Coal to Gas Conversion GEF Project

Ratings convey a satisfactory project outcome, likely sustainability, with only modest institutional development impacts, and, satisfactory performances by the Bank and Borrower. The many lessons learned reinforce the need for Government commitments, for early assessment of local capacities, for secured counterpart funding, and, point at the importance of project ownership. Also highlighted is the fact that the requirement to use English language at all levels of project preparation, seemingly limits local access to the project, and hinders project implementation. This requirement excluded some bidders and made implementation more difficult (sworn translations of receipts were required, which was neither time- nor cost-effective). It is suggested that English language should perhaps not be required below the level of the Implementation Agency, or local consultants. Moreover, the requirement to have the bidding process open to companies from other countries, potentially limits the successful participation of local firms. Such process, especially in the case of small engine procurement, blocked local firms from strengthening their position on the market, slowing their local and national potential expansion. The Public Procurement Law was already enforced, and indeed, national competitive bidding (NCB), provides flexibility in the procurement process.

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Thematic Cluster: 

Renewable energy

Theme of Evaluation: 

Other Energy Efficiency

Sub Cluster: 

Bio based energy

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Europe and Central Asia

Type of Evaluation: 

Implementation Completion Report




World Bank

Evaluation Author: 

The Operations, Policy and Services Unit of Europe and Central Asia (ECSPS)

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