India : Support for Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem

Sovereign Project | 55154-002

The Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem (SMILE) program is a programmatic policy-based loan (PBL) to support the government undertake wide-ranging reforms in the logistics sector in India. The program aims to strengthen the institutional and policy framework for interministerial coordination and planning for incentivizing private sector participation in multimodal logistics projects, improve efficiencies in external trade logistics, and encourage the use of smart and automated systems for improved service delivery. The Government of India has requested a regular loan of $500 million from ADB's ordinary capital resources to help finance the program.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Chattopadhyay, Soumya
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    India
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name Support for Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem
Project Number 55154-002
Country / Economy India
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6822-IND: Support for Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
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
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Multimodal logistics

Gender Some gender elements
Description

The Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem (SMILE) program is a programmatic policy-based loan (PBL) to support the government undertake wide-ranging reforms in the logistics sector in India. The program aims to strengthen the institutional and policy framework for interministerial coordination and planning for incentivizing private sector participation in multimodal logistics projects, improve efficiencies in external trade logistics, and encourage the use of smart and automated systems for improved service delivery. The Government of India has requested a regular loan of $500 million from ADB's ordinary capital resources to help finance the program. The proposed programmatic PBL modality with two subprograms of $250 million each, in FY2023 and FY2025, respectively, supported by the attached transaction TA, is appropriate because the (i) program will support crucial structural reforms to strengthen institutions, coordination, and processes; (ii) structural reforms need proper sequencing to ensure sustainability; and (iii) government has shown strong commitment to reforms.

This lending proposal was not included in ADB. 2020. Country Operations Business Plan: India, 2021-2023. Manila. The government requested ADB's financial assistance in a letter of 12 March 2021 as an addition to the plan. The South Asia Department confirmed that such financial assistance can be accommodated in the 2021 resource envelope.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed transaction TA is being processed at the request of the government to meet key capacity building needs, strengthen sector institutions, and conduct studies to further deepen reforms and develop policy framework. The TA will support the implementing agencies in achieving the policy actions of the ensuing SMILE program. The TA will thus provide capacity building support to foster coordination among the different tiers of government and among the various institutions. The TA will also extend support to diagnose emerging challenges in the sector and identify policy initiatives. The TA activities will build on and/or carryforward activities commenced under earlier initiatives and replicate some successful interventions particularly in logistic planning and technology use for improving efficiency.
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, Delhi
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 ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Procurement Procurement, advance contracting, and retroactive financing are not expected.
Responsible ADB Officer Chattopadhyay, Soumya
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission (INRM)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 10 Nov 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Dec 2022

TA 6822-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Nov 2021 30 Dec 2021 30 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 03 May 2024 383,414.99

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Title Document Type Document Date
Support for Strengthening Multimodal and Integrated Logistics Ecosystem: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Nov 2021

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.

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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
IT Capacity Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Aviation Expert  Individual - Consulting Closed
Warehousing Rating Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
PMU Consultant (Economist) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for PM GatiShakti National Master Plan Individual - Consulting Closed
Ports Process Mapping Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Management Unit Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for Warehousing Survey Coordination Individual - Consulting Closed
National Consultant for Logistics and TF Expert (Warehousing) Individual - Consulting Closed
Creative Expert for development of content on Logistics to address Logistics challenges and opportunities in India Individual - Consulting Closed
Impact Assessment Consultancy Firm Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Management Unit Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics Sector Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
IT Capacity Development Expert Individual - Consulting Closed
Logistics Sector PMU Consultant 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 6822 26 Apr 2024 Pricewaterhousecoopers Pvt. Ltd. (INDIA) | Unit-2B, 8th Floor, Octave Block, Block E1, Parcel - 4, Salarpuria Sattva Knowledge City, Raidurg, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081, India Ministry of Commerce and Industry 150,000.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.