Kyrgyz Republic : Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project

Sovereign Project | 56146-001

The Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project will: (i) improve the 79-kilometer Barskoon-Karakol road, a part of the Issyk-Kul Ring Road, (ii) enhance the management of the road asset, (iii) improve road safety, and (iv) support the preparation of the climate strategy and action plan. The project derives synergies with earlier assistance and adopts a cross-sectoral approach to integrated development in the Issyk-Kul Lake area, with an integration of gender perspective.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Erdene, Oyunchimeg
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Kyrgyz Republic
  • Sector
    • Transport
Project Name
Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project
Project Number
56146-001
Country / Economy
  • Kyrgyz Republic
Project Status
Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 22.50 million
Loan: Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project
Source Amount
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 87.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • 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 / Road transport (non-urban)

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
The Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project will: (i) improve the 79-kilometer Barskoon-Karakol road, a part of the Issyk-Kul Ring Road, (ii) enhance the management of the road asset, (iii) improve road safety, and (iv) support the preparation of the climate strategy and action plan. The project derives synergies with earlier assistance and adopts a cross-sectoral approach to integrated development in the Issyk-Kul Lake area, with an integration of gender perspective.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) road corridors 1 and 3 provide regional connectivity with other Central Asian neighboring countries, including Kazakstan and People's Republic China. The Bishkek-Torugart road (part of CAREC Corridor 1) and the Bishkek-Osh Road (part of CAREC Corridor 3) also enable a north-south connectivity within the country. In addition, the Almaty-Bishkek Economic Corridor (ABEC) is spurring economic growth and creating jobs through greater private investments, trade, and agglomeration of economic activities. Development of the Issyk-Kul Lake area, the country's most popular tourist destination, is an integral part of the ABEC. The Issyk-Kul Ring Road also represents strategic importance for livelihoods of local communities, including women and the vulnerable group, by improving their access to job opportunities and markets for their crops and livestock.

Being a landlocked country, the Kyrgyz Republic heavily depends on road transport. About 95% of passengers and more than half of freight traffic are carried by road. Although there have been improvements in the road network performance, the quality of the roads continues to lag as the country ranked 113 out of 141 countries by the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index. The entire Issyk-Kul Ring Road has severely deteriorated. It has poor riding quality and a traffic capacity that does not meet the requirements of high volume of vehicles during tourist and harvest seasons, posing a safety risk. There is a lack of roadside public services such as visitor centers, public toilets, and streetlights lowering satisfaction for tourists. The government has been reconstructing the ring road using its own funds and with assistance from other development partners such as the Arab Coordination Group and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The road network of the country is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters triggered by natural hazards like intense rains and heat waves that cause floods, mudflows, landslides, melting road surfaces, and slope instability. As the road infrastructure is not adapted, it requires additional investments in resilience to such impacts. In 2021, the Kyrgyz Republic approved the updated Nationally Determined Contribution under Paris Agreement with an aim to reduce the greenhouse gas emission by 44% by 2030.

Impact

Competitiveness of the Kyrgyz Republic increased

Outcome

Efficient movement of people and goods on Issyk-Kul Ring Road improved

Outputs

Climate-resilient Barskoon-Karakol road reconstructed

Institutional capacity in road asset management, road safety, and decarbonization strengthened

Geographical Location
Nation-wide, Barskoon, Karakol

Safeguard Categories

Environment
A
Involuntary Resettlement
B
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
The main stakeholders include residents, business owners, trade and agricultural sector workers, and central and local government agencies and officials, tourists, and motorists. The primary beneficiaries are road users, including local and transit vehicle drivers and operators, will be consulted on engineering solutions, road sector reform activities, and impact mitigation measures during the project design, implementation, and evaluation stages.
During Project Implementation
Consultations will be conducted with civil society organizations, nongovernment organizations, community-based organizations, and local governments. The consultations will cover issues such as road safety, social and environmental concerns, women's participation in economic activities. The consultations will cover issues such as road safety, social and environmental concerns, women's participation in economic activities.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
All consulting services will be undertaken in accordance with ADB Procurement Policy and ADB Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers for Goods, Works, Nonconsulting and Consulting Services (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project staff instructions.
Procurement
All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Erdene, Oyunchimeg
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Transport Sector Office (SG-TRA)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Transport, Architecture, Construction and Communications (formerly Ministry of Transport and Roads)

Timetable

Concept Clearance
14 Sep 2022
Fact Finding
04 Jul 2023 to 17 Jul 2023
MRM
-
Approval
-
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
13 Dec 2023

Funding

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Title Document Type Document Date
Issyk-Kul Ring Road Improvement Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Sep 2022

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.


Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

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Procurement Plan

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