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FBR forms unit to supervise border services project
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FBR forms unit to supervise border services project

ISLAMABAD: A Project Management Unit (PMU) has been formed in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to supervise and complete the border services project in time.

According to the details, the financial cost of the unit is included in PC-I. At the border crossing point level, the National Logistic Cell (NLC) will act as Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to supervise day to day activities and assist the FBR for timely completion of the project.

The PMU project director in FBR has been given full financial and administrative powers with technical, financial and safeguards management staff hired from the market on compatible salary packages and the sub PMU will be headed by a project coordinator at BCP level to carryout functions at site on behalf of PMU and coordinate with the PIU for smooth implementation of the project.

At sub PMU and the PIU level, technical expertise will be augmented through hiring project management consultants who will be recruited outside and attached to PIU at each border crossing point.

The overall responsibility for delivery on safeguards management rests with FBR as enforcement through PMU and PIU’s to be established at FBR and Border crossing points. The existing capacity of PMU and PIU is reviewed and the institutional arrangement available and to be put in place for delivery on safeguards management and preparation.

As the Project Monitoring Unit at FBR will be over all responsible for the delivery on safeguards management, hence at PMU level a Environmental and Social Safeguards management Cell (ESC) from within staff at PMU will be established or notified to oversee and monitor land acquisition and resettlement progress and coordinate Asian Development Bank safeguards management team throughout project implementation period.