The Government of Afghanistan has applied for financing in the amount of US$ 250 million equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the Trans–Hindukush Road Connectivity Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project. This project will be financed by the International Development Association (IDA). The project will include the following two components.
Road construction and rehabilitation. Component 1 will include (i) civil works for the construction of 152 km of the Baghlan - Bamyan (B2B) road and the rehabilitation 86 km including Salang Tunnel of the Salang Highway, (ii) consulting services, including for the supervision of works for the same roads and for regular technical audits by an independent international auditor to verify that road works have been executed in compliance with the technical specifications, and (iii) goods, which will include some equipment items which Ministry of Public Works (MPW) may need to keep the two roads open during the project period, as well as equipment for the Salang tunnel.
Component 2: Institutional support and project management. This component will comprise of several subcomponents including road safety, definition of asset management arrangements for Trans-Hindukush roads, community engagement and communication, training and capacity building and project management support.
Procurement of contracts financed by the World Bank will be conducted through the procedures as specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits(dated January 2011 and revised July 2014“Guidelines), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the guidelines. Consulting services will be selected in accordance with the World Bank’s Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers (dated January 2011 and revised July 2014 “Guidelines).