Safety Net Strengthening Project)
July 13, 2011
GRANT NUMBER H726-TJ
AGREEMENT dated July 13, 2011,
entered into between the REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN (“Recipient”) and
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (“Association”). The
Recipient and the Association hereby agree as follows:
I — GENERAL CONDITIONS; DEFINITIONS
General Conditions (as defined in the Appendix to this Agreement)
constitute an integral part of this Agreement.
the context requires otherwise, the capitalized terms used in this
Agreement have the meanings ascribed to them in the General
Conditions or in the Appendix to this Agreement.
ARTICLE II — FINANCING
Association agrees to extend to the Recipient, on the terms and
conditions set forth or referred to in this Agreement, a grant in
an amount equivalent to two million one hundred thousand Special
Drawing Rights (SDR 2,100,000) (“Financing”) to assist in
financing the project described in Schedule 1 to this Agreement
Recipient may withdraw the proceeds of the Financing in accordance
with Section IV of Schedule 2 to this Agreement.
Maximum Commitment Charge Rate payable by the Recipient on the
Unwithdrawn Financing Balance shall be one-half of one percent (1/2
of 1%) per annum.
Payment Dates are April 15 and October 15 in each year.
2.05. The Payment Currency is
ARTICLE III — PROJECT
Recipient declares its commitment to the objectives of the Project.
To this end, the Recipient shall carry out the Project through PCG
in accordance with the provisions of Article IV of the General
limitation upon the provisions of Section 3.01 of this Agreement,
and except as the Recipient and the Association shall otherwise
agree, the Recipient shall ensure that the Project is carried out
in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 2 to this Agreement.
IV — EFFECTIVENESS; TERMINATION
4.01. The Additional
Conditions of Effectiveness consist of the following:
POM, satisfactory to the Association, has been adopted by PCG.
has upgraded its automated IC accounting system for the generation of
interim financial reports for the Project.
4.02. The Effectiveness
Deadline is the date ninety (90) days after the date of this
4.03. For purposes of Section
8.05 (b) of the General Conditions, the date on which the obligations
of the Recipient under this Agreement (other than those providing for
payment obligations) shall terminate is twenty (20) years after the
date of this Agreement.
V - REPRESENTATIVE; ADDRESSES
5.01. The Recipient’s
Representative is the Minister of Finance.
5.02. The Recipient’s
Ministry of Finance
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5.03. The Association’s
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AGREED at Dushanbe, Republic
of Tajikistan, as of the day and year first above written.
REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN
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The objective of the Project
is to assist the Recipient in improving its capacity to plan, monitor
and manage social assistance for the poor through the development of
a national registry of social protection and the provision of
training, equipment and related items for improving said capacity.
The Project consists of the
Registry of Social Protection
a National Registry of Social Protection (NRSP) for:
(i) administering poverty-targeted social assistance benefits; (ii)
determining eligibility for the benefits; (iii) controlling payments
of these benefits; and (iv) planning and budgeting for said benefits.
of goods, including computer equipment, printers, scanners, and
electrical, telephone and internet connections, to strengthen the
capacity of MLSP and community stakeholders to implement a
nation-wide system of poverty-targeted social assistance.
Part B: Capacity-Building
for Launching Nation-Wide System of Poverty-Targeted Social
out training, workshops and seminars to build the capacity of MLSP,
MoF and community stakeholders to launch and implement a nation-wide
system of poverty-targeted social assistance as well as to maintain
and operate said system.
support for overall management and coordination of the Project and
for carrying out fiduciary responsibilities, including procurement,
financial reporting and accounting activities, audit, and other
reporting for the Project.
I. Implementation Arrangements
Recipient shall carry out the Project in accordance with the
following institutional arrangements:
Recipient, through PCG, shall carry out the Project in accordance
with the requirements, criteria, organizational arrangements and
operational procedures set forth in POM, and shall not assign, amend,
abrogate or waive any provisions of POM without prior approval of the
all times during the implementation of the Project, the Recipient
shall maintain PCG with a composition, resources and terms of
reference satisfactory to the Association.
Recipient, through PCG, shall take, or cause to be taken, all
measures necessary to ensure that Project activities will not
involve land acquisition and that no human settlements will be
displaced as a result of the Project activities.
Recipient shall ensure that the Project is carried out in accordance
with the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Guidelines.
Section II. Project
Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation
A. Project Reports
The Recipient shall monitor
and evaluate the progress of the Project and prepare Project Reports
in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.08 of the General
Conditions and on the basis of indicators agreed with the
Association. Each Project Report shall cover the period of one
calendar quarter, and shall be furnished to the Association not later
than forty five (45) days after the end of the period covered by such
B. Financial Management,
Financial Reports and Audits
Recipient shall maintain or cause to be maintained a financial
management system in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.09
of the General Conditions.
limitation on the provisions of Part A of this Section, the Recipient
shall prepare and furnish to the Association not later than forty
five (45) days after the end of each calendar quarter, interim
unaudited financial reports for the Project, as part of the Project
Reports referred to in Section II.A of Schedule 2 to this Agreement,
covering the quarter, in form and substance satisfactory to the
Recipient shall have its Financial Statements audited in accordance
with the provisions of Section 4.09 (b) of the General Conditions.
Each audit of the Financial Statements shall cover the period of one
fiscal year of the Recipient. The audited Financial Statements for
each such period shall be furnished to the Association not later than
six (6) months after the end of such period.
Section III. Procurement
Works and Non-consulting Services. All goods, works and
non-consulting services required for the Project and to be financed
out of the proceeds of the Financing shall be procured in accordance
with the requirements set forth or referred to in Section I of the
Procurement Guidelines, and with the provisions of this Section.
Services. All consultants’ services required for the Project
and to be financed out of the proceeds of the Financing shall be
procured in accordance with the requirements set forth or referred to
in Sections I and IV of the Consultant Guidelines, and with the
provisions of this Section.
The capitalized terms used below in this Section to describe
particular procurement methods or methods of review by the
Association of particular contracts, refer to the corresponding
method described in the Procurement Guidelines, or Consultant
Guidelines, as the case may be.
Methods of Procurement of Goods, Works and Non-consulting
Competitive Bidding. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph 2
below, goods, works and non-consulting services shall be procured
under contracts awarded on the basis of International Competitive
Methods of Procurement of Goods and Works. The following table
specifies the methods of procurement, other than International
Competitive Bidding, which may be used for goods and works. The
Procurement Plan shall specify the circumstances under which such
methods may be used:
(a) National Competitive
Bidding for works, subject to the additional provisions set
forth in the Annex
to this Schedule 2
(c) Direct Contracting
Methods of Procurement of Consultants’ Services
and Cost-based Selection. Except as otherwise provided in
paragraph 2 below, consultants’ services shall be procured under
contracts awarded on the basis of Quality and Cost-based Selection.
Methods of Procurement of Consultants’ Services. The following
table specifies methods of procurement, other than Quality and
Cost-based Selection, which may be used for consultants’ services.
The Procurement Plan shall specify the circumstances under which such
methods may be used.
(a) Quality-Based Selection
(b) Least Cost Selection
(c) Selection based on
(d) Procedures set forth in
paragraphs 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6 of the Consultant
(e) Single-Source Selection
(f) Selection Under a Fixed
by the Association of Procurement Decisions
Procurement Plan shall set forth those contracts which shall be
subject to the Association’s Prior Review. All other contracts
shall be subject to Post Review by the Association.
Section IV. Withdrawal
of the Proceeds of the Financing
Recipient may withdraw the proceeds of the Financing in accordance
with the provisions of Article II of the General Conditions, this
Section, and such additional instructions as the Association shall
specify by notice to the Recipient (including the “World Bank
Disbursement Guidelines for Projects” dated May 2006, as revised
from time to time by the Association and as made applicable to this
Agreement pursuant to such instructions), to finance Eligible
Expenditures as set forth in the table in paragraph 2 below.
following table specifies the categories of Eligible Expenditures
that may be financed out of the proceeds of the Financing
(“Category”), the allocations of the amounts of the Financing to
each Category, and the percentage of expenditures to be financed for
Eligible Expenditures in each Category:
of the Financing Allocated (expressed in SDR)
Expenditures to be Financed
for the Project,
the purposes of this Schedule:
term “operating costs” means incremental operating costs incurred
by PCG on account of Project implementation, audit, management and
monitoring, including office and equipment maintenance and repair,
vehicle maintenance and repair, local travel, communication,
translation and interpretation, bank charges, social charges, and
other miscellaneous costs directly associated with the Project, all
based on periodic budgets acceptable to the Association, and;
term “training” means expenditures for Project related study
tours, training courses, seminars, workshops and other training
activities not included under goods or service providers’
contracts, including costs of training materials, space and equipment
rental, travel and per diem costs of trainees and trainers.
Conditions; Withdrawal Period
the provisions of Part A of this Section, no withdrawal shall be made
for payments made prior to the date of this Agreement.
Closing Date is December 31, 2015.
competitive bidding procedures of the Recipient may be used for
procurement of goods, works and non-consulting services under the
Project provided that the following provisions are complied with:
for which this Agreement allows procurement under paragraphs 3.3 and
3.4 of the Procurement Guidelines, shall be procured in accordance
with the provisions of the Law of the Republic of Tajikistan “Оn
Public Procurement of Goods, Works and Services”, dated March 3,
2006 (“the Law”). These provisions, in order to ensure economy,
efficiency, transparency, and broad consistency with the provisions
included in Section I of the Guidelines (as required by paragraphs.
3.3 of the Guidelines), shall be modified as set forth in the
responsible for carrying out the procurement
The procurement shall be carried out by the “procuring entity”
as defined in Article. 9 of the Law), without any involvement of the
Authorized Body on Public Procurement (as referred to in Article 3 of
enterprises in Tajikistan shall be eligible to participate in bidding
only if they can establish that they are legally and financially
autonomous, operate under commercial law, and are not a dependent
agency of the procuring entity (as defined in the Law).
bidders shall be eligible to participate in bidding under the same
conditions as local bidders. In particular, no domestic preference
over foreign shall be granted to local bidders in bid evaluation.
time for bid preparation
to bid shall be advertised in at least one (1) widely circulated
national newspaper, allowing a minimum of thirty (30) days for the
preparation and submission of bids.
a modified version of the Recipient’s standard bidding documents
has been approved by the Association, the Association’s sample NCB
bidding documents for the Europe and Central Asia Region shall be
criteria and evaluation criteria
criteria shall be clearly specified in the bidding documents, and
criteria so specified, and only criteria so specified, shall
be used to determine whether a bidder is qualified. Bids of bidders
not meeting such criteria shall be rejected as non-qualified.
Qualifications of a bidder found to meet the specified qualification
criteria shall not be taken into account in the evaluation of such a
criteria shall be clearly specified in the bidding documents, and
evaluation criteria other than price shall be quantified in monetary
terms. Evaluation criteria so specified, and only criteria so
specified, shall be used in bid evaluation. Merit points shall not be
used in bid evaluation.
shall be required to submit a bid security in the amount and in the
form specified in the bidding documents, unless otherwise agreed with
the Association. A bid security in the form of an advance bank
transfer shall not be allowed.
submission and bid opening
may be delivered by mail or by hand. Bids shall be opened
immediately after the deadline for bid submission in the presence of
the bidders who wish to attend. Said deadline and the place of bid
opening shall be announced in the invitation to bid. The name of
each bidder and the amount of its bid, shall be read aloud and
recorded when opened in the minutes of bid opening. The minutes of
bid opening shall be signed by the members of the bidding committee
immediately after bid opening.
received after the deadline for bid submissions shall be returned to
the bidders unopened.
evaluation and award of contracts
shall not be allowed to be present during bid evaluation, and no
information relating to the evaluation of bids shall be disclosed to
bidders until the successful bidder is notified of the award.
bid containing material deviations from or reservations to the terms,
conditions and specifications of the bidding documents shall be
rejected as not substantially responsive. A bidder shall not be
permitted to withdraw material deviations or reservations once bids
have been opened.
of bids shall be made in strict adherence to the criteria specified
in the bidding documents, and contracts should be awarded to the
qualified bidder offering the lowest evaluated and substantially
bidder shall not be required, as a condition for award, to undertake
obligations not specified in the bidding documents or otherwise to
modify the bid as originally submitted.
shall be no post-bidding negotiations between the purchaser and the
lowest or any other bidder.
Guidelines” means the “Guidelines on Preventing and Combating
Fraud and Corruption in Projects Financed by IBRD Loans and XXX
Credits and Grants”, dated October 15, 2006 and revised in January
means a category set forth in the table in Section IV of Schedule 2
to this Agreement.
Guidelines” means the “Guidelines: Selection and Employment of
Consultants under IBRD Loans and XXX Credits and Grants by World
Bank Borrowers” published by the Bank in January 2011.
means the Recipient’s Executive Office of the President, or any
Conditions” means the “International Development Association
General Conditions for Credits and Grants”, dated July 31, 2010.
means the Recipient’s Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, or
any successor thereto.
means the Recipient’s Ministry of Finance, or any successor
means the Recipient’s Project Coordinating Group within EOP and
representing EOP, or any successor thereto.
means the Project Operational Manual to be adopted by the Recipient
pursuant to Section 4.01 of this Agreement and which shall include
the Financial Management Manual and the Procurement Manual.
Guidelines” means the “Guidelines: Procurement of Goods, Works
and Non-consulting Services under IBRD Loans and XXX Credits and
Grants by World Bank Borrowers” published by the Bank in January
Plan” means the Recipient’s procurement plan for the Project,
dated May 4, 2011 and referred to in paragraph 1.18 of the
Procurement Guidelines and paragraph 1.25 of the Consultant
Guidelines, as the same shall be updated from time to time in
accordance with the provisions of said paragraphs.