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December 15, 2000

Overseas Economic Cooperation Operation

The List of SAF Study Contracts Signed during December 2000

Type of StudySpecial Assistance for Project Formation (SAPROF)
Project NameYerevan Zvartnots International Airport Development Project
Outline of StudyZvartnots International Airport in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the only airfield that effectively functions as an international airport in the country. Its facilities remain substandard, however, because it was originally constructed under the former USSR regime with a mandate to conduct only intra-regional transportation. In addition, demand for air transportation declined right after independence and subsidies were reduced, thus squeezing the financial sources for maintenance and rehabilitation. In the absence of satisfactory maintenance work, the airport buildings, and such facilities as runway(s), taxiways and apron, have under gone severe wear and tear. Thus they urgently need rehabilitation. This Project is designed to rehabilitate, in the view of safety, the such facilities as runway(s), parallel taxiways, apron, lighting equipment, and sewerage arrangements that are badly in need of repair.
The study will: Conduct F/S review on the scope , method, cost and implementation schedule of the project; study the medium-term airport development plan including the rehabilitation of the terminal building, the financial management, and administrative/maintenance system; and make recommendations with an eye toward ensuring sound management by the project executors.
PeriodNov. 2000 to Feb. 2001
Type of StudySpecial Assistance for Project Formation (SAPROF)
Project NameSustainable Development Program for the Pantanal
Outline of StudyThe purpose of the Project is to ensure sustainable conservation of the environment, including ecological preservation, careful tourism development and improved sanitary environment for the residents. This will be done by implementing the following seven components in the Pantanal region, the world's largest marshland:
(1)management of the area that contains water resources;
(2)management of the river basin;
(3)assistance for sustainable economic activities;
(4)apping out and implementing an ecological preservation plan;
(5)implementation and rehabilitation of the water supply/treatment and solid waste disposal projects;
(6)road improvement project;
(7)environmental development of the residential area for the indigenous people.
The Project is co-financed with the Inter-American Development Bank, and JBIC's ODA loan intends to support the two sub-components:
implementation and rehabilitation of the water supply/treatment system; and road improvement within the preservation area.
The study will conduct a supplementary survey into individual project components, especially into the components covered by the ODA loan, from the perspective of conservation of the natural environment, in an effort to upgrade the project formation and put in place a preparation work that befits the ODA loan project.
PeriodNov. 2000 to Feb. 2001
Type of StudySpecial Assistance for Project Implementation (SAPI)
CountryRepublic of Ghana
Project NameEconomic Reform Support Operation PhaseI (ERSOI)
Outline of StudyJBIC is providing ODA loans to this economic reform support operation cofinanced with the World Bank. The purpose of the project is to help enhance the financial management system on both the revenue and expenditure fronts and to strengthen the administrative functions of the central government, streamline the government agencies, and help promote privatization.
The study will: confirm the progress and identify problems in the enhancement measures for expenditure management, one of the major issues concerning the Economic Reform Support Operation; give recommendations on ways to make project implementation more effective; and contribute to the consideration of the second phase (ERSO II), for which a new ODA loan commitment is requested. The results of the study will be also reported at SPA (Strategic Partnership with Africa/Special Program Assistance), a consultation meeting among aid donors to the Sub-Saharan African countries.
PeriodNov. 2000 to Dec. 2000


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