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A brief Look on Program Management office Projects, Ministry of Public Works
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution whose mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.
Afghanistan is one of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) founding member countries. From 1966 to 1992, ADB provided Afghanistan with nearly $100 million in loans and technical assistance. ADB operations in the country were suspended in 1992 due to civil conflict, and did not resume until 2002. Between 2002 and end-2008, ADB provided Afghanistan with about $1.8 billion in ADF loans, ADF grants, technical assistance, donor-funded cofinancing and grant investment projects, and private sector investments. At the June 2008 Paris International Conference in Support of Afghanistan, ADB pledged $1.3 billion in support over the 2008-2013 period. In terms of overall donor pledges from 2002 – 2011, ADB ranks as Afghanistan’s fourth largest donor after the United States, the United Kingdom and the World Bank.
ADB’s assistance to Afghanistan has focused on the (i) energy, (ii) transport and communications, and (iii) agriculture and natural resource management sectors with some additional support to (iv) governance and finance-related activities.
ADB has approved some $415 million for the rehabilitation of major portions of Afghanistan’s Ring Road network, primarily in the northern and western parts of the country, including connections and border facilities with Afghanistan’s neighbors. ADB also has administered grant project financing for the rehabilitation of the Kandahar – Spin Boldak road. The $118 million North-South Corridor Project, approved in 2006, will rehabilitate 140 kilometers of the Mazar-i-Sharif to Dara-i-Sufi road.
In addition to the above amounts, ADB was agreed to provide additional grant fund of ($ 805 million) to the Government of Afghanistan, and the board of directors of ADB has also agreed and committed to pay $ 222m out of $805m for Construction of Faizabad - Baharak, Jabulsaraj- Nejrab, Bagrami – Sapary and Hairatan -Mazar-e-Sharif Railway Projects under MFF-2 Tranche -1 to the Government of Afghanistan on 20 Sep 2011.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is financing and implementing a number of projects related to road sector through their Program Management Office (PMO). The Program Management Office (PMO) which previously functioned as Project Management Unit (PMU) is an ADB-funded office commenced its operations in 2004 under the framework of Ministry of Public Works and direct supervision of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
After the expansion of Project Management Unit (PMU) to Program Management Office (PMO), the office has been witnessing changes in the number of its staff and projects. Program Management Office has various departments, including Technical or Engineering Department, Financial and Administrative Department, IT Department and International Consultants Department. Program Management Office performs and implements most of the projects and programs of Ministry of Public Works (MPW).
Program Management Office has a number of completed, under construction and under procurement projects. The following is brief information concerning the completed, under construction and under procurement projects: