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Panama - Roads Rehabilitation Project (English)

The ratings for the project were as follows: the outcome was satisfactory, the sustainability was likely, the institutional development impact was modest, and the Bank and borrower performance were both satisfactory,. The lessons learned indicate that in the Loan Agreement (schedule 6), it was stipulated that the Borrower should provide funds for maintenance of the urban and inter-urban roads through an annual budget allocation of US$21.0 million. This was introduced as a Table but no reference was made to a covenant clause within the Loan Agreement (LOA). It would have been preferable to work under the time-slice project in two phases. The first would have been a transport rehabilitation project with technical assistance to Ministry of Public Works (MOP) to streamline its capacity to plan and manage projects and funds for the preparation of the second phase. The second would have been an urban transport project, including a quick disbursing policy-based component, rehabilitation and maintenance component, urban and road sub-projects with a technical assistance to strengthen MOP and the regulating entity for the urban public transport. An operational manual that describes a summary framework of the project design, policies, definitions, indicators, procurement procedures, guidelines and plans should be agreed with the Bank, prior to effectiveness. Successful implementation of the project is highly dependent on the stability of key project management staff, both at the local and Bank levels, and a stable political environment. The project did not develop an appropriate monitoring and evaluation system to follow throughout the implementation period. Indigenous Peoples Development Plan (IPDP) should have ownership from the beneficiary indigenous communities.

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Panama - Roads Rehabilitation Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/134341468774912340/Panama-Roads-Rehabilitation-Project