the crisis, while targeting the poor and vulnerable groups and ensuring gender mainstreaming.

Azerbaijan meets all the criteria required to access the CPRO under the Countercyclical Support Facility. The program's support for the government's wide range of countercyclical health, social protection and macroeconomic stabilization measures is fully aligned with the cross-cutting operational priorities of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Strategy 2030 such as (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality, (iii) promoting rural development and food security, (iv) strengthening

governance and institutional capacity, and (v) fostering regional cooperation and integration.

Impact Adverse impacts of COVID-19 on (i) the population's health, incomes, and economic opportunities, and (ii) the country's macroeconomic stability, mitigated.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome COVID-19 outbreak more effectively managed and its adverse social and economic impacts reduced
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

COVID-19 response and health system strengthening measures implemented

Social protection for the poor and vulnerable households expanded

Affected sectors supported to prevent job losses from the economic downturn

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Akin, Cigdem
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
[email protected]
83, Same Vurgun Street AZ1022 Baku, Azerbaijan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 26 Dec 2022
Fact Finding 08 Feb 2021 to 09 Apr 2021
MRM 28 Apr 2021
Approval 07 Jul 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 07 Jul 2021

Loan 4082-AZE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Jul 2021 - - 31 Dec 2021 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 350.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 250.00 29 Sep 2021 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 100.00 29 Sep 2021 0.00 0.00 0%

TA 6743-AZE

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
07 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021 30 Jun 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 29 Sep 2021 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Social Security System Specialist (Intl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Social Security System Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Debt Management Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Debt Management Specialist (Intl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Health Insurance Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Fiscal Management Specialist (Intl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Fiscal Management Specialist (Natl) Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Jun 2021 13 Jun 2021
Health Insurance Specialist (Intl) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2021 13 Jun 2021

Contracts Awarded

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