Long before the asphalt is laid, making sure roads work for everyone

Roads are fundamental to economies and social well-being. They connect people with Meghalayatopopportunities and everyday essentials. But despite their essential nature, one billion people globally still live more than 2 kilometers from an all-season road. The need for roads is immense and building them requires strategic planning. 

Long before the asphalt is actually laid, the right choices need to be made regarding road construction. One tool that helps authorities make critical decisions is The Highway Design and Maintenance Standards Model (HDM), a software package developed by the World Bank and partners that is as important to road projects as asphalt or medians. 

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eC2: Market study for third-party logistics and temperature-controlled logistics services in Latin and Central America

Deadline:  24-May-2021 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

This assignment comprises market studies on both the development of third-party logistics (3PL) infrastructure and services as well as temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) in Chile and Central America.
The main objectives of this assignment are to:
(i) identify existing suppliers of 3PL and TCL services and their growth plans;
(ii) identify key constraints and growth drivers for the sectors serviced by providers; and
(iii) outline potential private investment opportunities to develop 3PL and TCL solutions in these markets. These assessments should ultimately recommend strategies to invest in existing players to help them scale up their operations, including suggestions of services to be offered, potential partners, assets to be used, clients to be attracted, geographical area and type of goods to be serviced and a high-level roadmap for implementation in a phased manner.

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eC2: Market Assessment of the Temperature-Controlled Logistics (TCL) in Thailand

Deadline: 10-Aug-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)logistics_management_information_system_sarah_farhat

This Assignment is a market study for TCL services sector in Thailand. TCL services would include transportation/storage/distribution, together with other value-added services, of food/perishable products in a temperature-controlled environment.

The main objectives of the Assignment are to:
i. determine the existing and future demand and supply for TCL services along the entire value chain for several sub sectors requiring such services such as agribusiness, supermarkets, dairy, meats, quick foods, seafood, pharmaceuticals etc. and the extent of inhouse versus independent TCL service providers (3PL players) in this space
ii. carry out a comprehensive analysis of the margin structure and economics of the value chain
iii. determine the key constraints and growth drivers for these services as well as for increased outsourcing of such services to 3PL players, and
iv. recommend strategies which could be followed for establishing a new TCL service operation in Thailand, especially private sector involvement and help IFC identify leading operators in this space, that may be candidates for potential financing to support their growth plans.

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eC2: Logistics Market and Business Analysis in Indonesia

Deadline: 16-Jul-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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A) A market overview of the logistics sector in Indonesia (traditional plus e-logistics) including a demand-supply analysis now and in the next 5 years.
B) A market share estimation for the Platform with estimated revenues, which necessarily includes an estimation of fares and Average Order Value (AOV) evolution.
C) An overall assessment of the Platform business plan, including growth assumptions, estimated necessary resources, Capex and Opex to achieve the objectives, like facilities, fleet, human resources and systems.

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eC2: Trade Logistics for Agribusiness Toolkit

Deadline:  19-Nov-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) afg-nhlp-lagman-sep19

Conclusion: The final section will provide a short summary of the drawbacks and benefits of implementing the TLA toolkit.

Deliverables: The consultant will produce a concise toolkit (guidebook) addressing issues described in the scope of work. The toolkit will be no more than 50 pages in length (aside from any annexes). In addition to the toolkit the toolkit will be developed into an interactive and modular web-based tool that policymakers and development partners can use as a self-guided tutorial.

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South Asia’s transport corridors can lead to prosperity

This blog is based on the report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly transport-corridors-blogproduced with the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

No doubt, South Asia’s prosperity was built along its trade routes.

One of the oldest, the Grand Trunk Road from the Mughal era still connects East and West and in the 17th century made Delhi, Kabul and Lahore wealthy cities with impressive civic buildings, monuments, and gardens.

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From Parts to Products: Why Trade Logistics Matter

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  • The sixth edition of Connecting to Compete reveals a persistent gap between high-income and low-income countries on logistics performance. High-income countries score, on average, 48% better on logistics than low-income countries.
  • Logistics relates to how efficiently countries can move physical goods across and within borders. A country’s performance in this area can determine how it participates in international markets.
  • Emerging trends in logistics include eco-friendly logistics options, labor shortages in both developed and developing countries, and preparedness for cyber threats.


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From Parts to Products: Why Trade Logistics Matter

Published on http://www.worldbank.org.

Washington, 24 July 2018 – Take a close look at your smart phone for a moment. What trade-lpi-2018-warehouse-shutterstockdo you see? A glass screen. A button equipped with fingerprint recognition. A camera lens, flashlight, microphone, and speaker. Each of these components, and others – including chips, processors, batteries – are independently sourced from companies located all over the world and assembled into a finished product at factories, often in China. Any smart phone you purchase, and its components, has likely passed through customs several times, landed on multiple countries and continents, and been touched by countless workers.

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After 20 Years of Isolation, Congolese Cities and Urban Centers Experience a Revival

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  • Much of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast territory is poorly connected.
  • For many such as Christine Monga, a businesswoman in Buta, communication between Kinshasa, the capital, and other provincial cities is challenging with access to rural areas near impossible.
  • To address this situation, the International Development Association (IDA) is financing the Pro-Routes Project that has already rehabilitated over 2,400 kilometers of priority roads.

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Online: Wednesday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.


Jumpstarting the Next Revolution in Food and Agriculture

Follow the event on Twitter with #FoodRevolution

Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm ET/ 15:00 – 16:30 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

Chief Economists Roundtable: The Road to 2030 – New Challenges, New Solutions

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET/ 17:00 – 18:00 GMT ET
Location: MC13-121, World Bank