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China - Huai River Pollution Control Project (English)

Ratings for the Huai River Pollution Control Project for China were as follows: outcomes were satisfactory, the risk to development outcome was low or negligible, Bank performance was satisfactory, and Borrower performance was also satisfactory. Some lessons learned included: at the time of appraisal it was considered too ambitious to adopt a comprehensive basin-wide approach for the project. Today, the greater awareness of water pollution in China increases the likelihood that a multi-province basin-wide approach could be adopted. It is recommended that future similar projects explore the possibility of a comprehensive approach, consisting of a Bank-led multi-agency effort encompassing agriculture and other major factors that have an impact on water quality. Project implementation was affected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic and serious floods. This notwithstanding, a project implementation period of four years provided little flexibility for start up problems and unforeseen events. The project implementation period needs to be set realistically, and consistent with the urban/environment project profile for the region, which is about six to seven years, on average. Such delays may occur regardless of whether or not complaints are valid. The level at which such complaints need to be resolved (State Council) is too high for the project teams to effectively address. This is a relatively common problem for Bank-financed projects in China. It is recommended that the Bank consider adopting some mechanism to resolve complaints in International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures in a consolidated way.


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    China - Huai River Pollution Control Project

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China - Huai River Pollution Control Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.