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Alexandria | Implementation Schedule

  1. 1. March 27, 2004To: Mr. Tyler Holt / Mr. Mohamed El Alfy - CTOs USAID CairoFrom: SEGURA/IP3Re. Contract AFP-I-00-03-00035-00 Task Order # 800 Water & Wastewater Feasibility Study for PSP in Alexandria, Egypt Deliverable No. 1 - Project Implementation ScheduleSEGURA/IP3 is pleased to submit to USAID Cairo this first project deliverable,summarizing the initial consulting team activities and proposing a ProjectImplementation Schedule, as described belowProject Start-upThe consulting team undertook its initial mission to Egypt in connection with this projectfrom March 18 to 29, 2004. Expatriate team members present were: • Jorge F. Segura - Managing Partner • Guillermo Yepes- Team Leader • Bernardo Gómez - Financial Analyst • Terence Driscoll - Utility Expert / EngineerTo begin the project, team members had a meeting with USAID technical officers inorder to review the general framework of mission assistance to the Water & Wastewatersector, discuss prior and ongoing project work of relevance to this Task Order, and tobenefit from the CTOs perspectives on the critical aspects surrounding itsimplementation.In addition to a prior study obtained before the teams mobilization, an initial set ofdocuments was requested from the mission. During the course of our visit, suchdocuments have begun to be received by the team and are currently under review. Themission also arranged a meeting with the Chief of Party and staff of the USAID fundedWWSPR project, to provide us with an important overview of WW sector reform effortscurrently underway. Present was Dr. Beyaly, Executive Director of the Central Dept. forPrivate Sector Projects (CDPSP) of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Communities. Thisassistance by the mission is very much appreciated.15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 - Rockville, Maryland 20850 – Tel (301) 296-4344 – Fax (301) 983-6460 1
  2. 2. The team also held meetings with local professionals with sector knowledge, including ofcourse the Cairo based local consultants in our team, Mr. Farrouk Hussein (FinancialAnalyst) and Dr. Ahmed Amin Hassan (Legal Advisor).Meetings in AlexandriaThe team mobilized to Alexandria and had an extremely positive reception by theauthorities. The meetings held, arranged with the support of our Senior Policy AdvisorDr. Schaker Helmi, included: • Meeting with the Governor of Alexandria, who expressed the Governorate of Alexandrias commitment to undertaking PSP and his total support • Discussions with Mr. Mohamed Bassiony, Secretary General Governorate of Alexandria, including their views surrounding PSP perspectives and policy framework • A presentation by the team organized by Mr. Bassiony at the Governorate for the top management of the WW utility companies, AWGA and AGOSD, to introduce the team, describe the scope of work and solicit their cooperation in the execution of the study • Visit to AWGA (Ms. Aida Mahargy, Head of Administration and Financial Affairs and Mr. Mohammed Gamal, Head of Administration1) to gain a basic understanding of current situation and initiate data collection • Visit to AGOSD (Chairman and management team of the utility) to initiate a dialogue, data collection and form an opinion about the condition of thesanitation sector in Alexandria.Adjustments to Scope of WorkAs noted earlier, the team had received a copy of the Alexandria Water & WastewaterPSP Options Study prepared by consultants Nathan and Deloitte in 2002. This studyhighlighted three potential PSP options and recommended a concession.It is too early in the project to venture any comments about this recommendation or toassess whether or not the conditions are currently appropriate for this type of PSP.However, in our initial exchange with the Governorates top management we establishedthe convenience of providing them with a "policy decision making matrix", a short andfocused document aimed at clarifying some of the key implications of the different PSPoptions, in preparation for the "Governorate Policy Statement Paper" (Deliverable No. 2). Although this initial document is not specifically in the SOW, the team believes it willenhance the discussions and the definition of the framework and model for WW PSP inAlexandria.1 On this opportunity the team could not meet the Chairperson of AWGA, who was on travel at the time ofour visit.15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 - Rockville, Maryland 20850 – Tel (301) 296-4344 – Fax (301) 983-6460 2
  3. 3. Project Implementation ScheduleIn the attached timetable and notes, we present an initial chronogram of project activities.The dates proposed alter somewhat the original targets for submission of deliverables, asestimated in our technical proposal. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the overallcompletion of this study remains within the estimated period of completion i.e. byNovember 30, 2004.It is also noteworthy that the dates indicated in this timetable refer to the presentation ofdeliverables to the USAID mission, in English. We anticipate that there will be somevariation in regard to the submission of final reports to the Secretary General of theGovernorate of Alexandria, in Arabic.Next StepsThe team has initiated the establishment of a project office in Alexandria and hasprepared the list of data collection to be presented to AWGA and AGOSD in theimmediate future. Our Egyptian team members will be working with their correspondingexpatriate counterparts in obtaining and analyzing the technical, financial andlegal/institutional information (see list attached).The key objective for SEGURA/IP3 is to satisfy the vision of the Governorate ofAlexandria and USAID Egypt, preparing for an "implementable" PSP transaction, asexplicitly expressed by the authorities.We look forward to working with USAID/Egypt and the Governorate of Alexandria onthis very important project.Very truly yours,Jorge F. SeguraManaging PartnerSEGURA / IP3 Partners LLCcc: Mark Karns, USAID/Wcc: Tyler Holt – Mohamed El Alfy, USAID/Cairocc: Matt Hensley, IP315200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 - Rockville, Maryland 20850 – Tel (301) 296-4344 – Fax (301) 983-6460 3
  4. 4. Alexandria Water & Wastewater PSP Study Project Implementation ScheduleActivity Time in weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 March April May June July August September October November DTASK 1 (Policy Statement)Initial visit xx xData collection and validation xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xxConsiderations for main policy decision making * Report 1 >> >> >> >> >>Policy Statement * Report (2) >> >> >> * Team visit xx xx * Workshop (1) >>TASK 2 (Needs Assessment) * Report (3) >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> * Team visit - needs assessment discussion- x xxTASK 3 (Feasibility Study) * Feedback from GoE, oficials on reports 1 & 2 >> * Report (4) >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> * Team visit x xx * Workshop (2) >> >>TASK 4 (Transaction & Implementation Plan) * Report (5) >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> * Final report (6) >> >> >> >> >> >> * Presentation and next stepsReligious holidays (Ramadan) -Oct 29 - Dec2 - aprox-Notes: 1. Weeks start on Sundays, from March 21/04 2. Schedule shows deliverables, workshops and expatriate visits only 3. Draft reports submitted to USAID, Cairo (in English); final reports ( Arabic & English) inmediately follow after receiving comments 15200 Shady Grove Road, Suite 350 - Rockville, Maryland 20850 – Tel (301) 296-4344 – Fax (301) 983-6460 4