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The Unicase Team advised EBRD, IFC, the Ministry of Investment, and PPP Centre on the construction and operation of the “Almaty Bypass Road (BAKAD)” project, currently the largest public-private partnership project in Central Asia, US$680-million worth. We conducted an audit of the EPC contractor for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. So far, it has been the first PPP project in the region, structured with the involvement of international advisors and through an open, international competitive process.

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BAKAD, a bypass motorway around Almaty
The Team worked on an assignment related to project supervision. Inter alia, Unicase visited the dormitories and examined the safety of the construction sites, conducted interviews and questionnaires with the workers. Our Team has examined the sites in accordance with the Gender Action Plan, provided by EBRD, to enhance HR policies and practices with respect to gender in order to create equal opportunities in the workforce and to prevent gender-based violence or harassment.
The Project makes a regional impact to the Almaty city itself and the region as a whole, contributing to developing the logistics and economy. The Project has had a significant positive impact on air and life quality, and economic growth in the region, being one of the main city arteries, providing hundreds of thousands of transport units a day driving around the city with an uninterrupted transit access.
BAKAD diverts a large portion of transit traffic away from the city streets, improving connectivity and increasing the speed of cargo transportation as well as the road network's capacity. The injection of US$585 million consisted of an A-loan of US$ 225 for the EBRD’s own account, B-loan of US$125 million syndicated to the Bank of China and PGGM (US$25 million), as well as parallel loans of US$135 million by the Eurasian Development Bank and US$100 million by the Islamic Development Bank.
Impact & Outcome
The Project has been the largest infrastructure project in Kazakhstan outside the oil and gas sector ever, boosting the country’s economy and infrastructure, and influencing millions of people in the region.
Last but not least, the Project promotes an increase in the number of women engaged in construction, which Unicase stands for much of a great deal across Central Asia countries. This will hopefully inspire other industries to introduce diversity into their workforce more.