37136-013: Regional Airports Rehabilitation Project Phase I
Project Data Sheet (PDS): Business Opportunities
Date of First Listing: 14 Nov 2006
Consulting services will be required to assist the Executing Agency in implementation of the Project. The consulting services will involve (i) overall project management as part of Project Implementation Unit; (ii) assistance in procurement of civil works; (iii) supervision of construction and installation of equipment; (iv) testing and certifying completed works; (v) implementation and supervision of the training component; (vi) designing of accounting systems for project implementation and airport operation; (vii) provision of assistance for institutional capacity building of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MCAT); (viii) provision of postconstruction operations assistance and provision of on-the-job training for airport operations and maintenance; and (xi) benefit monitoring and evaluation. The consultants will be selected and appointed by the quality- and cost-based selection method using full technical proposals in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and arrangements satisfactory to ADB for engaging domestic consultants. The consulting services will require about 301 person-months of international consultants and about 152 person-months of domestic consultants. For designing of accounting system, individual consultants will be engaged separately for 24 person-months of international and 24 person-months of domestic.
Procurement of goods, services, and civil works to be financed under the Project will be carried out in accordance with the ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Due to the emergency nature of implementing the Project, the Government requested flexible application of such guidelines. This involves, among others, shorter bidding period for international procurement if required. The Government Procurement Unit of Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services (ARDS) will undertake all international procurements, including recruitment of project management consultants. All contracts for civil works and supply of equipment will be divided into suitable contract packages. The civil works contracts are packaged as design-build to ensure delivery within the project implementation period. The civil works contracts will be awarded following international competitive bidding procedures. The contracts for navigational aid equipment will be procured using international shopping procedures in view of the fact that (i) limited number of suppliers are available; (ii) purchase of equipment needs to be expedited in consideration of the emergency nature of the Project. All ICAO-certified manufacturers and suppliers of concerned navigational aid equipment will be invited in the course of international shopping. Some of the project airports are located in the western part of the country, where ADB non-member countries, particularly in the Gulf region, are competitive sources of materials, especially bitumen, required for runway pavement. In order to maximize the benefits of the proposed assistance to Afghanistan, the Mission will seek ADB Management's and Board's consideration for relaxation of eligibility criteria for procurement of bitumen from non-member countries in the Gulf region.